It’s easy to get pulled into the social media trap of seeing perfect bodies everywhere and feeling less than perfect about your own. Posting pictures to receive more likes and followers and validate our worth is becoming an addiction and it can wreak havoc on our self-image if we’re not careful. According to Common Sense Media, adolescence are experiencing pressure to be camera ready at all times, leading to an increase in dissatisfaction with their bodies, causing a rise in self-destructive behavior. Our body image is not something we are born with, but is a very complex subject that is influenced by many factors such as our friends, social media interaction, and our families.
So how can we turn this negative body image into a more positive one? We have to practice healthier ways of looking at ourselves and our body, and continually reinforce these positive thoughts. We have to appreciate our body for everything it CAN do for us. Remind yourself that beauty isn’t about what’s on the outside, but rather is more about having a sense of self-confidence, self-awareness, and liking who you are as a person. See yourself as a whole person and not just certain body parts. Surround yourself with positive people who are supportive and loving of the authentic you. Step back from social media when you feel certain images and messages are bringing you down. Do something nice for yourself every day, such as making time to do an activity you love or taking time to just relax and be yourself. Finally, make a positive change in someone else’s life by finding time to reach out and help others. Nothing makes you feel better than doing something for someone else.
If you’re looking to do something to positively improve your body and mind, check out one of our yoga or meditation classes we offer each week here. We are also offering two amazing meditation workshops this month as well.