Healthy Living

5 Ways to Deal with Body Image Issues

We all experience issues with our appearance at various points throughout our lives, and it’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of. If your appearance feels like it’s your Achilles heel, don’t despair. Take a look at the following wise words on how to deal with the issues that are at the heart of it all, and you’ll be able to live the free and happy life you’ve always dreamed of. All you need to do now is start reading, take a couple of quick notes, and then get busy putting everything into practice.

Visit a cosmetic clinic for a consultation

Visiting a clinic is a great way to fall in love with the way you look. The whole point is not to do something drastic because you feel pressured into doing so. It’s to get an objective assessment from an expert, and to seek their professional opinion on what you can do to improve your wellbeing. If you think of the whole process as one that’s focused on achieving a state of happiness and mental wellbeing, you’ll be on the right track. Nothing was ever gained by being pressured into something you wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Join the gym and embrace the world of health and fitness

Body issues can make you very self-conscious about the way you look, and that’s only natural. Rather than hiding away and withdrawing into yourself, why not join the gym? At first it will feel alien, uncomfortable, and even intimidating, but before you know it you’ll have become one of the regulars. If you have a friend that goes all the time they’ll make the ideal person to show you the ropes. The key here is to start off gradually, and not to put too much pressure on yourself in the first few weeks. It’s far better to build up more slowly and get your body accustomed to the new workload you’re asking of it than it is to go over the top and get injured. Take your time, enjoy it, and before you know it, you’ll have made some amazing progress.

Make healthy choices at meal times

Healthy choices will transform the way you look and feel. Not only will they allow you to lose weight in a healthy and controlled manner, they’ll also improve your wellbeing and mental health. You are very much what you eat, and when you love the vibrant colours and textures of fresh food you’ll love the way you look too. It’s about taking the time to prepare a few bits and pieces in advance so that you have healthy choices waiting for you when you get home. This can be as simple as chopping up some fruit and veggiesso there’s always something to snack on.

The secret is to get the rest of the household in on the act too. If everyone around you is tucking into sweet treats and junk food, it’s only natural that you’re going to be tempted to cheat. Find tasty and nutritious alternatives you all like and it’ll be so much easier to stick to good foods. Just make sure you’re not too hard on yourself. Starving your body of calories, or never having a cheat meal, are sure-fire ways to burn yourself out in a couple of weeks.

Shop for a new wardrobe so you fall in love with the way you look

When you want to love the way you look you need to have some new clothes to show off your figure. Take the afternoon off and head to the shops so you can pick out half a dozen new outfits. You’re looking for pieces that you can mix and match so that you have far more than a week’s worth of new looks. You’ll find that if you’re picking out something new every morning you’ll start falling in love with the way you look in no time at all.

Take a break from Instagram for 7 days

Finally, put that phone away. It might sound rather drastic, but being bombarded by thousands of air-brushed images on Instagram every day won’t be doing your self-esteem any good. It’s about being realistic about what people actually look like, and getting back in touch with the real world. People only put the very best bits of their lives on social media as that’s the part of their brand they want the rest of the world to see. If you delete the app from your phone for 7 days you’ll be able to take a break from this constant source of content, and take a little time to enjoy other things in life. You never know, you might get so much enjoyment from all the new stuff you now have time for that you’ll forget the 7th day was weeks ago.

Rebecca

Rebecca is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.

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