When you think about yourself, the feelings and images that come up are important.
It’s possible that negative thoughts about your body can lead to negative feelings about yourself as a person.
If you do feel scared or self-conscious about the idea of someone else seeing or judging your body, remember that, you’re not alone!
Many people of all ages experience these feelings.
The more you actively value your own unique qualities, the easier it is to think about your body as an extension of the amazing personal traits that you possess.
We tend to limit the idea of beauty to a particular interpretation; as of we have to look or act in a certain way to be considered successful or attractive.
Surprisingly, your self-image can be very different from how the world sees you.
Some people who outwardly seem to have it all (intelligence, looks, personal and financial success) may have a bad self-image.
Conversely, others who have had a very difficult life and multiple hardships may also have a very positive self-image.
It cannot be denied that your self-image has a very strong impact on your happiness, and your outlook on life can affect those around you.
Your self-image is not something that is based on reality; in fact, far from it. In actuality, it is built upon your perception of reality and that is influenced by how you believe you’re being viewed by society and other people.
In fact, they persistently criticise themselves and tend to judge most of their decisions and actions.
A person with a healthy self-image doesn’t deny that they have flaws.
In fact, they are realistic and clearly understand and accept the fact that they have their personal shortcomings. However, there is no critical judgment here, they acknowledge who they are and how they are at this very moment and do the best they can with what they have.
A healthy self-image is of course built upon a high level of self-worth.
Both work together to help shape a healthy personality, which effectively builds the foundations of an empowered life.
Take a personal inventory by listing your positive qualities, goals and passions.
The purpose of this step is to unlock all the good things you feel about yourself;
What are my positive qualities? I am… therefore I can…
What do other people say are my positive qualities?
What personal strengths do I have? I am… therefore I am able to…
What goals would I like to achieve?
How could I live with more meaning and purpose?
What does all this mean to me?
Why is all this important?
A person with a healthy self-image doesn’t rely on outside opinions or circumstances to define who they are.
There is, of course, no one right answer, but rather a variety of answers that go into building your self-image. Yes, you still have flaws and things that you might be struggling with. Accept these things. They are a part of you in the moment. You can work on improving these areas over time. What’s important here is that you’re honest, genuine, authentic and real. This is who you are and this is how you see yourself with warts and all.
In the end building, a healthy self-image is all about you. It’s all about how you and you alone , without external influences — see yourself. And it is this picture/idea of “you” that is what matters above all else.
You alone are thinly one whocan define how you see yourself, and that’s what counts in the end.
Love Elizabeth x