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  • Writer's pictureEsder Shin, PMHNP

Strategies To Combat Negative Body Image Thoughts

What strategies can I use to combat negative body image thoughts?

Negative body image thoughts can be detrimental to one's mental health and overall well-being. It can lead to low self-esteem, depression, and even eating disorders.

However, there are several strategies that one can use to combat negative body image thoughts.

1. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and show yourself the same level of compassion that you would show to a friend who is going through a hard time. Acknowledge that everyone has flaws and that imperfection is a part of being human.

2. Challenge negative thoughts: When negative thoughts arise, challenge them by asking yourself if they are realistic or if they are based on assumptions. Replace these thoughts with positive ones, focusing on your strengths and accomplishments.

3. Focus on positive self-talk: Practice positive self-talk by using affirmations such as "I am worthy," "I am beautiful," and "I am enough." Repeat them to yourself throughout the day, especially when negative thoughts arise.

4. Surround yourself with positivity: Surround yourself with people who uplift you and make you feel good about yourself. Avoid people who constantly criticize or bring you down.

5. Practice self-care: Take care of yourself by engaging in activities that make you feel good, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with friends and family. Treat yourself with kindness, and prioritize your physical and mental health.

6. Seek professional help: If negative body image thoughts are affecting your daily life and are difficult to manage, please feel free to contact us.

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