You’re not alone
Body image issues affect people of all types, shapes, ages and sizes. Some of the best things to do to improve your body image have nothing to do with dieting or trying to change your body. Here are tips from a psychiatrist and coach to work on changing how you think and feel about your body.
Think of your body size like your shoe size
You don’t spend hours in front of the mirror pining to be the ‘perfect’ size 7 shoe, so why give that treatment to the rest of your body? You shouldn’t, says clinical psychiatrist, Dr Susan Albers. “It can be a big leap to go straight from ‘I hate my body’ to ‘I love my body,’ so I tell my clients to work on acceptance, first. We accept our foot size and don’t try to change it, and we can do the same with our body,” she says.
Have a love fest with your body
Just like there are parts of your body that you may not love, there are also parts you probably do. Remember and celebrate those parts of yourself. If you struggle to find something positive to feel about yourself, Dr Albers suggests remembering the compliments you’ve received from family, friends or strangers. “Think about the positive feedback you’ve gotten, such as ‘I love your hair,’ or ‘Your eyes are stunning,’” she says.