Body Image & Eating Tips
Our bodies do not define who we are. Check out these tips to help you develop healthy body image and eating patterns.
Remember that most aspects of your body cannot be changed.
All bodies are wired to be a certain size and shape. Your body will fight to keep the shape it was born to be. What you can change are your beliefs and attitudes about your body. Change starts with you.
Recognize that your weight is not a measure of self-worth.
And why should it be? Your self-worth is your view of yourself as a whole person – your personality, your kindness, your talents, the contributions you make with your family, friends, community, and more. Your weight is just weight. Don’t make it any more important than that.
Look at the positive things in life.
Shut down those voices in your head that say your body is not “right”. Overpower those negative thoughts with positive ones. Think of anything positive that has happened to you today and how it made you feel.
Be critical when it comes to the media.
Notice the images, ads, and people on social media, etc., that make you feel bad about yourself. Challenge them! Are they realistic? Remember, your worth does not depend on how closely you fit these unrealistic images.
Surround yourself with positive people, including those on social media.
It is easier to feel good about yourself when you are around others who know it is important to like yourself and each other just as you naturally are. These people can support you in making you feel good about yourself.
Keep a list of the positives in your life and things you like about yourself.
Your talents, your accomplishments, intelligence, favourite sports, best friends – things that aren’t related to your appearance. Add more to this list as you become more aware of things you like about yourself and go over it when you begin to feel bad about yourself.
Do something nice for yourself – something that lets your body know you appreciate and respect it.
Some examples might be taking a bubble bath, getting your hair cut, or buying a new outfit – and be sure to choose clothing that is comfortable and makes you feel good about your body.
Appreciate the purpose and all of the functions that your body can do.
For example, your arms make it possible to give a hug, your face allows you to make expressions! Your body, all of it, truly is a masterpiece. It not an enemy that needs to be controlled. You might even like to write a thank-you letter to your body about being your greatest ally!
Talk to someone you trust.
For more self-care options check out the Apps & Tools section. Sometimes help from a professional is needed, check out the Get Support section.