Something to Think About
Saturday, April 18, 2015
I took the quiz about body image. Big surprise that mine came out not so good, so I am posting the it recommends to feel better about your body. I might need reminding.
•Say something nice about yourself. For every negative thought, come back with a compliment. If you need to, write a few on post-its and stick them to the mirror or your computer screen.
•Retrain your brain. Practice mindfulness by realizing your thought patterns, and reversing them if they are damaging. For example, when flipping through a magazine or watching television, if you notice yourself thinking, "Wow, if I only looked like that, then I’d be happy," remind yourself that looking like that requires make-up, special angles, airbrushing, and sometimes very restrictive diet and exercise plans (as well as great genetics). Plus, happiness is a state of mind, not the shape of your body.
•Stop criticizing yourself and start criticizing the ads. Research the techniques that their creators employ to get the final, unrealistic result, and analyze ads instead of taking them at face value.
•Exercise because it makes you feel good. If you hate the gym but drag yourself there just because you want to maintain your appearance, stop going! Instead, find an activity that you enjoy, like hiking, swimming, dancing, walking, biking, gardening, or sports, and stay fit that way instead.
•Be patient with yourself. Years of brainwashing won't disappear overnight. But if you adopt these techniques, bit by bit you'll learn how to like your body. After all, it's the only one you’ve got, so you're much better off appreciating it!