In my field, I’ve come across countless men and women who struggle with how they look. To others, they might appear fine but inwardly it’s a roller coaster.

What we usually see is someone is told by someone of authority or someone esteemed by how they SHOULD look. That becomes the BIBLE now to that person. Or social media that they aren’t accepted for looking a certain way. Or they will be accepted if they start to look a certain way.

This usually will send most into some emotional spirals. Causing many to hate their body features and even themselves.

We aren’t supposed to be cookie-cutter

images of one another. How boring would that be? Practically every photo you see in a magazine will have been digitally altered.

So what to do? First I’m not a therapist but can give some tips.

A. The person who told you how you need to/should look is not God. Speak back to yourself that you’re amazing and made in God's image.

B. Negative talk won’t motivate you to change. Saying, “I hate my fat thighs I need to change” will be effective for a week. Maybe, “I love me and I want to take a healthy step forward to improving my physique”.

C. Post stick notes, index cards, screen savers, or whatever to serve as reminders.

It’s hard work but it’s necessary and you can do this!

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