Having a negative body image is like having a constant bitchy frenemy with you, judging you, making nasty comments, making you doubt yourself and the image you have of yourself.
February 22, 2019 | Brooke Tahau
Seems to be the hot topic at the moment and it’s GREAT that light is getting shed on an issue that people, in particular woman have been struggling with for decades. I remember as a child my mother having body confidence issues, constantly trying a new “Diet” and fixating on her weight. But in those days, there was not the online community there is now nor the support for mental illness and related topics.
A study by CBS news reported that of women surveyed 97% had a negative body image… LADIES this is crazy!! Some studies indicate that a woman’s body image is the single largest influence on her self-esteem. If she thinks she looks unattractive, fat or too skinny her self-confidence drops, and this can impact on other areas of her life. CEO of the Butterfly Foundation (an organisation that helps people with eating disorders), Christine Morgan says “There is certainly a belief: I’m not good enough because I’m not a certain weight”.
For me one of the biggest hurdles in loving the body my mumma gave me is comparing myself to other women. In the age of social media, where marketing and the perception of the ideal body and world is constantly plastered on our screens its hard not to find yourself comparing your body to some of those picture perfect Insta Models. But …..
Rewiring your brain to stop the internal negative comments to yourself is the key, you can change your lifestyle, get healthy, loose/gain weight, buy new clothes, pamper yourself and anything else we do to make ourselves feel good but re-training your brain to say positive things about yourself and like what you see is imperative! How do you do this you ask….. well everyone is different and If I am honest I still have days where I don’t practice what I preach. But below are some tricks and tips that I used;