Negative body image, referring to an unrealistic view of how someone sees their body, is becoming more common in both women and men. Those suffering from negative body image are at risk of developing depression, low self-esteem, isolation, or even an eating disorder. There is an abundance of resources available for those who may be suffering from negative body image with one goal in mind: learning how to accept and love one’s body.
One way to become more accepting of our body is to become more comfortable with our emotions. Having the ability to process our feelings, whether good or bad, may help us separate physical appearance from our health and happiness. This slight shift in self-perception can prompt small positive changes that improve our physical selves.
Journaling is also a great way to become more accepting of our body image. It can help us understand and make sense of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, as well as the triggers that may send our thoughts into a tailspin. Journal prompts, such as “Right now, my body/mind/soul needs…” can help you dig deeper and improve your body image.