Body image is based off of two components: the mental picture of one’s physical body and one’s attitude towards their physical body. It is within the second portion that negative emotions tend to rise in some people.
Social factors, man-made creations, such as culture and the media majorly affect the way that we think about bodies. What is ideal and acceptable is communicated in these two pathways. An example of this communication is: if advertisements of luxury items feature models who are solely white, thin, and tall, people will then start to idealize this body type and aspire to it regardless of the physical boundaries.
Both men and women deal with negative body image for different reasons, although it is more common in women. Negative body image is also experienced at different degrees and during different times. Like many other things in life, it is a fluid experience and someone may feel worse or better about themselves at different times, days, etc. Once negative or unhealthy body image begins in a person, it can contribute to low self-esteem. It can also cause stress and anxiety that can then spiral into many other issues.
Having a healthy body image means being comfortable with the body that you have. It is an acceptance of how you look and appreciating your physical self; it does not necessarily mean that you think your body is perfect. Counseling can help people with negative body image deal with this issue before/if it starts to limit someone’s experience of life. Through identifying, monitoring, challenging, and modifying your thoughts at Mindset First, Counseling Services in Vaughan, you can work through your body images to achieve your dreams.
Don’t hinder yourself with societal norms. If you need help, reach out, seek it, and start your path towards a healthier life. Mindset First is here to help. Contact us today at 905.660.9284 to book an appointment.