We Asked Three Experts How They Deal With Body Confidence Issues
Look, let's face it -- we've all got hang-ups about our bodies.
Heck, even Beyoncé has admitted to feeling pressured to look a certain way. During an interview with Vogue back in 2018, Queen Bey revealed that after the birth of her first child, Blue Ivy, she started to "believe in the things society said about how my body should look".
I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy.
We get it, learning to love yourself is hard work but it's not impossible. And, while it might take some time for you to fully appreciate, well, you, there are small steps you can take each and every day to help reach that body love goals.
To find out, 10 daily spoke to a psychologist, a nutritionist and an entrepreneur to get their advice on how they conquer their body image issues.
Rachel Cohen - Psychologist
Cohen told 10 daily that women are almost doomed from the start to feel insecure about their bodies.
"We exist in a society that profits from pointing out women's supposed flaws and selling them a product to fix them," she said.
As a result, women learn to view their bodies as inadequate and flawed and internalise the belief that only by looking a certain way will they be happy. Just think how many industries would go out of business if women woke up tomorrow and decided that they were happy with their bodies just the way they are?
Cohen, who works at The Black Dog Institute, went on to say that thankfully, it appears women are starting to "push back against unrealistic appearance and ideals".
"Instead of focusing on all the ways their bodies don’t measure up to societal beauty standards, these women accept their bodies as they are, see beauty in a diverse range of appearances and inner attributes, and appreciate what their bodies do, not just how they look," she said.
Lyndi Cohen - Nutritionist
Thinking of feeling guilty about eating that piece of chocolate that tasted so damn good? Don't.
That's the advice from Cohen, who told 10 daily "it's not worth sacrificing 95 percent of your life to weigh five percent less."
"Reminding yourself that the 'perfect body' isn't worth sacrificing your life, mental wellbeing and social life over," she said.
It’s ok to wake up some days and have bad body image days. Everyone, myself included has bad body image days. Body love is simply hearing that negative voice in your head and choosing to quieten it. Some days it's harder than others.
Cohen went on to advise those who are feeling down to remember that "body love isn't some destination -- it's a practice".
"It's the practice of reminding yourself that your life won't be magically better when you have a perfect body. Reminding yourself that the 'perfect body' isn't worth sacrificing your life, mental wellbeing and social life over," she said.
Peta Shulman - Entrepreneur
Founder of GoodnessMe Box, Shulman told 10 daily her journey to self-love started when she found herself at her lowest ever point.
"I had been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition," she said. "That's when I realised how I felt became so much more important than how I looked."
Shulman said that on the outside her body "gave away nothing, but on the inside, my immune system was shot".
It was this illness that Schulman says prompted her to learn about the healing power of food and take care of her body.
"These days, my number one priority is to wake up feeling energised. I’m so thankful for what my body does for me every day. I choose to nourish it and fuel it with what it needs to thrive, rather than counting calories and trying to be a mathematician in the name of health," she said.
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