Sunday, May 06, 2012
As the twig is bent, so it grows. Offer yourself regularly hypnotic suggestions that you’re not hungry; you’re thirsty… or that you’re just itching to MOVE…whatever. NEVER EVER hurt yourself with negative self-talk.
Those who regularly trash talk their body are more likely to have a poor body image, higher levels of depression, and feel more pressure to be thin, according to a new study. Engaging in fat talk about your own body and weight tends to blossom into broader negative feelings about yourself and adds to feelings of helplessness. And be honest with your pals. Tell them, 'Having this conversation isn't helping us at all.'
How to break the cycle? Camilla Mager, a clinical psychologist in New York City who specializes in the psychology of women and eating disorders, offers the following tips for improving poor body image:
--Avoid reading magazines or looking at images that reinforce the body image problem.
--Pay attention to the tone you use when talking to or about yourself. Would you talk that way to anyone else? Probably not. Try not to be so critical of yourself.
--Focus on what your body is capable of -- your strengths -- instead of what it's not doing.
--If you find yourself in a fat talk conversation with friends, commit to not engaging in those types of discussions.
Counter 'I'm so fat' with 'I don't want to think of myself that way.'