Body Image And Self Esteem
Self-esteem can be tightly connected with your personal body image. Negative body image can cause you to have low self-esteem. We live in a world that is obsessed with what is on the outside rather than what is on the inside and as a result the level of self-esteem issues is abundant. When someone has a low self-esteem they are more susceptible to putting themselves in bad situations, including finding themselves struggling with addiction. One of the things you need to learn on your journey to recovery is to reverse your negative body image and therefore improve your self-esteem.
The first step on the road to a positive body image is to stop being so judgmental of yourself.
It can be hard to silence your inner critic but it’s important to stop nit-picking at everything you perceive to be a flaw. Strangely something you may see as a problem area may just be what makes someone else think you are beautiful. If you spend hours judging yourself in the mirrors start avoiding them. Only look in the mirror when you have to, and try to come up with something positive about yourself.
Obsession can be a major problem when it comes to your body image. In the worst cases this can lead to devastating diseases like anorexia and bulimia. Diets and exercise are important for anyone. The key to making this a healthy experience is to focus on healthy nutrition and reasonable exercise. Often someone who is dealing with self-esteem and body issues will go too far, obsessing about their diet and working out compulsively. This can even turn some to substance abuse in an effort to change
So how do you deal with these body image issues?
First it’s important that you try to stop with the negative thinking. Loving yourself is a difficult step but the more you start to dismiss those negative feelings the better you will feel all the way around. You can help this process along the way by taking good care of yourself. Give yourself some time, just for you, spoil yourself, take the time to do your hair rather than just toss it up in a bun, or sneak off to a park to enjoy a good book.
Just like support to end your addiction is important finding support to change the way you feel about yourself is critical. Try to surround yourself with people who have a positive attitude, and make you feel good about yourself. There are even support groups for those who suffer from distorted body-image issues.
The next step is to start to trust yourself, when you do something that makes you feel good enjoy it. Meditation is a powerful tool for exploring who you really are. Often problems with our appearance actually stem from problems that are deeply emotionally rooted. Meditation allows you to clear your mind and focus on the now rather than the problems in your life. For many this allows a sense of well-being and clarity that lets them more positively handle problems.
Don’t judge yourself against what’s on TV, or in magazines. One of the worst things you can do is put yourself up against those in the media. Most photos you see in magazines are heavily photoshopped and therefore aren’t even a reasonable starting point. As you work on your road to recovery, working on your self-esteem will help you to realize just how valuable a person you really are. When you begin to value yourself you’ll find that others value you more as well.