What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Have you ever thought “I’m fat”, “There are so many things I need to work on with myself”, “I hate the way I look”, “I wish I looked like her”? Then know that you are not alone. So many women and girls have these thoughts, or others like them, several times a day. A distorted body image effects most women in the U.S. and this negative perception often leads to anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. According to Self Magazine, 65% of women ages 25-45 have an eating disorder. Sixty-five percent! And that doesn’t include adolescent girls where the disorder often begins.
The purpose of this post is not to talk about the prevalence of eating disorders or the signs, symptoms, and treatment for one. We’ll save that for another day. Today is about practicing what you preach. When you hear a friend begin talking badly about herself/himself, do you stop it? Do you instead remind them of all the positive qualities they have? For some reason we correct a friend of negative talk, but yet we justify talking that way to ourselves. “No, she looks great, I don’t.” Sound familiar? Why not instead be a friend to yourself? From now on when you begin putting yourself down, immediately think of what a friend would say to you. Replace the negative with a positive and remind yourself of what a wonderful person you are.
Remember a negative feeds a negative and will continue to control you until you break the cycle. Nobody’s perfect. It’s our imperfections that make us who we are….and that’s beautiful.
It’s more common to hear someone putting themselves down than lifting themselves up with positivity. Let’s change that. Leave a comment and say what you love about yourself?