Social media and mental health
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These are all connected. The way we see (or perceive) our bodies directly influences the way that we think and feel about our bodies – as well as shaping the way that we behave. Let’s take a closer look at what these mean.
The way you see your body – you aren’t overly negative or judge yourself too harshly.
The way you feel about your body. Good body image means you feel ok about your body generally – and might mean you sometimes feel confident, and sometimes you don’t (It doesn’t mean you feel great about yourself all the time – that's an impossible standard to meet!)
The way you think about your body. Good body image is about being fair to yourself – most of the time, you don’t make unfair comparisons, or obsess about flaws.
The way you behave depending on how you feel about your body. You don’t engage in harmful eating or exercise behaviours and your body image doesn’t stop you doing things you enjoy.
Don’t engage in body shaming yourself or others! Use empowering language to lift yourself and others up.
Try not to compare your body to other bodies. Unfollowing influencers on social media who promote a certain body shape can help with this, even if it’s just temporary.
Focus on who you are – sometimes we put too much focus on how we look.
Know that you don’t have to be positive or even love your body – treat yourself with respect, it’s ok to not like everything about how you look or feel ‘neutral’ about your body.
Have fun with your look and focus on expressing who you are. Be creative and wear stuff that has a positive impact on your wellbeing.
Think critically about people and products designed to ‘sell you’ something (especially when they do it by making you feel ‘not good enough’). Remember that images you see are often heavily photoshopped.
Celebrate diversity – follow and support people who are doing new, different and exciting things.
If you’re struggling with your body image, chat with a professional/get some support.
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