Hello and welcome back to ‘Vibe’ and more importantly our mini-series ‘body image boost.’
You have all been busy submitting questions via our Instagram page @weare.vibe such as, what is body image? How do you improve confidence about your body? So, we thought we would break them down into topics and cover them over the next few blog posts. Today we will be focusing on question, ‘what is body image?’
Body image is how we think and feel about ourselves physically, this can also be how we think other people see our body. We are constantly exposed to images of ‘perfect bodies’ due to social media and of course we naturally compare our own bodies. What we don’t take into consideration is that most images have been photoshopped, taken in great lighting and staged which can change the way we look, we also need to remember there is no such thing as ‘perfect’ and all of our bodies are beautiful. Sometimes the media doesn’t represent our body shape and skin tone which can make us feel different and insecure. When I was younger, I remember feeling insecure about my body and not feeling like it ‘fit in’ but as I have grown up, I have learned that difference is beautiful and one size does not fit all.
It is defiantly a lie when someone says ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ people’s comments can spark negative thoughts about our bodies, which can be really difficult to overcome and can lead to mental health issues down the line, so if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it!
Body image issues can also mean struggling to love and accept your body, if you are having these feelings try to remember all the wonderful things our bodies do on a daily basis such as let us enjoy food and even carry babies!
TIP- I have struggled with these feelings of lack of confidence and insecurity throughout my life, I find it helps to write 3 things you love about your body and read every day, I always feel confident after doing this.
On our next ‘body image boost’ post we will be talking about metal health. As always if you have any questions of topics you would like covered head over to our Instagram and DM us.
The Vibe team xx