Katy brought another blog post to her counselling session last week – this time her topic is body image. Katy has challenged so much regarding her body – image in her one-to-one counselling sessions and dance movement body confidence sessions, and in her own reflections and practices outside of the counselling sessions. She has come a long way, and wants to share this with you:
‘Body image is how you look and feel about your body and self-esteem Having, or recovering from, an eating disorder is really difficult, and also when there are body- image issues.
In this blog, I am going to share my self-care tips, and how they help me when my body- image is difficult.
1- My body – image affirmations:
Creating and practicing my body-image affirmations has helped me. One of my favourites is ‘You are worth with how you look. Don’t let anyone say any different about you’.
2 – Keeping a journal:
When I am having a bad day, I put what is bothering me in my journal, so that is it out there, rather than all inside of me, and it puts my mind at ease.
3 – Buying clothes that fit:
In my eating disorder recovery, I have put on weight, so I’ve bought some new clothes that fit, and that are my size and look good. Putting on weight was hard for me, but I don;t want to be ill again with the eating disorder!
4 – Ignoring what people say:
I have had people say to me I am pregnant and that I have put on weight. Those kinds of comments can be damaging. It is nobody’s concern if I have put on weight. People don’t think sometimes.
5 – Unfollowing toxic accounts on social media:
Following people who post toxic content can be triggering. I have removed and blocked these accounts from those people.
6 – I stopped keeping looking in the mirror all the time:
When my body image issues rise up and are bad, I don’t analyse myself in the mirror. I simply don’t look, or I turn the mirror around, or put something over it. Your mind can play tricks on you when you are in a negative body-image frame of mind.
These are my tips that help me, and I hope they will help others as much as they have me.’