Build a positive self-image in 6 steps!

A positive body image of oneself is the one we should aspire to: You see yourself as you are in the present with a very real perception of your height, shape, and weight. You agree that you are overweight or not. When you have a positive body image, you do not get distracted by the obsession with food, weight, calories, exercise, and so on. You are proud of yourself, you believe in yourself and feel comfortable in your own body.
 
Many people who suffer from "binge-eating" and/or do not have positive body images. Rather, they have a very distorted picture of reality. Here are six ways to create a positive body image:
 
 
1. Remember a moment in your life where you felt really good.
 
Go back to a time when you were happy with your body. Maybe it was high school or college. Whatever the time, close your eyes, breathe deeply and remember what you felt. Let these good feelings shine in you.

 
2. Write down what you love about yourself now.

 
Take a piece of paper and write down everything you love about yourself: your legs, your eyebrows, your smile, your hair, and so on. The key here is to focus on what you like about yourself rather than the other way around. Start enjoying what you love about you. This will make you feel better overall. (Do not forget to write down what you like about yourself that is other than physical)

 
3. Create a list of people you admire.

Note why you admire these people. As you write features you like, learn from it.
 
For example, let's say you have a high regard for Ellen. Your list could include her generosity towards people, her willingness to support what she believes and her strong belief who has succeeded in succeeding, whatever its context. You do not admire Ellen because of her appearance; You admire her for the difference she makes in the world. For her contribution to society. How she touched and changed so many lives.

   
4. Note your posture when walking.

 
Walk with your head down looking at the floor? Are your shoulders forward? A little pride! Start walking tall and make eye contact with people. Hold your head high. Walk with your shoulders back and down. Walk around trying to be as tall as possible.
 

5. Start to exercise.
 
If you have not done any physical activity in a while, start slowly. Take a walk outside on a nice day. If you are used to exercising, continue and change your routine so that you do not get bored. When you workout, you begin to feel good, even if it lasts 15 minutes. Start slowly and gradually. Each training is a victory, build on it.
 
6. Hang out with positive people.
 
Look at the people closest to you. Are they positive or negative? If they are negative, it is highly likely that their attitude will reflect on you and your own attitude. Try to limit your time with a negative person as this will increase the likelihood that you feel bad and you may focus on things you do not like about yourself.
 
Starting to feel good and learning to accept yourself is not easy, but little by little you will notice the changes that have occurred. Learn to take care of yourself instead of working against yourself and criticizing yourself. Work on your posture and stop wasting time thinking about what you are not. Love the person you are and the person you are becoming.

Patricia Lamarre