Have you ever looked in the mirror and wanted to change everything about the way you look? If yes, you're far from alone. Faced with the immense pressure we face on an everyday basis to look a certain way — flawless skin, lush hair, a summer-ready ‘bikini’ body — it is easy to get discouraged and start sheltering negative thoughts about our bodies and ourselves.
Our body image, simply put, is our relationship with ourselves and with the larger world. At Girlmantra, we believe in boosting our mindset and self-esteem to gradually move towards a healthy body-image. Seems complicated? Don’t worry, we've got your back. Here’s a primer on, well, let’s call it: How to Look in the Mirror and Love What You See.
An unhealthy body-image can negatively impact our lives in many ways, such as:
Body image is psychological and physical. It’s the way we think of ourselves and what we think and feel about our body. Having a healthy body image goes beyond not caring about what we see. It begins with acceptance —- acceptance of who we are and what we look like, which deepens into feeling healthy and happy.
Building a healthy body image can be a deliberate undertaking at the beginning. It takes time to chip away at what we’ve been conditioned to believe about ourselves and nourish, in its place, a space where we lovingly tend to ourselves and our needs. We move towards loving ourselves when we begin to stop trying to fit into society’s idea of what our body should look like and instead, focus on the qualities we admire about ourselves.
Cultivating our self-esteem is essential to thinking of ourselves with value and respect. It is the opinion we have of ourselves. Notice the word ‘opinion’. An opinion isn’t a fact, it’s what we think, and evolves and changes as we do. Self-esteem is a building block of healthy body image. Good self-esteem helps us be gentler and kinder to ourselves, flaws and mistakes!
While boosting body image is a deeply personal endeavour for all of us, there do exist expert strategies and tips that you can begin with:
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