Back in 1999 a study by researchers Kevin J. Thompson and Leslie J. Heinberg found that there certainly is a large media influence on body image, and that this filters down into eating habits, and eating disorders.
Since 1999 things have only got worse. Glossy magazines are everywhere, full of pictures of skinny women, and stick thin models. Hollywood movie parts go to the most glamorous women, often being a “size zero”, and we are all familiar with the pictures of skinny Hollywood starlets on the red carpet.
Such images do have a massive impact on how we view ourselves, and especially have a great infleunce on the younger generation. After All, these women are seen as some of the most successful, beautiful women in the world, so in effect if you want to be like them then you too have to have a skinny waist line.
Even though we know deep down this is not true it still raises insecurities…
…but this does not have to be the case!
You can retrain your mind to move past these insecurities and develop a healthy body image.
Here are some positive affirmations you can use:
- I love my body
- I am happy being me
- I have an attractive body
- I am happy in my own skin
- My body is healthy
- People admire me as I am
- I accept myself
- I am confident with my appearance
- I am confident with my body
- I’m happy with my body
- My body is perfect as it is
- My body looks better every day
The method here is that you should repeat these affirmations on a daily basis. Eventually you will of said them so much that you start to believe them, and in the end you will be living by these principles as the affirmations literally flood your unconscious mind.
Another way you can rewire your body image is through the use of subliminal messages. Just like the affirmations above subliminal messages work in the same way – however instead of needing to repeat the affirmations yourself you just put the CD on. The affirmations are embedded behind the music as subliminal messages, and enter your mind without your conscious knowledge or any effort required by yourself. If this sounds of interest to you then read more about our Healthy Body Image album here.