How to Cope with These 3 Key Contributors to your Body Image Issues

Body image issues can affect almost anyone. No matter your size, shape, gender, or age, no one is immune to a negative body image of themselves.

We live in a society where the standard of perfection keeps getting higher and more unrealistic. But, it’s not always fair to just blame one or two things for body image issues. There are some specific key contributors that you should be aware of.

The more you know about what might be causing your body image issues, the more steps you can take to coping with them.

Let’s go over three of those key contributors, how they might affect you, and what you can do to cope with them and have a clearer, more positive image of yourself.

1. Influences from Childhood

For many people, body image issues can begin at quite a young age. During your formative years, the people around you have a huge impact on how you see yourself. If your parents, guardians, or other family members often commented on your weight or the way you looked, even if it was done in jest, it could lead to serious body image issues as an adult.

Think back on your formative years. Was your body a “popular” subject among those closest to you? If the answer is yes, this could be a deep, underlying trigger that causes you to view yourself negatively.

One of the best things you can do to cope with this is to practice self-acceptance. Your body changes as you get older. It’s important to remind yourself that you’re not a child anymore. It doesn’t matter what your family thinks of your weight or shape, it only matters what you think.

Self-acceptance can also be one of the most difficult things to achieve for someone who struggles with their body image. But, once you’re able to, you’ll feel more empowered and more confident in yourself.

Positive body image is associated with greater overall well-being, self-compassion, optimism, and intuitive eating. Take this body appreciation quiz and find out where you stand.

2. Media Pressure

The media often gets the most negative reputation for influencing people to look a certain way. Now, in the world of social media, photo filters, etc., it’s become even worse. It’s nearly impossible to avoid the media in one form or another. And, with people who look practically flawless being posted all over, it can really trigger a lot of negativity in people who already struggle with their image.

So, what can you do to cope with something like this, that isn’t going away any time soon? The best thing is to stop comparing yourself to others. This doesn’t just include models in a magazine, it includes your friends on Facebook.

Your body is your business. If you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy and take care of yourself, that’s all that matters. When you stop comparing yourself to others, you’ll have more time to focus on your own physical and mental wellbeing.

3. Your Partner/Spouse

If you’re in a relationship and your partner is pressuring you to look a certain way, it can really take a toll on your self-esteem. Even if they claim that they’re making suggestions in a “loving” way, they’re looking at the relationship from the wrong angle.

It’s important to talk to your partner about how their suggestions make you feel. Hopefully, that will put the negative comments to an end. If they continue talking about your body in a negative way, you may want to consider couples therapy so they can have a better understanding of your needs. 

Recover from Body Image Issues with Help from a Specialist

Recover from your body image issues with these tips Having someone you trust and someone you can talk to about your body image issues is always a great solution. If you’re struggling with self-image, don’t go through that journey alone. Use these tips to cope with specific triggers, and consider seeing one of our counselors for even more helpful solutions.

Eddins Counseling Group in Houston, TX has many experienced counselors that can help you form a more positive body image and cope with concerns such as self-esteem. Call us today at 832-559-2622 or book an appointment online.

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Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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