Let’s talk Body image

When it comes to body images, females are usually preoccupied in the way their bodies are. Most of the time they are never happy with the way their bodies are. They become fixated in changing their body image, and in the process may cause illnesses such as anorexia nervosa, Bulimia and dehydration due to starvation. Or they may simply over work themselves at the gym and cause exhaustion.
Whilst being healthy is an important factor, however, we should be grateful for the body we have while working towards being more fit and healthy. Some common factors that portray negative body image:
 Low Self-esteem
 Constantly being told by others, you are fat/chubby or too thin.
 Looking at social media and comparing your body with celebrities.
These are few but not limited to the above. The sad reality is that we live in a culture where being thin and having the perfect body means beauty. What we need to remember is that our health is our greatest wealth and in order to maintain that we should rather focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Which includes:
 Having a balanced diet: When we speak about a balanced diet one usually confuses this with only eating vegetables and salads. However, this is not true. A balanced diet includes having meals in portions. Making sure you have at least three main meals a day (breakfast, lunch and supper), with light snacks in between (nuts, raisins and fruits).
 Exercising: This is essential for optimal physical and mental health. You don’t have to go to the gym, you can do basic home exercises. At least 15-30 minutes of exercise is sufficient. Walks and going for a jog is vital and is included as exercise as well.
 Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.
 Getting sufficient amounts of sleep increases our productivity during the day.
So, the next time you feel upset about the way your body looks, remind yourself about the above. If you do not love your body the way it is, who will? It does not matter what other people may think because, at the end of the day when you are ill due to the starvation and dehydration look around and see who is there for you.
I always say have quality people in your life and circle. People who accept you for who you are. You don’t need people who are constantly giving you negative criticism about the way you look.
Learn to appreciate your body the way it is. Love your body, take care of it by having a healthy balanced lifestyle.

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