Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit to help boost your body image — and kick-start the week on a positive note!
Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!
Today, let’s chat about the simple ways you can start building a better body image.
While your body image is like an onion — with many layers to peel back to get to the core of the negativity, shame or dissatisfaction – you can still take small steps and get very far in how you feel about your body.
Here are some posts from the past to get you started — or continuing — on boosting your body image.
- Pick a body image role model - someone who’s super comfortable in their own skin and confident in their sense of self. Instead of focusing on wanting to have someone else’s thighs, abs or whatever, you’re focusing on the positive, on truly moving forward in improving your body image.
- Do some self-reflecting to see what’s blocking or boosting your body image with these 15 prompts. It’s so beneficial to stop and figure out what’s working or what’s standing in your way.
- Spend some fun solitary time. One of the reasons why I yearned to be thin was because I was very insecure. I barely knew myself, everything from my dislikes to my true dreams. And if I knew them, I was too scared to voice them. Learn more about yourself, and learn to enjoy your own company. Do things by yourself that you’ve always wanted to.
- Buy clothes that you love. If you feel beautiful in it, then it’s perfect. Forget trends and what others say. If you love it, wear it. I spent way too much time wondering if everyone else would like what I was wearing. Wondering if others were judging me. Wondering if they thought I looked good enough. Now, I have my own style, and I wear what makes me happy. This is one of the first steps to not letting others’ validation steer how you feel about yourself.
- Get yourself some flowers. Yes, you deserve it. And, no, it’s not frivolous.
- Make a list of these five things right now!
- Use your imagination.
- Throw out the scale. Remember that only healthy habits like participating in physical activity that you enjoy lead to health, not bending over backwards counting calories and restricting your intake.
- Evaluate your friends and the people around you. Sometimes, certain people can make your body image worse if they’re constantly making negative comments (either about themselves or you), are knee-deep in dieting and/or believe that thinness is a must.
- Think of what makes you feel beautiful. Maybe it’s someone who makes you feel beautiful, or a certain activity. Maybe next time you get together with your friends, you can talk about that, instead of this.
- Whether you feel good or bad about your body, start taking better care of yourself. There’s no reason not to. Self-care is key for your physical, mental and emotional health. Remember that you don’t have to change your thoughts in order to take action. You don’t have to love your body in order to treat it better. Sometimes the doing can change your thoughts.
- Open your eyes to your own beauty. I know this isn’t a simple quick-fix tip. However, it helps to remind yourself that beauty really does come in so many different shapes, sizes, colors and so on. If seeing your own beauty is just too much for you right now, that’s OK. See the beauty all around you, see how others have started seeing their own beauty. Learn from their lessons.
What are your body-image tips?
What’s helped you to start improving your body image?
Last reviewed: 7 Feb 2014
Tartakovsky, M. (2011). Your Positive Body Image Starter Kit. Psych Central.
Retrieved on April 17, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2011/06/your-positive-body-image-starter-kit/