Today I would like to do something different than I usually do. I would like to talk about body image. This post is somewhat of a follow-up to a similar post I’ve written in the past, which was called Let’s Talk About Insecurities. It’s going to be a rant post, and I’m not sure yet where I’m going to with it, so bear with me. Let’s get into it!
I’ve been in a pretty bad depression for the past week or so. All caused by being dissatisfied with the way my body looks. It sounds silly when I see it written in front of me black on white. But the saddest thing is that this is a reality for many of us. Sure, we all have insecurities to some extent. Insecurities and body image usually go hand in hand.
The thing is that the way we perceive ourselves is completely different from the way others see us. And that’s understandable. We see our faces and bodies in the mirror every single day. And sometimes what we see isn’t even real. Our brain has the power to trick us and show us things that aren’t even there. Others can see you as thin, but that might not be what you perceive yourself as. That’s called body dysmorphia. This nasty condition can lead to eating disorders and self-harm, and depression and anxiety as well.
Unfortunately, I can’t give you any good advice on self-love. I’m not a professional, I’m just a random girl on the internet. I’m still trying to figure this out myself, so I can only tell you what helps me.
First, you need to figure out what is the root of your dissatisfaction. Often, it’s caused by over-comparison with others. Personally, I don’t mind the way my body looks that much. The problem comes when I see someone else who has the body I would like to have. Especially on social media. But beware! What you see on social media is not necessarily real. You can alter pretty much anything in Photoshop nowadays. So find your cause and destroy it.
My next problem is that I keep checking myself up all the time. I will look at every single reflecting material I pass by because I need to check how big my thighs look at that very moment. They still look the same, but what if they mysteriously got larger when I wasn’t looking, right? If this is also your problem, just ignore all the mirrors and windows you’re passing by. I know it’s easier said than done, but you’ll eventually break this bad habit.
For me, the best solution is exercise. It gets me into an overall well-being and makes me proud of my body for what it’s capable of.
And that’s all I have for this blog post. I know it’s all over the place, but if there’s just one person who this could help in some way, then I’m the happiest girl. If this didn’t help you, but find this relatable, then don’t worry, you’re not alone!
See you soon!
xoxo, S. V.