How to Have a Healthier Body Image

What are your thoughts on your body? Is the first thing that comes to mind that you like it? Or even love your body?

A poor body image can affect someone in many ways, like work performances, in relationships and even in your overall life. Many times people have specific parts of their bodies that they don’t like, it can be something “small”, like their lips or nose. Or it can be the legs, arms or tummy. 

If you asked 100 people about what they don’t like about themselves, you would probably get a pretty long list. 

I hope that will change in the future.

So why do so many people have an unhealthy body image? 

If you want someone or something to blame for having a poor body image, you could blame it on the upbringing (maybe a family member said something about a specific body part, or that certain body parts should look a specific way) or maybe you would blame it on the media, which never seems to get enough of publishing how to get the “perfect” body. 

Certain celebrities make a living advertising diet products, most of the times it is products they don’t even use themselves and sometimes those teas/shakes/whatever can actually be dangerous for your digestive system.

Anyway, the point is not to talk too much about the bad side of this subject. I want to give you ideas on how to get a better body image. 

And who wouldn’t want to feel better about their body?

But before that, remember that there is no such thing as the “perfect” body. There have always been ideals, but those ideals have changed with time and will keep on changing.

Here are some ideas to have a healthier body image:

Remember what your body is able to do. Studying biology and all the functions of your body can help you see that. Every part of your body have an important job to do, and it’s working its ass off to stay alive and healthy. So look at your body like a friend that is keeping you alive instead of focusing on how it looks.

Give yourself compliments. Decide every day to look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself three compliments. And if you have had a bad day and think bad thoughts about your physical appearance, you have to apologize to yourself and give yourself compliments instead. 

You probably wouldn’t say rude things about your friend’s appearance, so why do you do that to yourself? Stop it. Treat yourself the way you would your best friend. 

Focus on being healthy. A healthy body is way more important than a good looking body. Please don’t change your body into something that it is not, just because society/celebrities/family members/friends thinks so. Cut those influences out of your life. I once knew a girl who were told from an early age how women were “supposed” to look like. She ended up doing operations to look that way and contemplated starting to wear corsets. I tried to talk her out of it, but I know that it can be very difficult to change your views if you have been subjected to something that much in your past. 

Try to shift your mindset of the way your body looks to taking care of it instead. And by the way, if you’re healthy, you get kind of a glow, and that is gorgeous. And you will be happier. And happiness is awesome. 

Do a social media detox. Remove/unfollow those bad influences who only post heavily edited images of themselves or “perfect” looking pictures. Instead, follow real people who are open and honest. We all know how easy it is to use filters. Stop doing it and stop trying to look like something that is not you. If you constantly try to change your looks because you don’t think your pretty/skinny/fit/whatever enough on social media, how are you supposed to feel good in real life?

Choose your inner circle wisely. Hang out with people who truly care about you and are in no way shaming you. Not they way you look, or what you do. Spend time with those who will lift you, bring you good energy and support you. 

I’m absolutely not saying that this is easy, it takes a lot of work. But I believe that if we start to take care of ourselves and be kind to ourselves, no matter how we think we look or what we think we deserve, the future will be better. For all of us.

Do you have any suggestions on how to have a healthier body image? Please share in the comments! ❤

Why We Buy Stuff We Don’t Need

Haven’t we all, at one time or another, found ourselves looking at a thing that we’ve just bought and found no reason for its existence in our lives?

We don’t always buy things rationally, but what exactly is the reason for this phenomenon?

Well, there is something called behavioral economics, which is a psychological field where you study the decision-making regarding purchases. So let’s put it this way, you bought something that afterwards made no sense for you to buy. Classical economics have a model of rational action, which says that before you buy anything, you weigh the pros and cons of the of the potential purchases and then base your decision on the one with the best outcome. Behavioral economics, on the other hand, says that this rational decision process rarely happens with people. Humans are complex creatures with emotions and biases and therefore can often make choices which are not in their best interest in the longer run.

When it comes to economics, we have probably made a few (to say the least) confused and irrational decisions. I know I have bought clothes a couple of times that I didn’t need, nor ended up liking. These purchases happened when there was a good deal, blinding me to make a rational choice. I know, I am one of those who loves a good deal. But it really isn’t a good deal if you won’t end up using it.

When it comes to clothes, I now make a point of only buying the items that I instantly like or love and know I will be using.

Actually, many of the choices we make are made under conditions with uncertainty and you’re not aware of every benefit or risk that comes with it. Sometimes, those risks and benefits can also be shifting, making it even harder to choose “right”.

With behavioral economics, you can reach a better understanding of the effects regarding uncertainty in decision-making when it comes to financial savings and consumer purchasing. So try to think before you make your next purchase – is it really something that will be useful or that you really want?

If not, go home and be happy you still have that money left in your wallet. Yay!

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The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal

Remind yourself of the last time you felt truly grateful for something. Was it about a person in your life, being able to run or the kind gesture of a stranger?

Being grateful for something can come in many different shapes and forms. Gratitude is the emotion you express for something you appreciate having or getting. It’s about recognizing the value of something without its monetary worth. It can be described as a spontaneously feeling or an affirmation of goodness, it starts with noticing the good in your life.

The opposite of gratitude – and what one might call “thieves of gratitude” – are narcissism, envy and cynicism. A culture of materialism, which is all about instant gratification, and seeing things as the source of happiness and constantly wanting new stuff is the opposite of being grateful for what you have. (This is bad, in case someone was wondering.)

Although gratitude in itself is a spontaneous emotion, research show that you can live a happier life by consciously make efforts to count your blessings. It is possible to train your brain to experience this wonderful feeling – and there are several personal and social benefits to do so. Yay!

You can feel grateful for your life in general, having a job and a stable income, your family, your pet (well ok – I know they’re family), colleagues, friends, nature and your health. This gratitude will impact your life, both on the inside and on the outside.

Appreciation boosts your happiness and will make a difference for both your physical and mental health. This applies even to those who might struggle with depression, or other mental issues. Over time, the effects of gratitude will snowball and, in a way, pay itself forward. Amazing, right?!

So go ahead – start a gratitude journal.

Write down three things each day that you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. Do this every day.

If you do it in the evening before going to bed you’ll probably sleep better since you’re focused on what’s made you happy during the day, instead of the stressful things that might have occurred.

What are you grateful for today?




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You can find more articles on this subject here:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/finding-new-home/201811/another-potential-benefit-gratitude-healthier-eating
https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/between-you-and-me/201809/you-should-express-gratitude-today-here-are-5-reasons-why
https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/basics/gratitude