Loving the body you're in...
Sep 8, 2022
It is a novel concept.
One that is difficult for a lot of us, who have self-perceived body image issues.
This is a deeper issue than most people realize!!!!
A few possibilities:
Body Dysmorphic Disorder: This is a disorder of “imagined ugliness.” What individuals with this disorder see in the mirror is a grossly distorted view of what they actually look like. Often, these individuals will spend hours examining, attempting to conceal, or obsessing over their perceived flaws. Some people spend thousands of dollars on plastic surgery to improve their bodies. (Does Michael Jackson ring a bell, anyone? Not trying to offend here, I promise. He was just the first celebrity to pop in my head.)
Anorexia Nervosa: This disorder is characterized by an extreme fear of gaining weight and these individuals perceive their bodies as larger or “fat” even though they are grossly underweight.
Bulimia Nervosa: Individuals with this disorder are also very dissatisfied with their bodies and have extreme concern with body weight and shape.
Depression: In many instances, individuals with depression often have a distorted view of themselves and believe they are less attractive than they really are.
So, how do we overcome?!?!
It is important to combat negative body image because it can lead to depression, shyness, social anxiety, and self-consciousness in intimate relationships. Negative body image may also lead to an eating disorder. It is time that we stop judging our bodies harshly and learn to appreciate our inner being, soul, and spirit. A few ways to improve:
- Affirm that your body is perfect just the way it is.
- Think of your body as a tool. Create an inventory of all the things you can do with it.
- Walk with your head high with pride and confidence in yourself as a person, not a size.
- Create a list of people you admire who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Was their appearance important to their success and accomplishments?
- Do not let your size keep you from doing things you enjoy.
- Replace the time you spend criticizing your appearance with more positive, satisfying pursuits.
- Let your inner beauty and individuality shine.
- Think back to a time in your life when you liked and enjoyed your body. Get in touch with those feelings now.
- Be your body’s ally and advocate, not its enemy.
- Beauty is not just skin-deep. It reflects your whole self. Love and enjoy the person inside.
Ask yourself this question... Do you want what you say about yourself to be true? If the answer is no, Stop saying it to yourself. You are not what your negative thoughts make you believe that you are.
Chuck and the Neuro Harmony Team.
Journey on, My friends.