You’re not alone
Body image issues affect people of all types, shapes, ages, and sizes. Some of the best things to do to improve your body image have nothing to do with dieting or trying to change your body. Here are tips from a psychiatrist and coach to work on changing how you think and feel about your body.
Think of your body size like your shoe size
You don’t spend hours in front of the mirror pining to be the “perfect” size 7 shoe, so why give that treatment to the rest of your body? You shouldn’t, says Susan Albers, a clinical psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of six books on mindful eating. “It can be a big leap to go straight from ‘I hate my body’ to ‘I love my body,’ so I tell my clients to work on acceptance, first. We accept our foot size and don’t try to change it, and we can do the same with our body,” she says. Try these 22 powerful ways to remind yourself how worthy you truly are.