If you use social networks and you are familiar with the content available on them, I'm sure you have noticed exactly to what extent the obsession with physical appearance has taken hold.
A perfect body has become a priority when it comes to taking care of yourself. And this is not the case only among young girls, but the older ones as well, and men have not been left out either. This social segment is also an important part of weight loss and that is why I want to talk more about it.
When was the last time you looked in the mirror without finding a flaw in yourself?
Without thinking that you should lose a few kilograms?
That your butt isn't firm enough?
That your waist isn't narrow enough?
Maybe you also compared yourself to an Instagram fitness model?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES - continue reading.
THE FITNESS INDUSTRY
The fitness industry has a very clear goal - the pursuit of perfection. As perfection is not achievable, their work is never done. "We will convince you that you are always missing something and you will always return to our products and services."
Fortunately, in recent years, there is an increasing number of nutritionists and trainers who advocate a common-sense approach to a healthy lifestyle, whose goal is their clients' both physical and mental health. The first narrative, however, can still be seen in many places.
Being skinny has become crucial. Be it in magazines, movies, TV shows, or social networks, the main stars are always "perfect", while anything less than that is covered up and deemed unworthy.
Not to mention the fact that these people don't look like that in real life because they have a whole team of professionals working with them, both in the development and the processing of photos.
Also, this is increasingly taking place on social networks - rather than just in regular media - and we are left with an even bigger impression that every other girl looks like she just stepped out of a magazine. Except that’s not the case.
On a conscious level, you are aware of this, yet you still compare yourself to photographs.
You need to be aware of where some things come from so that you know how to deal with them.
Here are 4 tips that can help you overcome feelings of inadequacy when it comes to physical appearance.
DIGITAL MEDIA DETOX
If certain profiles make you feel bad about yourself, maybe it's time to unfollow them. Of course, before finding a problem in someone else, you should reevaluate your own triggers related to a particular person and their content. Does the problem lie in unrealistic photographs or maybe the tone this person uses? Does this person have an overly strict approach that encourages guilt instead of motivating you to take care of your body? And so on. I'm sure someone has already crossed your mind. 😊
RETURN TO SCIENCE
And the confirmed facts when it comes to body image.
You should focus on this instead of striving for an unattainable ideal.
Once you do thorough research into how a negative image of your body is created, what affects us, and how, it will be that much easier for you to notice that you are falling into a "trap" instead of just giving in.
KEEP A JOURNAL
Keeping a journal is very useful because people often react unconsciously and do not notice things that keep happening to them. When you write down your thoughts and feelings, you gain an important skill that will be useful to you in the further process.
Write down what makes you feel bad, what you were doing, watching, listening to when you felt the worst about your physical appearance, and so on.
That way, you'll know what you need to focus on the most.
Perhaps the most important thing in all of the above-mentioned - seek professional help if you need it. You don't have to do go through this by yourself. Experts are there to help you get through things faster and more painlessly.
It is especially important to mention that a distorted body image can be part of an eating disorder, which is why it is even more important to seek help on time.
Until next time,