For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic poses a threat to their body image. This led to increased difficulty with eating, overeating or undernutrition, anxiety and anxiety related to weight and body shape.
Fortunately, there are healthy ways to manage physical anxiety and create a positive body image that has emerged from this pandemic.
1. Focus on what you love
Instead of focusing on what has changed or what you dislike about your body, focus on what your body allows you to do. For example, my arms allow me to hug my dogs, my legs allow me to walk them, my stomach allows me to digest food for energy, and my brain helped me write this article. Your body is worth more than what it looks like. Thank him for the basic services he provides to create a positive body image.
2. Surround yourself with people who are happy with themselves.
Choose the people you want to spend time with after the pandemic. Start with those who accept themselves as they are. These people are less likely to demean you, demean themselves, or demean others with their appearance, because they don’t care. Our body image improves when we come into contact with people who have a good understanding of themselves. You, too, can try to be an example of self-acceptance for others.
3. Practice kindness.
We have just experienced the shock of a pandemic. It’s important to be kind to yourself and your body, even if it no longer looks the same. Self-compassion is showing kindness to yourself as a loved one going through difficult times. Numerous studies have shown that self-compassion is associated with a higher positive body image and self-esteem is associated with a higher negative body image. Become aware of your feelings without judging yourself, and know that you are not alone in difficult times.
4. Move with awareness.
If you can, move what works for you and listen to your body.
Everyone has different abilities, and a move that works for one may not work for you. Certain activities, such as yoga, have been shown to contribute to a positive body image if they are not focused on appearance. Focus on the pleasure of the movement, not how you look while driving.
5. Take care of yourself
Pay attention to the needs of your body every day. The body needs a regular supply of fuel, hydration, relaxation, stimulation and sleep. In a busy schedule, it can be difficult to take care of yourself, but it is very important to plan activities that will allow you to find yourself.
6. Get in touch with nature.
Interacting with nature has been linked to many health benefits, including a more positive body image. Outdoor activities like hiking can help you take your mind off your appearance and focus on how your body is working. Contemplating the beauty of nature is a good way to take care of yourself, move in full awareness and be reborn.
7. Don’t compare yourself to others.
Comparing yourself to others is common. However, when we often compare our appearance to that of other people who seem more attractive, our body image suffers greatly. We can compare ourselves on many occasions, and not just on social media. It can also happen on the beach, in the supermarket and at school. When you find yourself comparing yourself to others and feeling bad about yourself, try one of the strategies above to restore a positive body image.
8. Avoid fancy diets.
Studies show that diets don’t work: they are not associated with long-term weight loss and often make you feel worse. Instead, focus on feeding your body when you’re hungry with foods that provide long-lasting energy. Intuitive eating, that is, using natural signals of hunger, appetite, and satiety to determine when, what, and how much to eat, is associated with health and well-being.
Step out of the pandemic with confidence
There are many strategies for building a positive body image, and resources are available to help you. For people with an eating disorder or a serious body imaging problem, professional help is the best solution.
Satisfying your body image is not only about loving your appearance, but also accepting and loving your body, no matter how you look, and taking care of yourself to meet its needs. Practice these strategies regularly to maintain and maintain a positive body image as you resume your social life safely and confidently.