A positive body image is something we should all strive for. This is the case when you know yourself and who you are. You have a very accurate idea of your size, shape and weight. You see yourself as you are in the present. You accept yourself, even though you may be overweight. You believe in yourself and love yourself while still striving for something better. When you have a positive body image, you don’t spend time worrying about food, weight, calories, exercise, etc. . You are proud of who you are and feel good about your own body.
Many people who suffer from binge eating disorders do not have a positive body image. Instead, they have a very distorted image of how they see themselves. Here are Six Steps To A Positive Body Image for yourself.
1. Make a list of people you admire
Write down why you admire each person. As you write down the qualities you like, pay attention to what you are writing down.
For example, say you have high regard for Oprah. Your list might include her generosity to people, her willingness to support what she believes in, and her strong character that led to success regardless of her background. You don’t admire Oprah for her looks; you admire her for the difference she has made in the world. For her contribution to society. How she has touched and changed so many lives.
2. Recall a time in your life when you felt good about yourself
Travel back in your life to a time when you were happy with your body. Maybe it was in high school or college. Either way, just close your eyes and remember how you felt. Let those good feelings radiate inside you.
3. Write down what you like about yourself now
Take a piece of paper and write down everything you like about yourself: your legs, your eyebrows, your smile, your hair, etc. The most important thing is to focus on the things you like about yourself, not on the many things you don’t like. Start appreciating what you like about yourself. This will make you feel better about yourself overall.
4. Pay attention to how you act when you walk
Do you walk with your head down and look at the ground? Do you slump your shoulders? Get lively. Start walking and make eye contact with people. Keep your head up. Walk with your shoulders back.
5. Start exercising
If you haven’t exercised in a while, start slowly. Go for a walk outside on a nice day. If you are used to exercising, stick with it and alternate your routine so you don’t get bored. When you exercise, start feeling good, even if it’s just 15 minutes. Start slow and increase.
6. Spend time with positive people
Look at the people who are closest to you. Are they positive or negative people? If they are negative, that attitude will likely transfer to you and your attitude. Try to limit your time with negative people, as this will only make you feel bad about yourself. You will focus on the things you don’t like about yourself.
Start feeling good about yourself and learn to accept yourself. Little by little you will notice that changes have occurred. Learn to be on your side instead of always being against yourself. Put your shoulders back and stop thinking about what you are not. Love the person you are and the person you are becoming.