Tips for a Healthy Body Image
- Let your body define who or what you are. You are much more than just a body.
- Let obsession with your body keep you from getting closer to others or taking risks.
- Judge others on the basis of appearance, body size, or shape.
- Forget that society changes its ideas of beauty over the years.
- Believe that all thin people are happy with themselves.
- Forget that you are not alone in your pursuit of self-acceptance. It is a life-long process that many people struggle with.
- Be afraid to actually enjoy your body. Don't look at it as something that you are stuck with.
- Accept that bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This is what makes us interesting!
- Remember that you may be your worst critic. Others may find you really attractive.
- Expect normal weekly and monthly changes in weight and shape.
- Explore your internal self, emotionally and spiritually. Also look at yourself as a growing, changing human being.
- Explore all the things you have to offer others: recognize your positive qualities.
- Decide how you wish to spend your energy: should pursuing the perfect image occupy most of your time, or would you rather enjoy the people and positive things in your life?
- Be aware of your own weight prejudice. Explore how those feelings may affect your self-esteem.
Tips Inspired by Sarai Walker’s "Building a Better Body Image"
and “10 things you can do” from About-Face.org.