Boost your body image
Changing negative thoughts about your body isn’t something that happens automatically, but there are proven things you can do in as little as ten minutes that could help improve your body images. Here are some things that therapists recommend that you can do to encourage healthy, positive thoughts and healthier ways of looking at your body.
List 10 things you like about yourself
Would you say the same harsh and critical things about yourself to someone else? So why do you continue to say them to yourself? Keep a top-10 list of things you like about yourself, focusing on things that aren’t related to your looks or weight. (If you find this task difficult, enlist the help of your friends or family.) “When you stop judging yourself so harshly, you begin to see your strengths, as well as your perceived flaws. Build up your self-confidence by talking nicely to yourself and by reminding yourself of everything you have to offer the world,” says psychologist, Dr Sarah Allen.
Try belly dancing
You don’t need a certain body type to learn how to move sensually, like a belly dancer. In fact, belly dancers report having a more positive body image and less body dissatisfaction than those who have never belly danced, one study found. As it turns out, belly dancing fosters a greater sense of connection between the body, mind, and spirit, all key to maintaining a positive body image. “The belly dancers weren’t so focused on external appearance but more the internal experiences and competencies of the body,” body image expert and leader of the study, professor Marika Tiggemann said in a press release.