Finding the Value in Positive Self-Image: Why it Matters

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Self-image can be a tricky subject to navigate on the weight management journey. For many of us, our weight is tied directly to how we see ourselves. Years of media influence, opinions from family/friends and culture at large shape our perceptions of ourselves and our bodies. If we’re not careful, those perceptions can easily be influenced.

How Self-Image Affects Weight Management

Getting started on the weight management journey can be hard enough. Getting started when you have poor self image is even tougher.

When we don’t have a positive view of who we are, all areas of our life are affected. Some days, our weight management journey may not seem like it’s even worth the stress. Other days, it can be difficult just to get out of bed to exercise or drive to the store for healthy food.

Poor self-image also contributes to stress, anxiety and depression. When our mental health is suffering, it affects us physically, too. We lose sleep, struggle with food and battle a lack of energy. When you add up all of these factors, our weight is almost always affected.

Tips for Boosting Your Self-Image

Yes, it IS possible to make tangible changes in your life that boost self-image and overall happiness. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Lean on your support systems for encouragement and empowerment
  • Visit a counselor or other health professional to make long-term mental health changes
  • Forgive yourself when you slip-up or go through rough patches
  • Schedule time for self-care and self-improvement
  • Spend your time with people who believe in your potential
  • Listen to positive music and messages that inspire happiness
  • Focus on the present and the future, not on the past

You’re Not Alone…

Navigating the weight management journey and your self image go hand in hand. That means that others are facing the same trials and challenges as you. Remember that you’re not alone, and you have a support system within the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Community – Founder of the Your Weight Matters Campaign.

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