Monday, 01 Jun 2015
How to survive the 'ideal' body image battle by Jemma Joel
By Private Therapy Clinic
Summer can be a tough time for those who are body conscious, as hot weather equals less clothing. To some, this can be their least favourite time of the year and in turn, can lead to lower self-esteem and more negativity about themselves.
In this day and age, there is a certain body ideal that individuals all over the world are told that they must adhere to. However, focussing on this can have a negative impact on yourself. You may begin to believe that the body they are promoting is what your body should look like. This is not the case. Each individual has a body, a body that they should love – no matter what the ‘ideal’ is. For women especially, we are put on a pedastal; no cellulite, flat tummies and curves in all the right places. But real women do have parts of their body that they don’t like. Why don’t they like them? Because they are told that they shouldn’t. Loving your body can be easier said than done, especially if you believe that you shouldn’t. But the truth is, the majority of photographs in the media of the ‘ideal’ body are photoshopped. Even models get their pictures photoshopped!
Barely any of what is portrayed in the media is real, however it impacts individuals all over the world due to the emphasis that is placed upon it. Unfortunately this will not change overnight, but what can change is the way you feel about yourself. If you suffer with low self-esteem and do not like your body image, this can change. Becoming more positive about yourself will lead to greater happiness in your life. It just takes motivation, time, and the belief that you can do it.
Whatever you think will help you to feel better about yourself, set that as your goal and stick to it. Giving yourself a goal allows you to work for something that you want, and the more you want it – the more you’ll be motivated to fulfil it. Surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you. Being around positive people will allow you be be more positive in all aspects of life and it will increase your happiness tenfold!
Most importantly: be kind to your body, it’s the only one you have.
If you would like to talk to someone about body image, contact the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone on: 020 81507563 or book online by clicking below.