As a young person today it’s easy to fall prey to the idea that you must look a certain way to be accepted by others, but that is simply not the case. Everyone, from children to adults, men to women, struggle with some form of body image issue from time-to-time and for that reason we want to help!
February at Agora is about celebrating our core value of RESPECT. We want to help you respect your health and well-being by giving you tips to help combat negative perceptions about body image. With research from National Eating Disorders Association, SchoolFamily.com, and Eat Right- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we’ve put together a list of ways to not only create a positive body image for yourself but keep it with you into adulthood. Keep reading to find out more:
- Stay Positive: There are two rules for positivity. One, surround yourself with people who care about you and respect you. Two, speak to yourself in a positive way. *
- Don’t Hate, Appreciate: Don’t hate your body because of its appearance, but appreciate it for all the amazing things it does on a daily basis. *
Aspire, Don’t Imitate: The world is filled with celebrities, supermodels, and pro-athletes who seem to look perfect on the outside, and it is perfectly okay to aspire to be a talented musician like Taylor Swift or an excellent athlete like Peyton Manning. But remember, look at them as role models because of their work ethic, perseverance, and talent, not their waist size or muscle mass.
- Stay Healthy: The messages about eating healthy and exercising aren’t just for your health (pun intended). These messages are proposed to help us find ways to keep our bodies strong and working properly so we can continue to live our lives and do the things we enjoy. The focus is about health and well-being, and less about size and image. *
- Make Yourself Happy: You are in charge of your own life, not anyone else! You can choose to do things that make you happy and make you feel good about who you are as a person. If you follow your own happiness, your confidence and self-esteem will follow, and that looks good on everybody!
- Be Kind: Be a kind, caring person to others and to yourself. We are all human and prone to self-doubt and criticism. You can help make this world a better place by looking at others and yourself for what’s on the inside, not on the outside.
Keep checking back to the myAgora Blog page for tips and info on respecting your health all month long.