Banish Negative Body Images

6656064851_9859152d8c_zAsk anyone and they will tell you that they have a body confidence issue. It might be their hair, their beard, their arms, hands, waist, butt, legs, whatever. Very few people in the world are content with the way their body looks.

You may be a “work in progress” and you’ve been working on it for a good long time. Does this mean you have to wait to love your body until it’s perfect? If you do, you’re missing out. Researchers have interviewed women who have met their super-slim goals and when asked about how they felt about their bodies, their responses were overwhelmingly negative.

What gives?

The key is to love yourself as you are. If you can love your body now, today, you will be more willing to love your body when it is closer to your image of perfect. But if you hate your body now, even when in the eyes of other people it looks perfect, you will likely still have a very negative body image.

So in order to set yourself up for satisfaction in the future, you need to embrace who you are today and love your body with all its wrinkles and dimples.

Women are more likely than men to have a negative body image and this can lead to a lot of problems. Recent research has established that having a negative body image can have as serious an impact on a woman’s health, both mental and physical, as actually being obese.

Add to that the obvious eating disorders that result from having a long-standing body image and there is quite a stew of messed up emotions. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, irritability, and loss of sexual desire are just a few of the problems that can arise when a woman hates her body.

Try to change that.

The body you’re in today is the one that gives you all your life experiences. It’s the one that allows you to love and hug. To learn new things. To experience life. Instead of being judgmental about it, spent time looking after your body. Start practicing self-care. It might be a manicure or pedicure. Or you might start skin brushing to help rid your body of toxins and give your skin a healthy glow that comes from nothing else. Regardless of what you choose, be sure to love your body starting today.

When you do, the chances of reaching your weight and fitness goals actually improve. Good luck.

Photo Credit : Miss Summernats 2011 from Eva Rinaldi via Flickr

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