Body Image Issues: Symptoms and Triggers
When we talk about “body image,” we’re talking about how we see ourselves in a mirror or how we think about our physical appearance. Unfortunately, serious body image issues can be a major factor in the development of an eating disorder. These problems spring from a number of sources. A person might have grown up with controlling parents or bullying from peers. On the other hand, they may be acutely sensitive to the images they see on social media or in advertising. It’s important to note that here that trauma and genetics are the major catalysts for an eating disorder. However, body image issues are serious symptoms and triggers for people suffering from them. In other words, they help to keep that person sick. This week, we’d like to share some tips on improving body image from the National Eating Disorder Association.
Lead With Gratitude
Your body has taken you a long way in life. Furthermore, it’s the only one you get. Take a moment to think about all the things your body can do and be grateful for them. Next, make a list of the top ten things you like about yourself that aren’t related to what you look like or what you weigh. Keep the list handy and add to it when you think of more. This is a great way to get started on a gratitude journal and it works wonders in improving body image.
This is a big one and it can start with removing some of the negative elements in your life. If you have family and acquaintances who are critical of the way you look, set some boundaries with them and let them know you’ve had enough of that type of talk. This extends to their criticism of others as well. When we’re around negative people who criticize everything, that way of thinking seeps into our heads and we start to turn it on ourselves. Try to spend more time with people who are excited about life and are supportive of who you are.
Do Something Nice for Yourself and Others
Taking some time to relax or sneak in a nap, taking a bubble bath, visiting a spa – these are all great ways to let your body know you appreciate it. Furthermore, volunteering and helping others go a long way in improving body image and self-esteem. Rather than looking in the mirror and seeing “flaws,” you begin to see yourself as a positive force in the world.
Real Courage Means Asking for Help
Ocean Recovery has been successfully treating eating disorders since 2002. From our facilities in sunny Newport Beach, California, we have helped hundreds of women towards new lives of happiness and contentment. Our holistic, whole-person approach includes individual and group therapy, nutritional counseling, yoga, and much more. If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, please consider giving Ocean Recovery a call today. Real courage means asking for help. Ocean Recovery is ready to answer.