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Positive body image

Sometimes, we worry about how we look or what our friends think about our body. Here is some useful advice to help you build a positive body image.

What is body image? 

Body image is the way we think and feel about ourselves physically and how we believe other people see us. 

Here are some examples of body image difficulties: 

  • Comparing the way you look with your friends or those you follow on social media. 
  • Struggling to accept your body. 
  • Feeling self-conscious about birthmarks, scars, acne or other marks on your body. 

Useful tips to build body positivity

Body positivity is building acceptance to all bodies no matter the type, shape or size. By thinking positively about how you look, this will help you feel more confident. 

It may take time to change the way we feel about our bodies. Here are some useful tips to help change your mindset: 

  • Focus on looking after your health more than the way you look. 
  • The best way to improve your self-esteem is to treat yourself as you'd treat a valued friend, in a positive but honest way. 
  • Focus on doing things that you enjoy, as this is good for your emotional wellbeing. Find out more information about the five simple things we can do to give our wellbeing a boost. 
  • Don’t categorise foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
  • Eat a balanced diet and do a healthy amount of exercise.

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