Not Feeling Good Enough About My Body
Not feeling good about your body is a common problem that many people struggle with. Of course, there is no such thing as a perfect body. Bodies come in many different heights and shapes. And on top of that, what looks like an ideal body to one person may vary drastically from another person's ideal, as well as varying across cultures. The truth is that most of us, regardless of body type, like some things about our bodies and dislike others.
Not feeling good enough?
If you feel strong, healthy, and attractive, then your body is good enough. The trick is understanding what attractive really means. Attractive doesn't mean matching a societal ideal. What is truly attractive is being authentic to your true self. It means wearing your hair, makeup, and clothes in ways that make you happy and feel like yourself.
Rather than trying to twist your body into something it's not, take a look at what it actually can be. You can start feeling better about your body by treating it well. Here's the secret. Instead of making your goals a particular weight or change in appearance, make your goals about treating your body right. For instance, the goal should be to eat three vegetables every day instead of losing thirty pounds. The goal should be to do bodyweight exercises four days a week, not to lose four inches around your waist.
Here are a few more things you can do to treat your body right.
- Balance the macronutrients you eat. That means getting enough carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Your body needs all of these to function.
- Get the right amount of calories. The right amount does not mean restricting calories. It's just as important to get enough calories as it is not to get too many. You can find an estimate of how many calories you need to be at a healthy weight.
- Do some kind of weight-bearing cardiovascular exercise every day, or most days. Walking is the simplest exercise, and it can make a big difference in your health when done regularly. Not to mention it just makes you feel good. If you can't walk, dancing (even while seated in a chair) or calisthenics are other options.
- Get enough sleep. This is one of the most important things you can do for your health, but it's often the most overlooked. If you're up late, you're more likely to snack on junk food and less likely to have the energy to work out the next day.
Focus on the healthy acts, not the outcomes. Knowing that you are giving your body the nutrients and exercise it needs will help you to realize you are working toward your body's best state of being. And that should make you feel really good about yourself and the amazing things your body can do when you take care of it.
What's really beautiful? Confidence and joy. Watch out for body image issues that deteriorate your quality of life. If your lack of confidence is interfering with your ability to go to work, bond with people close to you, or participate in activities with family or friends, you may benefit from talking to a professional therapist.