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Coping With Body Dysmorphia

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Popular media has been promoting unrealistic body images for decades, and now with the age of social media influencers, better editing, filters, and advanced cosmetic surgeries, the problem has simply been aggravated. Children, from a very young age, have been exposed to the representation of a media-constructed ideal of a perfect body only. On the other hand, bodies come in all shapes, forms, and features. To make matters worse, the ideals of beauty change subtly every few years. All of this has seen a rise in body image issues and even body dysmorphia, particularly among young individuals. Here are some ways to improve your relationship with your body by coping with Body Dysmorphia.

How to Fix Body Dysmorphic Disorder(BDD)

People of any age can have Body Dysmorphia, but it’s most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women. You intensely focus on your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming, or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day. Here we have listed some basic ways from which you can cope with dysmorphia and live a healthier life.

Eat Healthy

Eat Better For Self Care

You cannot go wrong with eating a healthy diet. Instead of obsessing over calorie counts, instead, focus on eating well. Have tons of vegetables, leaves, salads, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Make sure to include plenty of fibers, adequate proteins, and a healthy amount of carbohydrates as well. Healthy fats are essential for health too. Experiment with different preparations, cuisines, and styles of cooking to make your meals interesting. Instead of following diet fads, simply eat healthily and keep yourself hydrated.

Stay Active

Yoga promotes overall well being

You do not need to join a gym to stay in shape. All you have to do is to put some effort into getting enough exercise also you can practice yoga exercise. Stay active in general. If you have a majorly sedentary lifestyle, make it a point to get off your chair and take a little walk around. Some light yoga or freehand exercises can be highly beneficial as well. If you cannot manage that, there are several other ways to get exercise as well. Skip the elevators and take the stairs, at least for a couple of floors. For shorter distances walk instead of taking cabs.

Maintain a Health Journal

Journaling is a great way to put your mind at ease and taking out your pent-up anxiety about your body. Maintain a journal on your eating, weight, and health in general. At the end of a month review it and you will be able to have an idea of how you are treating your body, what improvements you have observed, and if there is any way to do better. Write down body affirmations and mention what you like in yourself. Slowly you will see your relationship with your body strengthen, as you stop picking on your flaws and instead work on your positive aspects

Cut Off Toxic People

Cut Off Toxic People to cope with dysmorphic

It is often seen that a large part of our body image issues come from external sources, such as relatives, neighbors, and friends, who constantly point out your flaws or make you feel bad about your body. It is important to stand up to such people and establish your boundaries with body-shaming. If you see that this does not stop or at least change their behavior, it is absolutely okay to cut such people out of your life, because you do not need such negativity and toxicity.

Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder(BDD)

If you are struggling with severe body image issues or body dysmorphia, it is essential to seek professional help. Talk to a professional nutritionist to get a healthy diet chart and weight estimate. A personal trainer can help you find the right exercise routine for your specific needs and definitely seek a mental health professional to get a diagnosis and treatment course. Some common signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder(BDD).

  1. Comparing looks with other.
  2. Trust that you have a defect in your appearance.
  3. Not having social interaction.
  4. Looking yourslef at mirror frequently.
  5. Seeking Reassurance
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