How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror? Do you worry and think, “I’m too fat,” “I’m too skinny” or “I’m ugly”?
Maintaining a healthy body image is a challenge. Teens are constantly surrounded by images of celebrities who look like they have “perfect” bodies or bombarded by ads telling them how to lose weight or have shiny hair and clear skin.
Changing how you view your body doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time, patience and a positive mindset to learn how to see yourself in a healthier way. Here are three places to start:
- Confidence – Believing in yourself is an important part of maintaining a healthy body image. Respect yourself, no matter what body type you are. When you’re looking in the mirror, focus on your good features and give yourself some compliments. When you respect yourself and your body, you’re less likely to engage in unhealthy activities.
- Exercise –Exercising at least 30 minutes a day reduces stress, lowers body fat, improves sleep and boosts self-confidence.
- Proper nutrition – Eating healthy foods helps you maintain your weight, prevents disease and boosts your self-confidence.