How do I stop feeling bad about my body?
Last Updated: 08/12/2019 at 4:10pm
Rory Boutilier, Registered Professional Counsellor
I use a client-centered approach to help you reach your goals. You are the expert on you! Particular areas: depression, anxiety, decision-making, change, self-injury.
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it can take a long time, but what can help is practicing being kind to your body. when you start feeling bad about it, maybe try thinking of some good things it has done, like helped you move around or dance or draw or sing or whatever applies to your life. another thing that can help is recognizing when you're being unkind to your body. when you think those thoughts, stop yourself and recognize that you're being unkind and that your body has done a lot for you. and lastly, remind yourself every day that you're beautiful!! good luck!
I am going to give a simple answer, although this is obviously a complex problem. Firstly, I want to express that I am not a professional, and my advice is not for everyone. My answer to feeling better about your body is to do three things. Firstly, stop comparing yourself to other people. I feel like that is the worst of all the problems with most people, and of course is easier to say than to do. Second, don't focus on the things you dislike about your body. The more you think about it, the worse you will feel. i.e., if you dislike your nose, don't think about your nose. The best way to stop thinking about what you dislike about your body is by counter-acting it with thoughts of what you DO like about your body (and don't tell me nothing!). i.e., If you like your eyes, focus on how much you like your eyes instead of how much you dislike your nose. Finally, you have to accept your body. This is the hardest thing to do, but it is truly the solution to the majority of unsolvable problems. You might dislike getting sick, or always needing to breathe, but it is inevitable. You have to accept that it is who you are, and that it is ok. Realize that a problem doesn't define you unless you allow it to. Accept that it is something that makes you who you are, but don't allow it to tell you who you must be. All of this is much easier for me to say than to implement, and please don't think that I expect this to be easy. I understand how you are feeling, and through personal experience, I know that it isn't easy to resolve. You just have to stop believing that your body is the most/only important thing about you. I hope the best for you, and I hope that I helped in the slightest!
Look at yourself. Truly look at yourself. There are no mistakes. You are beautiful the way you are. Understanding this is the first step. Be okay with how you look. Never, ever feel the need to look like someone else, or pressure to be like those we see on tv. You are unique!
Your body is beautiful, maybe surrounding yourself with people who see that in you would help, while at the same time trying to ignore mean ones who spill lies everywhere.
well as a 225 pound girl, I learned that i was only feeling bad because the people around me wanted me to feel bad. but that wasnt my problem. I might not be skinny, but i know that that really isnt very much when it comes to personality. i realized that i had to learn to love myself, before i could truely love others... and that was hard but i think it mad me a better person.
Practice body acceptance. Often in recovery we are told to love our bodies, but really everyone is talking about body acceptance. Accept your body how it is at this very moment. You will have good days and bad days.
When you look at your body, and you're feeling low about it...stop those thoughts. Talk to yourself and point out your positive attributes-- such as your eyes or your hair for example.
It's a long process to make. What you need is to learn to accept and love yourself for what you are. It doesn't happen within a day, but I think you can do it. Try to only think positive thoughts about yourself. You could try saying one thing a day that you like about yourself.. :)
Embrace all of the things you like about yourself, as well as, all of the flaws that you have, and accept them. Having flaws make you unique, and its part of who you are. You are the only "you" out there, and you only get one body to live with. So love and embrace yourself and your body.
Fall in love with it, kiss it, look at your reflection and always say positive comments about it... "You have no idea how much I love you, how good you look, I love your tummy, your eyes, hair etc..." You will eventually believe it and all those bad feelings will vanish... I promise you.
Something that is helping me is learning to Meditate and Doing Positive Affirmations. I don't know if you are open to this possibility, but just putting the idea out there
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