Steps to Positive Body Image
One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can introduce you to healthier ways of looking at yourself and your body. The more you practice these new thought patterns, the better you will feel about who you are and the body you naturally have.
- Appreciate all that your body can do. Every day your body carries you closer to your dreams. Celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you—running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.
- Keep a list of things you like about yourself—things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like. Read your list often. Add to it as you become aware of more things to like about yourself.
- Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin deep. When you feel good about yourself and who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence, self-acceptance, and openness that makes you beautiful regardless of whether you physically look like a supermodel. Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.
- Look at yourself as a whole person. When you see yourself in a mirror or in your mind, choose not to focus on specific body parts. See yourself as you want others to see you–as a whole person.
- Surround yourself with positive people. It is easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around others who are supportive and who recognize the importance of liking yourself just as you naturally are.
- Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person. You can overpower those negative thoughts with positive ones. The next time you start to tear yourself down, build yourself back up with a few quick affirmations that work for you.
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body. Work with your body, not against it.
- Become a critical viewer of social and media messages that make you feel bad about yourself or your body.
- Do something nice for yourself–something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, find a peaceful place outside to relax.
- Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others. Sometimes reaching out to other people can help you feel better about yourself and can make a positive change in our world.
– Source: NEDA
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On Saturday the 22nd of November 2014 I kicked off the Beauty of Women Project with Delia Samuel & her ‘troop’.
8 beautiful women spanning 3 generations. The youngest was a sweet 10 year old who has amazing role models in her life especially when it comes to self image.
These are some of my favourites from the shoot.
‘Beauty of Women Project’
Celebrating the diversity of the human form
One of my greatest passions is that I love photographing the shape of a woman. Indeed woman come in many shapes and sizes but sadly most women are ashamed to show off their natural beauty. I believe this is largely due to stereotypes woman have been exposed to from the time they are little girls and carry through their entire lives.
Women are exposed to a shockingly high number of negative body messages every single day. Media and marketing propagate these stereotypes through the images they choose to represent ideals. While this tactic earns industries billions in revenue every year, their success comes at an extremely high cost, with the use of negative advertising contributing to increased depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, poor relationship skills, suicide attempts, and more. This needs to change.
I, together with millions of people around the world are not just tired of this but are willing to aid in changing the structures that lead to negative self-image of woman and yes men too.
‘The Beauty of Women Project’, a series of photo-shoots, Celebrating the diversity of the human form, is my answer to the problem.
- To uplift woman from all spheres of life.
- To defy a lifetime of being told that their bodies were less than camera ready by showing of your natural beauty in front of a camera.
- Consciously embracing every body’s shape, size, age, ability, ethnicity, and sex, in order to celebrate and recognise the body’s intrinsic beauty and inalienable right to exist as they are without apology.
Who is it for:
- Any woman who is tired of being asked to shape up, slim down, camouflage or otherwise alter and apologise for their body, in order to live up to unrealistic and deeply harmful representations of the body in contemporary media culture.
- Woman that believe that it’s time to celebrate beauty in all its forms.
By changing the way women think, talk, and feel about their bodies through these photo-shoots, we can overcome some of these challenges and create a more positive and accepting world.
If you’d like to participate in the ‘Beauty of Women Project’ please contact me & help me Celebrate the diversity of the human form.