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Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

What are some tips for improving our own body image?

Be confident with who you are and focus on your positive attributes rather than constantly thinking about what you dislike or what you would change.

Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

Lots of wisdom out of that post EmJ Smiley Happy

Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

Yep check out http://au.reachout.com/Wellbeing/Personal-Identity/Body-image and also "Challenging negative self talk" which is the internal talking you do to yourself. You can train it to be more positive... about body image or anything else!

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Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

Well guys, it's time to wrap up for the night - thanks for joining us! Just to finish us off, here's a short(?) summary of what we covered tonight...

 

People found that it's a lot easier to name things we don't like about ourselves. We can name some good things, but we tend to focus more on the negative. This isn't impossible to change though – sometimes having some external validation, for example through compliments from friends, can help. Many of you came up with some great things about yourself – good stuff!

 

Body image is the way a person views themselves. It varies a lot, often by mood, and some people are more confident in their body image than others. It's somewhat similar to self-esteem, with an emphasis on physical attributes.

 

Most people agree that our body image is heavily influenced by society and the media. Images of stick-thin models and buff guys are all around us, and it's hard not to take notice of them. It may also be a biological thing though – the things we find attractive may have an influence on how we want to be seen ourselves, and we seek to change ourselves to match that image. We're also influenced by our friends and family, even if their comments are only meant in a kind way.

 

The way the media influences males and females is different. Females tend to be shown images of thin girls (although this was not always the case – several decades ago, curvy was ideal) whereas males tend to aspire to become strong and muscular. Often these pictures are actually not even real, and are products of photoshop and other image editors.

 

For females, the focus is on things such as makeup, hair products, skin creams, and other things which which cosmetically alter their appearance. Surgery, dieting and exercise are all part of this too. Strangely, it is the same for guys nowadays too – half a century ago, men would not have even thought to use hair products, creams, and other similar things. But now these are the norm, and dieting/going to the gym is almost considered a necessity. People are also getting tattoos and piercings now, which enhance individuality.

 

Social media can be just as damaging as public media – it provides a way for people to compare themselves with others, and people are able to edit their own pictures so as to avoid scrutiny in the eyes of their friends and families. It also allows people to idolise certain bodybuilders – for example, the (in)famous Zyzz – over websites such as Facebook, which in turn leads to further negative body image.

 

When people focus too much on physical beauty, to the point that our self-worth is affected, it becomes a problem. By comparing ourselves physical to others, we destroy our own self-esteem. We may achieve temporary bursts of happiness, but it will never create a lasting happiness. Instead, people should seek to be kind and open to those around them. There will always be someone (and more!) that will find us beautiful as we are, and we should not let ourselves get down because we haven't found that person yet.

 

To improve our body image, it is important to put things in perspective – not everyone is the same, and you don't have to aspire to an unobtainable goal just to be liked. Learn to like yourself, and also know what about yourself can realistically be changed for the better – don't push yourself to pain just to reach this goal, but set yourself small steps that will help you achieve it. Also, try to give yourself compliments, rather than putting yourself down – positive self talk is a very helpful thing!

 

Thanks again for joining us, hope to see you next week!

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What are some tips for improving our own body image?

 

- When you notice yourself thinking of one of the things you don't like, search for some physical things you do like about yourself. 

When you're in a good headspace it's also a good time to start making a bit of a list.

- Compliment other people. Take note of the things you're complimented on.

 

Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

Thanks everyone for joining us in tonight's discussion !

See you next week.

Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

Thanks for the awesome session guys Smiley Happy

Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

Thanks Magga & Soph !
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Re: whiterabbit, that's a good point - we can't blame the med...

Nice one everyone!

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