Are you unhappy with your body and what you see in the mirror? Trying to be more comfortable in your own skin is not always easy, but it can be worth it. 

Body image can affect many different parts of someone’s life. It can have a positive effect on your physical and mental health. However, if you don’t have a good body image you may even start to feel anxious or depressed. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

What You Can Do 

Reflect on your values – We are told to never judge a book by its cover. However, the way other people look and dress can determine how we feel about them. Perhaps we should value compassion, equality, ad diversity more. It’s likely that the people you care about and like to spend time with are valued by you based not only on their appearance but their other values. 

Practice being grateful – The next time you look in the mirror try to feel grateful. Think about the parts of your body that you like. If you find yourself being critical, respond to that criticism with a compliment. 

Think about functionality – Think about what your body does and how it works. Your body helps you to breathe, sleep, dance, sing, talk with other people and do many other things. Your body isn’t deliberately trying to prevent you from living your life, in fact, it’s doing the exact opposite. Consider making a list of what your body does well and refer back to this list when you’re feeling bad. 

Use protective filtering – Protect yourself by filtering out anything that could potentially make you feel bad. Stop watching television shows about models, or wealthy skinny people. Don’t buy fashion magazines that may contain pictures of men or women that look “perfect”. Instead, spend time engaging with people who are body positive as they can have a good impact on your mental health. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk