Body Image: Seeking the Truth
Every Monday features a tip, exercise, inspiring quote or other tidbit to help boost your body image. For many of us, Mondays are tough. We may feel anxious and stressed out, anticipating an arduous week, especially if we didn’t get much rest and relaxation during the weekend.
These kinds of feelings don’t create the best environment for improving one’s body image. In fact, you might be harder on yourself and easily frustrated. You might even feel like you’re walking on egg shells – with yourself! With these posts, I hope you’ll have a healthier and happier body image day, that’ll last throughout the week.
Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll be happy to feature it. It can be anything you do that’s healthy and helps boost your body image. I’d love to hear from you!
Elizabeth Gilbert opens her book, Eat, Pray, Love with the following quote from Sheryl Louise Moller (yes, I’m the last person on this planet who’s just starting to read the book, but I’ve seen the movie!):
Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.
It sounds simple enough but how often have you let truth telling and truth seeking guide your body image? What I mean is: How often have you opened up your body image to study its contents?
How often have you been honest with yourself about what you need, what you want, what makes you happy? About the small stuff, the big stuff and everything in between?
Weeks ago, we explored what a negative body image really encompasses. When I started digging deeper into my own body image, I realized that my desire to look thin was less – so much less – about appearance and more about changing myself as a whole and living a life I thought I wanted. A life that I thought being pretty and thin would automatically bring.
So changing my body, as I found out, didn’t do much for me. It was in adopting healthier habits and exploring who I am and accepting who I am that made a significant and positive impact.
But we can’t discover these layers, we can’t traverse the cave of our deep thoughts and desires, unless we’re committed to seeking the truth.
One way to seek the truth is to talk to yourself, like you would to a close friend. Today, for instance, devote 30 minutes (or whatever amount of time you can) to have an honest conversation.
Here’s a list of questions you might bring up that either directly or indirectly can improve your body image:
- What’s contributed to the way I feel about my body?
- What are the pivotal moments that stick out in my mind that have shaped my self-image?
- What would it take to solidify my self-acceptance?
- Are these things really the key to my happiness?
- What do I fear about my body image?
- How would my life improve if I accepted my shape, size and weight right now?
- What makes me happy? Can I do that every day?
- What’s my greater purpose?
- What does being beautiful really mean to me?
- Do I truly respect my body and myself?
- How do the people in my life make me feel about my body and myself overall?
Today’s favorite post. “Creating Affirmations to Add Positive Self-Talk to Our Lives” at A Weight Lifted.
If you feel comfortable, share an answer or two below. What other questions do you think are important to ask about body image?
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). Body Image: Seeking the Truth. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 9, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2010/08/body-image-seeking-the-truth/