Looking in the mirror is always a chance for us to judge our bodies. It goes without saying that every person in the world perceives its body in the way it looks in the mirror. Some people would argue that this judgment is the question of self-confidence. However, we believe that it doesn’t have too much to do with that. Instead, a lot of self-confidence comes from our satisfaction with our bodies. Also, it should be said that this all a matter of perspective.
There are a lot of examples that support this claim of ours. You can see a 20-year-old model who isn’t satisfied with his image. At the same time, a senior can be completely satisfied with his body. But when we are talking about the real struggle with body image and weight, there isn’t too much room for interpretation. It’s pretty clear from the start. So, let us see what you can actually do when you are not happy with your body.
Accept yourself the way you are
Thinking about how many years have people spent by being miserable and hating their besides makes your head spin. We are talking about a huge problem. About 50% of Americans are dissatisfied with their body weight. Without working towards resolving these problems, all of the time that anyone spent being unhappy about this problem is a complete waste. Therefore, it’s an absolute must for everyone who struggles because of this to accept the problem as it is.
There are two scenarios in front of you. You can either choose to stay unhappy and don’t seek any solution or you can start working towards the solution. This is only a starting point that will lead you to the end of the race after some amount of time. Your body is not perfect, but there is nothing you can do about it at the moment. Only by applying hard work and a lot of will, you will be able to overcome this problem.
Focusing on negative things
Crying and being unhappy about your body is definitely a waste of time. Instead, you should do everything in your power to resolve all of the issues. It should be said when someone is unhappy because of the body, it’s pretty clear what the reason is. As Dr Ghofrani from the Aestheticon Clinic says: ‘Everyone knows what is wrong with their bodies and what needs some fixing. This is the fastest way for you to locate and start eliminating all the negative things you can.’
When you are aware of the problem, this is the biggest step to resolving it. Set a couple of goals and decide on the deadline needed for resolving all of these. At the same time, working on self-esteem and accepting yourself for what you represent will provide enough energy that can be used for all the things you need to do. There is no magic formula or spell that will solve all the problems in a matter of seconds. So, be prepared for a lot of hard work.
Don’t pay attention to standards
Whether we would like to admit or not, our society is very judgmental. You can see this when you take a look at some celebrities who are often regarded as one of the most beautiful people in the world. Promoting people for being beautiful really sets a standard, whether we like it or not. People who don’t look anything like these celebrities or models are not as beautiful. But as Dr Afschin Ghofrani, without cosmetic surgery, looking like a celebrity is almost impossible.
But people set unreachable standards for themselves. And that immediately makes people who struggle with their body weight or some other condition that has a negative effect on their appearance feel bad. In how many movies have you seen a teenage girl who is not satisfied with her appearance, because she was looking at one of her role models? This is a pretty big problem that doesn’t get enough attention if you ask us. Therefore, not paying attention to this kind of standard will result in much more positive thinking, believe us.
Don’t skip meals
We are perfectly aware that skipping meals is the ABC of every healthy diet program for people who want to lose some weight. However, it should be said that this can have a highly negative effect on every person. Why is that, you ask? Well, since you are thinking about skipping the next meal, you have a constant reminder about why you are doing that in the first thing. They have the role of constantly reminding you why you are doing what you are doing. Instead of providing only positive thoughts, receiving much more negative ones is a sure shot with these.
Therefore, it’s much more beneficial, both physically and psychologically is to have frequent meals. Also, there’s no point in skipping meals only to eat unhealthy food in bulk when you decide to eat. This will not only mess up your weight loss effort but will also have a negative effect on your mouth health. According to experts from the Dr Tosun Dental Clinic, people who skip meals tend to eat more processed foods that are full of sugars and fats. Doing something like this won’t do your body, health, or teeth any good. Stick to small, frequent, and healthy meals.
Don’t let your feelings boss you around
Having negative thoughts and being unhappy is something that comes and goes, and you cannot do much to prevent it. Naturally, this is so closely connected with the state of your body. But, that doesn’t mean that you should let your emotions to boss you around. Instead, show some strength and self-esteem in these situations. Otherwise, these negative feelings will not allow you to enjoy yourself in a completely natural amount.
Shift your attention to things that really make you happy, like your hobby or some dear person. But, don’t fall into the trap of being too distracted by all the activity. Every person in the world needs some alone time in order to collect all the thoughts and emotions. Being unhappy about your body can be a source of great dissatisfaction and negative emotions will fly around. But don’t let them take you over completely.
Weight is a great source of dissatisfaction for many people all over the world, and overcoming this problem is easy most of the time. Here, we’ve presented you with a couple of things you can do to make yourself feel much better about your body. So, focus, and you will be able to resolve these problems.
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Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg. He interviews people within psychology, mental health, and well-being on his YouTube channel, The DRH Show.
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