WRITE A BODY TIME­LINE

Good Health Choices - - You & Improved -

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.”

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