Have you ever had the experience where you woke up feeling ok in your body,
but then suddenly and almost without warning, you fell into a moment of bad body
image? The reality is that for many of us, our body image i.e. our perception of
our body, fluctuates on a weekly, daily, or even hourly basis. There are
numerous things that could trigger someone to experience poor body image and
also a myriad of ways that an individual can work to improve their body image.
The following is an initial question that is important to ask yourself when
struggling with bad body image:
“Is there anything else that is bothering me or causing me stress, which I might
be expressing by shifting focus onto my body?”
Often it is easier to focus on what we dislike about our outward appearance,
than to think about the other issues in our lives that the body-hatred may be
masking. For instance, it may be easier to talk about hating your thighs than to
reflect on how your recent breakup has left you feeling unworthy and unloved.
Recognizing that sometimes your poor body image is triggered by other situations
in your life may help you to see that attempting to change your body ultimately
will not bring you the happiness and contentment that you are seeking. When you
are suddenly flooded with a bad body image day or moment, I would urge you to
really dig deep and try to uncover what else might be upsetting you. This way
you can work to address what might actually be bothering you, which you are
projecting onto your body. Think of your experience of poor body image as an
important signal, which tells you that you might need to pay attention to
something else in your life.