Body image - learning to love the skin you're inFocus on learning more about what it means to be comfortable in your own skin and becoming aware of the difference in having a “positive body image” and a “negative body image”. The more you understand, the easier it will become to accept who you are and how people see you.

What is Body Image?

Body Image is a phrase used to describe how one perceives their physical body. Since we are all uniquely different there is no definitive description of how we should look and feel, perception will vary amongst individuals as well, sometimes as often as on a daily basis depending on your mood and changes in your environment. The most important thing to remember is that “body image” is NOT how you look, it’s how you feel about the way you look. While the two may sound similar, they are worlds apart. It’s not uncommon that two people of similar size and shape will feel completely opposite when it comes to self-esteem levels. Most likely, the other major difference between them is their acceptance and awareness of who they are. This is a prime example of Body Image variations.

What is Body Image Awareness?

Acknowledging what makes people different and learning to accept those differences is generally the first step to becoming aware. Learning to accept what you do have and understanding that certain physical qualities are unattainable is a great place to start. Pay attention to your body and what it’s trying to tell you. Once that line of communication is open, an awareness, along with acceptance, will start to grow. Being taller, leaner or bearing a different eye color will not make someone happier until they’ve learned to accept themselves for who they are. Women in particular tend to compare themselves with images portrayed in the media, not taking into consideration that the 5’10”, 120 pound model on the cover a magazine might not particularly like the way she looks. Everyone has a right to love their body, the difficult part is learning how.