Healthy ways of improving your body image (without getting into crazy diets!)

Healthy ways of improving your body image (without getting into crazy diets!)

Lately, body image and body positivity have been a hot topic everywhere. We have come to understand how the messages behind advertising, the beauty industry, or even our social networks feed can have an impact on our body image perception. We've come a long way, but there is still more ahead. If you want to work towards a healthier relationship with your body, here's everything you should know.

When you look at yourself in the mirror, you automatically focus on those "problem areas" you don't like about yourself, and you probably fill your mind with negative thoughts about your body and your looks. This is a direct path to a vicious circle in which you will never feel you look good enough. No matter how much weight you lose, how toned you are, how great your new hair looks on you. So, this comes to show that body positivity has nothing to do with how you look, but rather with how you feel about yourself. So, naturally, it is safe to assume that body positivity comes from within.

According to experts, there are certain things you can do in order to improve your body image —and no, dieting is not one of those things.

Meditate

Meditation will dramatically improve your relationship with your own body.

The first thing that comes to your mind when you think about improving your body image is, probably, dieting or exercising. But if you don't take the time to relax and meditate, you will be still repeating the same patterns that have shown no result so far.

"Meditation requires you to practice being present in the moment, which has a cleansing effect on the subconscious mind, clearing out the body-shaming, self-hating garbage that gets stuck there," says Ashlee Davis, a certified fitness trainer and yoga instructor in Atlanta.

There are a lot of meditation methods and walkthroughs for you to explore. It's just a matter of finding the one that works for you and committing to a daily practice.

Stop the negative self-talk

Stop the negative self-talk and start pointing out those things you like about yourself.

We all do this: we know exactly what we hate about our bodies and we just can't seem to stop pointing it out to ourselves. A 2016 study has shown that negative self-tañl can have a detrimental impact on your confidence and mood.

To break this pattern, pay attention to how you communicate with yourself and track both positive and negative examples of it throughout each day. Once you spot the negative messages, try to challenge them. How? By writing down things you like about yourself, and keeping those positive things in hand for when you need to fight the negative ones.

Weight-train

If you want to physically improve your body image, you might want to explore weight training.

If you want to physically improve your body image, you might want to explore weight training. According to the journal Psychological Reports, "strength workouts have the power to shift your focus from a number on the scale to healthy self-competition, determination, and dedication to your own growth. With weight training, you have the opportunity to prove to yourself that you are capable of much more than you previously thought."

Improving your body image is connected to your perception. If you fail to shift your focus, you will never feel good about yourself. Do you really want to spend your life saying negative things about yourself? 
 

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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