Oh, body image, you fickle, fickle, mistress. Personal body image can be like a roller coaster ride. Some days you can feel on top of the world, truly loving yourself for who you are, while others you can hardly look at yourself in the mirror. At Texoma Specialty Counseling, PLLC we understand that body image is an extremely common issue with both men and women, but luckily we also know that body image issues is a battle that you most definitely can win. As a provider of online counseling and online recovery coaching, we know that dealing with personal body image issues can be hard, but we have some tips for you to overcome them.
In today’s blog post, Texoma Specialty Counseling, PLLC, your source for online counseling and online recovery coaching, has prepared a short list providing you with tips and tricks to finally winning the battle with your body image issues.
Stop Thinking That “In Shape” Looks A Certain Way
One of the most common reasons for body image issues is that media has branded what “in shape” is supposed to look like. In most magazines and advertisements you typically see supermodels in bikinis or men with chiseled abs, but you need to realize that those are not attainable goals for everyone. Instead, look at yourself, and decide what the ideal body is for you, not for others, and then begin working towards that goal. In addition to defining what “in shape” is for you, it is important that you don’t pressure yourself to become in shape overnight, as that is how unhealthy habits are made.
Don’t Work Towards Someone Else’s Goal
Often times when someone begins to work out to try and lose weight they have an ideal body type that they want to work towards in mind. While it is good to set goals, it does not make sense to make unrealistic ones, as it will eventually lead to you becoming discouraged. If you are five feet tall, you will likely never be able to look like that supermodel that is over six feet tall.
Now, we aren’t telling you that you shouldn’t work out with a friend, or eat healthier with your spouse, we are simply saying that it is important that you don’t compare yourself to them, as everyone’s body is different, and responds differently to diet and exercise.
Learn To Love Your Body
Whole body image issues seem like they can be solved by simply working out and eating healthy, it is simply not so. Some people struggle with body image issues their whole life because instead of addressing the issue head-on, they tirelessly work out or starve themselves until they are comfortable with their image.
Rather than starving yourself, binging, or working out excessively, it is important to first fall in love with your body again. Learning to accept your body is healthy, both mentally and physically, as once you love your body and are more comfortable with yourself you will be able to approach lifestyle changes in a healthier way.
Do You Need Help? Contact Texoma Specialty Counseling, PLLC
Sometimes all you need to start your journey in loving your body is to talk to someone. Whether that be in person, on the phone, through online counseling, or online recovery coaching letting your feelings air out is incredibly important.
At Texoma Specialty Counseling, PLLC Dr. Steph is here for you. By providing online counseling services, Dr. Steph can provide you with the tools to overcome your body image issues while you stay in the comfort of your very own home.
So what are you waiting for? Contact Dr. Steph at Texoma Specialty Counseling, PLLC and start your recovery online today. If you have any questions about the online counseling, or online recovery coaching sessions that we offer please don’t hesitate to contact us today.