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:
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