Welcome back to That’s What Pea Said…
I hope you’ve caught up with my previous posts about body image? If not, here they are…
As we’re coming to end the of Mental Health Awareness week, I thought I’d share some tried and tested tips for overcoming bad body image days… Seeing as we all have bodies, these could benefit us all.
My first suggestion may sound tough, but it will instantly shift your mindset…
♡ Write down 10 things which you like about yourself… Gratitude works wonders in shifting our mindsets and studies show this can actually break the cycle within a minute of us experiencing the negative thought.
♡ Identify the trigger: Is there a recurring issue which is causing you to think and feel negatively about your body image? If so, ditch it… remove anything from your being which doesn’t bring you joy. PSA: Nobody has the right to make you feel like shit. If an individual is causing you distress, distance yourself and no longer allow them to have this control over your mindset. If you’re triggered by glossy mags and Instagram feeds, unfollow and unsubscribe – you don’t need the negativity in your life. Unless you remove the trigger, you cannot break the cycle and therefore cannot heal. In order to heal, you must first identify your trigger.
♡ Hold your breath and count to 10: Pause and take a deep breath. Ask yourself what’s causing you to feel this way. Is there something else causing you stress and anxiety? Is this a long term issue, or something which you can tackle in the moment? Take this opportunity to address this and make a plan to progress.
♡ Remember, you are your hardest critic: This may be easier said than done but it’s important to remember that nobody is as hard on you, as you are. There are some things about our appearance that we cannot change or control but more likely than not, whatever is upsetting you, nobody else has even noticed.
♡ Practice self care: Self care is a great technique to lift your mood and offers a distraction from the issue which is causing upset. There are many simple methods of self care; speak to a friend, take a bubbly bath, go for a long walk, listen to your favourite music, the list is endless but there will always be something to divert your thoughts.
♡ Feelings are temporary: It may not feel like this during the moment but it’s important to remind yourself that all feelings are temporary, despite how awful you may feel at the time. Even if the negative feelings which you’re experiencing feel like they’re going on forever, they will eventually change. Like the moon, we go through phases and similarly so do our moods. If you feel like your low mood has been going on for an extended period of time, it’s important to seek help. It’s worth keeping a mood journal so you can identify any correlating factors being the causes and try to prevent them from re-occurring.
I hope these suggestions are beneficial and offer you some strength.
If you have any suggestions which I haven’t added, please share them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading; be kind to your body, be kind to your mind, be kind always…