Beating Bad Body Image

Good morning loves. So today I want to talk a little bit about body image. It is something that I have been struggling with a great deal lately, and I thought it would be helpful to create a post on my current struggles with body image and include some tips and tricks that I have learned over the years on how to combat bad body image.

It flared up yesterday. I had an appointment with my nutritionist and I found out that I have maintained my weight since the last time I saw her. Now, this is a good thing, right? I should not be upset over this…but the fact is, a part of me WAS upset, very upset. Maintaining weight is almost like a foreign concept to me. Something that I am not used to doing and an idea that I am still trying to wrap my head around. Luckily, I could process some of this with my psychologist afterwards in my therapy appointment. I was upset and anxious because right after this appointment I had an obligation to attend a close friend of mine’s grandparent’s 60th anniversary party. I wanted to see my friend, but my body image was so awful that I just did not feel up to doing anything. Not to mention my social anxiety has been through the roof lately presenting me with even more challenges. Nonetheless, I worked up all of my courage and strength to go. There were a few tactics I used to make myself feel more confident and okay with my body upon attending this event.

  • Something that we worked on in therapy yesterday was replacing negative, and just plain mean statements about myself with a more positive affirmation. So, whenever I started to hear negative voices in my head picking apart my body, I repeated to myself (in my head, but if you want to say it out loud that’s fine, too) ‘ Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up.’ Just saying this phrase to myself helped me to redirect my thoughts.

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  •  Wear something that is comfortable and that makes you feel good about your body…something flattering and something that fits your body well. Before going to the party, I put on a pair of pants that are super comfortable and cute – from anthropology. I like the way they fit and they do not make me feel too exposed, so that boosted my confidence a little bit!

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  • Focus on parts of your body that you do, in fact, like or feel okay about. For example, do your hair in your favorite hairstyle or put on makeup to emphasize the lovely features on your beautiful face! Yesterday I was having a decent hair day and felt the best about that part of my appearance, so I concentrated more on that than any other part of my body.

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  • Do not compare yourself to others! This is a huge problem for me and something that I am constantly doing. Nothing good will come from comparing, however, so it is important to recognize when you are doing it and tell yourself to stop! You are beautiful the way you are and there is no one else like you. Embrace everything about yourself-including your flaws. They are what make you the unique and special person that you are.

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So those are a few of my tips on how to deal with poor body image. I hope this post was an interesting read and helpful for all of you out there struggling with body image. Remember that you are so beautiful and you don’t need to change your appearance to feel good about yourself. You are perfect just as you are.

Tell me: what are your thoughts on body image? Do any of you struggle with body image? If so, how do you deal with it? I would love to hear any tips that you guys have on how to combat bad body image! Please share if you have any thoughts or suggestions on the subject!

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12 thoughts on “Beating Bad Body Image

  1. Usually when I am struggling with body image, all I want to do is hide my body under sweatpants and baggy shirts. Okay, this can be okay on occasion, but when bad body image is a reoccurring theme, I seem to feel worse. I will put on a cute, but comfortable outfit on. If it’s something plain, I’ll doll it up with accessories and jewelry! Then I make myself go out, even for a half hour so that I’m challenging those thoughts.

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  2. Great post! I’ve been thinking about this topic too a LOT. Bad body image is so hard to deal with. I think you have great tips 🙂 And you are BEAUTIFUL! Remember that 🙂 P.S. I totally understand about maintaining weight feeling like a foreign concept. That’s exactly how I feel too. Thanks for your post!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it. And yeah it’s so hard especially when your used to doing the opposite for so long. But we can get through it!! We just have to keep pushing forward. Stay strong beautiful! 💜

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  3. Great tips! I definitely suffer from a bad body image when I gain weight. I end up avoiding doing a lot of things I love until I lose weight as sort of a punishment. I know this is terrible and I wouldn’t want anyone else to do it, but I just can’t help it when I’m feeling bad about myself!

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    1. I’m so sorry that you go through that. I understand where you are coming from though…body image can be suchhhh a tough thing to deal with. Just know that I am here for you and people will accept you no matter what you look like. If they don’t then they are not worth your time! Stay strong ❤

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  4. Wow you did have a lovely hair day ;D I’ve never heard that quite before, I imagine all these annoying little brain cells with legs and glasses sighing and pouting because they’re being told to stop gossiping. Hehehe. I love how you’ve turned was a difficult experience for yourself into something helpful 🙂 I don’t struggle with body image issues too badly so I haven’t got a handful of well-used tips at the top of my head, so something I tend to do if I see myself negatively is to look at myself as one of the crowd. Would I judge myself as ugly or stupid/annoying etc if I was the girl sitting opposite me? Probably not, therefore it is important to keep things in perspective. 🙂

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