Chronic illness significantly impacts the relationship you have with your body. It’s hard enough for people to feel confident without the added complication of being sick. I want this article to be for everyone though, not just those who are sick. Every body is valid. Everyone deserves to love themselves fully and that includes loving how you look. It’s much easier said than done. I have gone through significant struggles. From disordered eating to working out so hard that I couldn’t function for days. The goal is self love and that looks different for everyone. Here are some practical ways to improve body image.
- Power Pose
I love a good power pose. I was taught this in theatre and speech. It’s basically standing like superman. I usually choose to do it in the mirror. I pair it with some affirmations. It’s proven to make you happier and more confident.
The affirmations you choose are totally up to you. I suggest something like “You’re beautiful, You’re strong, and You can do anything.” Simple, easy to remember and creates a lasting impact. Whether you do this with a power pose or not, this is a great reminder. You can set up alarms on your phone to remind you of your affirmations. Like a message from your past self reminding you how worthy you are. It always makes my heart happy.
- Don’t Put an Emphasis on Meals
I realize that if you’re in an eating disorder this is not as simple as stopping. This is for the average person who just needs a boost. What I mean by this is don’t use food as a reward or punishment. Eat what you feel like eating. How mindful you are about what you put into your body is completely up to you and your goals. Don’t let others impact how you view your diet.
- Exercise in Ways you enjoy
I say exercise not because it’ll make you smaller. I say exercise because it’s proven to give endorphins which make you inherently happier. Exercise, much like food, shouldn’t be a way to punish yourself. It’s a way to connect with your body and fuel it in a way that it appreciates. If walks are enjoyable for you, walk. You can run, dance, bike, anything that your little heart desires. Don’t punish yourself.
None of my articles would be complete without a reminder to be mindful. I choose to use meditation as part of my mindfulness. I manifest confidence through guided meditation. This allows me to be more confident and loving of my body in daily life. That may look different for you. It’s just an option though and I have found it to be helpful in my life.
All of these are practical ways to improve body image. They aren’t revolutionary ideas. A lot of my personal journey was about reframing behavior. Rather than being extremely restrictive with calories, I focus on fueling my body. I don’t exercise to lose weight, I do it to make my body feel stronger. I remind myself that I am enough no matter my size. I hope that you find these helpful. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or self image please reach out for professional help. You deserve to love yourself just as you are. Your worth is not attributed to your size.
I hope you’re having an amazing day. I hope that your day is filled with joy, positivity, and laughter. I hope that you find peace, love, and happiness.