WRITE A BODY TIMELINE
You may not have experienced consistently positive messages about your body throughout your life. Write down your own body journey to pinpoint where your confidence has been challenged. “Write all the messages you were given about your body,” says clinical psychologist Louise. “When did you begin to believe something was wrong with your body? What sorts of things did you hear about your own or other people’s bodies growing up?
“The point of this exercise is to recognise you were not born disliking your body – it was something you were taught,” she adds. “Think, ‘Is this the type of thing I’d want my children to learn?’ And if not, rebel! A major part of body-image work is to start getting angry at the diet-culture messages that may have brainwashed you.”