There are a couple of thoughts I would like to share with you about body positivity.

Firstly, social media Images of people who edit their pictures of their bodies to fit ‘the idea of perfection’ are misleading. Secondly, this can be partly responsible for mental issues such as body dysmorphia. Finally, no two bodies are the same, nor should they be; it’s a massive part of what makes us who we are, and we are all incredible.

Your body serves a colossal purpose

Every time you look at your body and judge it, remember all the jobs it is doing every second of every day: breathing, digesting, processing thoughts, etc. It’s doing a hundred jobs at once. It’s keeping you alive. Even if it isn’t perfect and bits of it let you down occasionally, for example, if you need glasses to help see, it is the only body you have, it belongs only to you and perhaps loving it more would make your whole self, feel good. So be proud of it; it’s super busy!

Positive affirmations – they work

If you’re feeling low about your body, try and say a couple of things you love or like about it. Then, look in a mirror and say it out loud: I like the way I look in these jeans. Or my hair looks nice today. Or my eyes’ colour is pretty. Just a couple of things to boost yourself. I find it can help my confidence when I’m having a bad day.

Recognising body dysmorphia

Body dysmorphia: it’s a very newly recognised mental health issue. Like all mental health problems, it can affect anyone, but according to research, it is most likely to affect teenagers and young adults. Symptoms include:

  • Worrying about your appearance or flaws for a vast majority of the time.
  • Comparing yourself dramatically critically to others.
  • Going to extreme levels to conceal imperfections.

Body dysmorphia is a recognised mental health problem, and treatment available through cognitive behavioural therapy or medical treatment. If this is something you could identify in yourself, please speak to a GP.

Body positivity is something we should all practice. It’s something you could fit into a period of mindfulness, a quick word to yourself while looking in the mirror, or just in your mind. Taking care of your body is also a form of positivity, eating healthily, drinking an adequate amount of water, and exercising regularly. Remember, you can edit perfection, not everything you see on the internet is real, and you are more than enough.

If you feel you need some help with any issues raised, please speak to a GP.