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Body image refers to how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or in photos. Body image distress is:

preoccupations, assumptions and negative thoughts about your body parts, weight, appearance and or facial features.

Our bodies are our home for the rest of our lives. We may have a negative body image if:

  • Have a critical or negative perception of our body, weight or height.

  • Anxiety and fears around social situations, shopping for clothes and traveling.

  • Cancelling social plans.

  • Patterns of extreme behaviour to target weight loss or changing your body shape.

  • Comparing yourself to others around you and online/ in the media.

  • Distorted perceptions of certain features.

  • Excessive efforts to groom yourself - like hair straightening.

  • Wishing you were a different race, had a different skin colour or hair texture.

  • Feelings of shame when someone comments on your body (even if it's seemingly positive)

  • Engaging in self-harm or punishment when you don't follow 'body image rules'. 

Body Image distress is not a clinical mental health disorder on its own. Yet, it is the source of a lot of other mental health conditions developing - such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, sleep issues, medical complications and social anxiety. 

Body Image

How can I improve my Body Image?

Engaging in body awareness, neutrality and acceptance 

Shifting perceptions and narratives around my body and comparisons

Learning new ways to combat negative and automatic thoughts

Unlearning harmful behaviours like dieting, pinching, altering, photoshopping.

Lifestyle and stress management

Targeting cultural stress factors like comments from family or racial prejudices

Surrounding self with body diversity

Practicing mindfulness, somatic therapies and social media detoxes.

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