Do you wish you could lose weight, get taller, or develop faster? It's pretty common to worry a little about how your body looks, especially when it's changing. You can learn about body image and ways to take control of yours.
What is body image?
Body image is how you think and feel about your body. It includes whether you think you look good to other people.
Body image is affected by a lot of things, including messages you get from your friends, family, and the world around you. Images we see in the media definitely affect our body image even though a lot of media images are changed or aren't realistic.
Why does body image matter? Your body image can affect how you feel about yourself overall. For example, if you are unhappy with your looks, your self-esteem may start to go down. Sometimes, having body image issues or low self-esteem may lead to depression, eating disorders, or obesity.
How can I deal with body image issues?
Everyone has something they would like to change about their bodies. But you'll be happier if you focus on the things you like about your body — and your whole self. Need some help? Check out some tips:
List your great traits. If you start to criticize your body, tell yourself to stop. Instead, think about what you like about yourself, both inside and out. The "What's unique about me?" log can get you started.
Know your power. Hey, your body is not just a place to hang your clothes! It can do some truly amazing things. Focus on how strong and healthy your body can be.
Treat your body well. Eat right, sleep tight, and get moving. You'll look and feel your best — and you'll be pretty proud of yourself too.
Give your body a treat. Take a nice bubble bath, do some stretching, or just curl up on a comfy couch. Do something soothing.
Mind your media. Try not to let models and actresses affect how you think you should look. They get lots of help from makeup artists, personal trainers, and photo fixers. And advertisers often use a focus on thinness to get people to buy stuff. Don't let them mess with your mind!
Let yourself shine. A lot of how we look comes from how we carry ourselves. Feeling proud, walking tall, and smiling big can boost your beauty — and your mood.
Find fab friends. Your best bet is to hang out with people who accept you for you! And work with your friends to support each other.
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