how to change a negative body imageThere's nothing worse than scrolling through Instagram and seeing people with ultra-toned bodies going on trips. And there is evidence to prove it's true, too -- research shows that the more time people spend on social media, the lower their self-esteem becomes. Instead of deleting all your social media accounts, try these six effective ways to fight body image issues:

1. Make a list of reasons why you love your body

List all the things that your body has enabled you to do, such as giving birth, running a marathon, or staying up late to study for your big exam. This will help you view your body more as a friend.

2. Focus on what you love

Talk about your legs, hair, or butt. Just make sure you're focusing on the things that you love about yourself. Pick a body part you love and talk about it aloud. It might seem silly, but it can help fight body image issues.

3. Track your wins

When you're dealing with body image issues, it can be hard remembering the good things about yourself. Every time you receive a compliment or you accomplish something that you're proud of, write it down and regularly review that file for an instant pick-me-up.

4. Recite affirmations

Find one or two positive affirmations that you can repeat to yourself every day to remind you that you're a fantastic person.

5. Volunteer

Doing nice things, like volunteering or other charity work, is an easy way to feel good about yourself. Not only do you contribute positively to your community, but you likely also develop new skills and receive positive feedback, both of which translate into an uplifted mood.

6. Use positive self-talk

If you catch yourself saying something negative about yourself, ask yourself if you'd say something like that to a friend or family member. Then use positive self-talk to help counteract those negative thoughts. Point out your best features or what you're good at, for instance.

You've got this

Even if you're not feeling super good about yourself, practice a few tactics that will not only help you build up your confidence, but that will also project confidence to others. People will respond positively to you in the situation, and then you'll also feel positive, too. Remember that it'll take time and practice to boost your body image.

References
  1. "7 Ways to Start Feeling More Confident Right Now," Women's Health, June 19, 2018.
  2. "5 Ways to Deal with Body Image Issues," Huffington Post, December 21, 2014.

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