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Body positivity focuses on equality and acceptance for all body types and sizes. As a social movement, it seeks to challenge how our society, particularly all forms of the media presents and views the physical human body.

 

Society, culture, media and social media hugely influence body image by defining and dictating what is currently attractive. For example, until the 1900’s higher body weight was a sign of wealth & fertility whereas, in more recent times, thinness and fitness are seen as symbols of wealth as they indicate self care.

 

What is Body Image?

Body image is the way you feel when you look in the mirror, or how you feel about your body. A person can have a positive body image, when they feel good about themselves, or a negative body image when they feel less positive about the way they look or feel. 

 

Why is it important to have a positive body image?

Having a positive body image means you accept yourself for who you are and are comfortable in your own skin.  A person with a positive body image is happy and content with the way they look and feels good about themselves. A good body image means placing less importance on looks and more importance on who you are as a person. 

 

What impacts our perception of our body image?

-Society’s current perception of beauty and health. 

-Social media

-Toxic environments or relationships

-Advertising

-Clothing stores and clothes sizing 

 

What can help me be more body positive?

-Remember that beautiful is not a size, it is about who you are.

-Carefully consider who you follow on social media – if the content makes you feel bad about yourself, then unfollow. 

-Avoid falling into the trap of comparing yourself unfavorably with curated images on instagram etc. 

-Be careful of the influence of the broader media, its influencers and celebrities. Everyone can look good with a fleet of stylists, hairdressers, makeup artists and photoshopping!

-Instead of criticising yourself, find something you like about yourself instead. 

 

Being bombarded from so many sources by images of the current ideal body shape, can make us feel unhappy and uneasy in our bodies.  This can take a huge toll on our mental health and especially our self-esteem and self-love. Recognising our own negative body image thoughts is the first step to re-writing our personal self-narrative. 

 

 If how you feel about your body is causing you distress, why not consider talking through how you feel about yourself with a Qualified Professional. We have both Face to Face and Online Therapists near your location. 

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