Body image is about how you see yourself when you look in a mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind

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Forward Thinking Birmingham logoMental health advice from Pause, part of Forward Thinking Birmingham

You may feel uncomfortable in your own skin, anxious, unhealthy or disempowered. Body image can have an impact on your self-esteem and confidence. The media can have an impact on what you think a ‘normal’ body should look like.

Top tips for a positive body image

  • Keep a top-10 list of things you like about yourself: Things that are not related to how much you weigh or what you look like. Read your list often.
  • Remind yourself that true beauty is not skin-deep: Look at yourself as a whole person; beauty is a state of mind and not a state of body.
  • Surround yourself with positive people: It's easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around others who are supportive and who recognise the importance of liking yourself just as you are.
  • Clothes: Wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good about your body.
  • Body image, the media and social media: Be aware of images, slogans, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Remember that images may have been edited by Photoshop.
  • Do something nice for yourself: Do something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap or find a peaceful place outside to relax.

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  • GGBI – Ages: 13-17 – An accessible training platform to help you deal better with negative self-talk.

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