I recently connected with Kate Daigle, a counselor in Denver. I wanted to share her recent blog post on 10 ways to improve body image…..
1.) Ask yourself: “How do I feel about my body?”
2.) Find a body image boost buddy (BBB). Reach out to someone you trust and talk about body image.
3.) Speak up when you hear someone talking negative about their body or someone else’s.
4.) Create a vision. Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel inside this body?
5.) Notice your body talk. How do you talk to your body?
6.) Be active.
7.) Wear clothes that make you feel confident.
8.) Notice the messages that influence you.
9.) Listen to positive messages!
10.) Redefine what health, beauty, and happiness mean to you!
If you like Kate’s ideas, visit her website for a free ebook on eating disorders….http://www.katedaiglecounseling.com/
I love this list! By being mindful about the messages we and others send about body image, we can start to change them. We spend so much time and energy being critical of our bodies. We tend to associate our sense of worth with what our body looks like, how much cellulite we see and the number on the scale. How different would your life be if you simply started viewing it as the vehicle that gets you from one place to another? That doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the vehicle. Quite the opposite, the better care you take of your body, the better it will operate without repairs. So, challenge your negative self-talk, challenge the negative body talk you hear from others. Challenge what I call “fat chat” when you hear people talking about dieting. Instead, focus on all of the messages and activities that bring you confidence and a sense of well being. Stop battling your body and start encouraging it. You’ll be surprised what a difference it will make in your self-esteem and body image!