Body Image & Faces of Beauty
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!
It took me a long time to realize my own beauty. And sometimes, it’s still a struggle.
Maybe you feel the same way.
Maybe you’ve also spent many years wanting to look like other people. Many years thinking you could be pretty if you just lost weight. Many years nit-picking at your reflection and beating yourself up. Many years feeling uneasy, uncomfortable and insecure in your own skin.
Many years of struggling with self-doubt and self-loathing.
But here’s the thing – you’re not alone. So many of us struggle with these things. Opening your eyes to your own beauty can be a process, but that’s OK. You’ll get there.
Today, I wanted to share some inspiration to help you – and I – along.
Last week, I came across a truly beautiful website called Faces of Beauty, started by Heather who struggled with disordered eating and finding her own beauty. About her goal for Faces of Beauty, she writes:
Faces of Beauty is on a mission to celebrate the incredible and unique beauty in all of us. It throws off the societal pressures to look a certain way and gives an opportunity to share what we love about ourselves.
The hope is that Faces of Beauty will help start a revolution of men, women, and children learning to love themselves just as they are!
I think this mission is fantastic! On the website, you’ll find a new photo every day along with a description of how each woman discovered her own unique beauty. I highly recommend browsing through the many posts. Here are just a few excerpts from some of them.
“I am beautiful because I never stop growing or striving to be a better person. I care for those around me with empathy and compassion and constantly endeavor to better the lives of others. My curiosity, passion, and ability to laugh even in the darkest times are beautiful as well.
I have beautiful legs that have carried my body on mountaintop hikes and propelled me on swims through the ocean. My beautiful arms reach out with tenderness toward those I love and open acceptingly when I find myself in need of comfort. Behind my beautiful face is a beautiful mind that contains so much knowledge but is ready to receive infinitely more.” ~ Steff
“I believe beauty comes from having a gentle inner spirit. It’s not found on the aisles of Target, on the covers of magazines or on the latest hit television show. I am beautiful because God made me so, not because of the clothes I wear or what number is on the scale. I’m sensitive and loyal, and will follow my heart even if it kills me. When I look in the mirror I can see my mother, and I’m proud of the woman I’ve grown up to be. Beauty is the grandmother with a story to tell, the young boy hanging onto his mother’s skirt, the couple so deeply in love and the sunrise every morning.” ~ Jenna
“It’s interesting when looking a photo of your self natural. I have spent a pretty good chunk of my adult life wanting to fix the way I look. Namely through dieting and now overcoming a binge eating disorder. I have shut out what other people have seen and have dieted my spirit into a frail piece of something that I used to be. However, as I emerge from the place that I have been in the past two years I am beginning to not only see my physical beauty…but my spiritual beauty radiating. I am learning that my weight has nothing to do with how I am perceived by myself and others. Rather, it’s how I present and love myself. Knowing that there’s a little voice inside of me that wants to be at peace with myself, food, exercise and life keeps me going everyday to overcome the negative thought patterns which riddle my mind. More though, I keep finding the strength to find my inner beauty. The natural essence of who I have always been and who I am becoming.”
Spend some time today thinking about your own beauty or what beauty means to you. Consider journaling about it, too.
Also, you can participate in Faces of Beauty. All you need to do is send Heather a photo and a 500-word or less description about your own beauty. Check out this link for more details.
What do you love about yourself? What makes you feel beautiful? How did you learn to love yourself? What does beauty mean to you?
BTW, stay tuned this week for a great interview on mindfulness and body image!
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). Body Image & Faces of Beauty. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 29, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2010/10/body-image-faces-of-beauty/