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Easy steps to improve your body image

Easy steps to improve your body image

Something every single person has had issues with at some point. For many of us, it’s now! Especially doing what I do, I see people struggle with this ALL. THE. TIME. Which is why I try my best to take the approach I do in encouraging you to make decisions based on how you want to FEEL not look. Which is easier said than done.

Now more than ever, we’re surrounded by images of ‘perfect’ physiques and messages about what we ‘should’ look like. Don’t even get me started on Diet Culture. That can be a topic for a whole other newsletter! My point being, we’re getting these ideas in our heads of how we THINK we need to look in order to be happy, successful, fulfilled etc. We’re holding ourselves to these socially constructed standards that aren’t even our own.

Here’s the reality: You’re never going to find happiness/content chasing an ‘ideal physique’. The people that truly matter in your life will NOT care if you have reached your ‘goal body’ or not. If anything they’ll probably like you less because all you care about is looking a certain way & end up being no fun to be around (but really). The people that love you and the people you want to attract are people that care about you being healthy on the inside, treating your body with respect and having confidence in all your awesome traits that have nothing to do with what you look like.

Here’s what I recommend for overcoming issues with body image:

  1. Start seeing food and exercise as a means to FEEL better & live longer
  2. Don’t treat food as a reward or punishment. Those kind of behaviors only set you up to use food as a form of control. This is why I’m not big on ‘cheat meals’. Again, food is fuel. All food gives fuel & serves a purpose. Don’t abuse it.
  3. STOP ONLY SEEING YOUR PERCEIVED FLAWS. How often do you look in the mirror only to pick yourself apart. Next time you look in the mirror, I encourage you to choose 3 things you love about yourself and walk away.
  4. Understand that confidence is a CHOICE not something you are granted. You can have confidence right now. Crazy right? You just need to decide to appreciate yourself for the rad person you are and be proud of that!
  5. Do more things you LOVE. There are so many ways to cultivate happiness that have nothing to do with how you look. Go fill yourself with that kind of joy.
  6. Wear clothes that fit YOU don’t make you fit the clothes. Only wear things that are comfortable & make you feel good. 
  7. Surround yourself with people that are encouraging, lift you up and DON’T talk negatively about themselves either! Both in real life & on social media.
  8. Listen to your body. There’s SO much out there about nutrition, what to eat, what not to eat etc. It gets overwhelming. How do you know what to do? Well, start paying attention to how certain foods make YOU feel! Of course basic nutrition is important (balanced meals, lots of veggies etc) but at the end of the day, it all boils down to listening to your hunger / satiety cues and eating foods that make you feel good and give you energy.
  9. Know that you are the only you to exist EVER. No person looks or is exactly like you. That’s pretty freaking cool and why do anything but embrace that?!
  10. Be aware of who you are letting influence you. Social media specifically. Are you following people that are just making you feel bad about the way you look? (not directly but you’re only following them because ‘goals’). If the only ‘value’ they bring to you is their body…unfollow. You don’t need that in your life and it’s NOT constructive or helpful.

At the end of the day, it’s really taking a step back to analyze & deconstruct your thoughts & actions towards yourself and decide whether or not you are being progressive in finding true happiness, confidence & fulfillment. You are so much more than your body and you need to start respecting that! At the end of your life, will you be happy with how much energy, focus & emotion you gave to how much you weighed or what you looked like? Do you want the impact you leave to be based on your physical appearance or how you treated others & led by example?

Hope this was helpful and as always, click that reply button if you have any questions or comments! I always love hearing from you <3

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