Dealing With Bad Body Image Days

Bad body image days are rough. We all experience them to some degree, and what makes them frustrating is that they are unpredictable. While it may be easier to obsess over our flaws and let the self-criticism run rampant, there are steps we can take to alleviate some of the distress. Here are ten surefire ways to make bad body image days slightly more tolerable.

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Write Something Down

Whether it’s a blog post, an email, or in a journal - just, write. Putting your thoughts onto paper is a useful way to get them out of your head, and it allows you to make room for more positive ideas and feelings.

Think About Everything You've Done

Make a list of your accomplishments. Re-read this list in moments of self-doubt. This list is not for your CV - rather, this list is to remind YOU that you are more than your body. Your body, the one that is giving you trouble, has carried you through many successes. Here is where you get to remind yourself of that.

Get Outside

Nothing is a better cure for bad body image days than fresh air and a fresh perspective. Go sit in the park and people watch or go for a walk around the block. Take advantage of sunny weather but know that going for a quick walk in the rain can be fun, too.

Declutter and Organize

Pick one room of your house/apartment/condo and get to work! Throw out all those useless papers and pieces of “junk” that have accumulated over time. Organize your books and magazines. Dust the surfaces of your tables, electronics, and accessories. Create a fresh and inviting space that you will be sure to feel “relaxed” in. Cleaning really is a form of therapy, and it’ll do a good job of removing the focus from your body. Putting on a little music in the background can help too. I mean, who doesn’t love to dance it out while they clean?

Treat Yourself

Are you a coffee person? A tea person? Perhaps you love browsing the thrift shop for accessories or have been eyeing those cute little plates and bowls from Anthropologie. Spend a little money on yourself. Counteract those voices telling you that your body is “not good enough” and prove to yourself that you are worth it by treating yourself to a little something today.

Reconnect

Text an old friend. Sometimes, reaching out to old friends can be exactly what you need. Lean on any support you can get.

Learn Something New

With social media powerhouses like YouTube and Pinterest, it has never been easier to learn a new skill! Ever wanted to knit? What about a DIY project? Or maybe you’ve been dying to learn how to contour… whatever it is, there is surely a tutorial for it. Make a list of all the new things you want to learn and refer to it in times of need.

Indulge in Self-Care

Take a shower. Exfoliate. Do a face mask. Paint your nails. It’s all about self-care, ladies and gents! Get cuddled up under a cozy blanket and read. Or watch Netflix. Don’t be shy or embarrassed to take time for yourself.

Take a Social Break

I don’t know about you, but when I’m having a bad body image day, social media can be my worst enemy. Before I know it, the comparison game has started, and I’m knee-deep in the profiles of models and athletic trainers and health enthusiasts. Turn off your phone for an hour or two and just… be.

Get Comfy

Comfy clothes are your best friends on bad body image days. Whenever possible, dress in something that will make you feel “as good as possible”. If you’re lounging around at home, sweats are ideal. If you need to head to school or the office, pick an outfit you love. Something comfortable, but something you love.

Just remember: you are not your body. You have a body, but you are not your body. And also know that bad body image thoughts always do pass. Sometimes it can be reassuring in and of itself to know that the discomfort is temporary and not permanent. Next time you get those “body image blues”, try something from this list. Who knows, you may even have a little fun.