2 Steps to have a Better Body Image TODAY

STRATEGIES FOR BETTER BODY IMAGE



These are a few steps that I took that have helped me with my own body acceptance path.


➡️1. Curate your social media: follow accounts that only lift you up, and make you feel positive, confident and inspired.

Unfollow those accounts that cause you to compare, judge and feel bad about yourself. This simple click of a button or tap on your phone makes a big impact!


➡️2. Body gratitude: find ways to be thankful for your body and what it does for you. An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when we are dealing with body image struggles.

Think of all the places your body has taken you, all the abilities your body has, all the functions it completes during the day and appreciate it simply for being your body right now.

Keeping a body gratitude journal is a great idea. Make notes of body appreciation such as 👇🏼


I am thankful for the walk my body took me on today in nature

or

gratitude for my arms for carrying groceries

or

gratitude for being able to deep breathe to help lower my stress levels.


BONUS ROUND!!!


BETTER BODY IMAGE Journal prompts:📔✍️

When I pay attention to my hunger and appetite signals and mindfully eat, I feel…

I honour my body by…


I hope the above strategies I have offered will help you on your path. Let’s remember we’ve all been there, all of us are on unique paths and we can feel better in our bodies and mind.


👉It IS possible to live in your body and not hate it but instead appreciate and honor it.


It IS possible to eat without the diet or binge cycle but instead mindfully eat, making empowered choices based on your body’s wisdom. It IS possible to have wellness without obsession.


Tell me in the comments which of these tips helped you the most.


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Author notes: I’d like to recognize the privileges that have impacted my health and perspectives. I identify as cisgender, able-bodied, I was raised middle class, I am college educated, I have thin privilege, have access to health care and insurance, I have benefited from being in a straight relationship and I benefit from being identified as being white.


I believe it’s key to have open discussions about this topic to help bring awareness of it and to also reduce the stigma around weight. By acknowledging thin privilege, we can recognize that people in smaller bodies have not experienced or been exposed to stigmatizing events that people in larger bodies have. By recognizing my many privileges and having these important conversations I hope to help fight the oppressive systems of fatphobia and diet culture and other systems that impact underserved and marginalized communities.


I acknowledge that the land on which I live and work is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation.