[7GM1207] The Secret To A More Positive Self Image

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In today's episode of 7 Good Minutes, our friend Julia Kristina talks with us about how to shape a more positive self image, and why it's important.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Developing A More positive Self-Image

Here are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about self-image to help get you started on the road to having a positive self-image.

What is a positive self-image?

Create a positive self-imageSelf-image is the way you see yourself. It is not your body image. The more positive feelings we have towards ourselves, the better our self-image will be.

For example, if you see yourself as a kind person, and then do something kind for someone else, you reinforce your belief that you are a good person.

People with more balanced images tend to be happier, healthier individuals who have more confidence in themselves.

Self-image can be changed over time, but it's important to work on the relationship you have with yourself first and foremost.

Why should I care about my self-image?

It's important to care about your self-image because it can have a major effect on how you think about yourself and the world around you. When we like ourselves, we are happier, more confident, and better able to cope with challenges in life.

It also influences what other people think of us which is necessary for making friends, and simply having a better life.

While it's not possible to change some aspects of our appearance, like height or weight, there are many ways we can have more confidence and start feeling better about ourselves.

What is a positive self-image?

A positive self-image comes from a place of “I'm okay” rather than “I have to be perfect”. You are confident in your abilities, but you also know what your limitations are.

People with a positive self-image are comfortable in their own skin. They have good relationships and get along well with others. It means feeling okay about who you are, what you look like, and what kind of person that you are.

It's also feeling okay with all the things that make us unique: our strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures.

What is a negative self-image?

A negative self-image is often the result of what someone dealt with as a child. It can also be caused by insecurities, where you're constantly comparing yourself to others or feeling like there's something wrong with you. If you do not have a good way to deal with stress, it will make it harder for you to be happy.

A positive self-image means having a good opinion about who you are, what you look like, and what kind of person that you are. If we don't have confidence in these qualities then it is easy for other people to

Is body image and self-image the same thing?

The question of whether or not body image is equivalent to self-image has been debated for decades. According to Daniel Yankelovich, an author who wrote on this subject in 1977, “people want a physical balance that reflects their own sense of themselves.”

There are many factors affecting how we feel about our bodies and how others see us, but it is widely agreed upon that positive body image contributes to having better health.

Body image is one of those things that is such a personal question that it's hard to answer. It can be affected by many different factors, the most common of which are media exposure and peer pressure. However, it is clear that positive body image contributes greatly.

How to improve your self-image?

You can start by really focusing on what your best qualities are. Write them down, and then when you're feeling low or discouraged about yourself, spend some time thinking through these traits.

Think of the times in the past when someone else has complimented you for those strengths and take comfort in knowing that they are things about yourself that other people admire.

It's important to understand that there is no one perfect person.

There are many different people out there and each person has their own strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures – just like you! You don't need to be perfect to have confidence in yourself or feel happy with who you are.

Change your focus to having a healthy self-image

Instead of focusing on negative thoughts, and what you don't like about yourself or your body, try and think about the good things that you do have. What are some positive qualities or attributes?

For example: “I'm a great listener,” “I love reading” or ” I can make people laugh.” Write them down!

Stop trying to be someone you're not. If you try and change your personality or add qualities that don't suit who you are, this will make it harder for other people to see the real you.

This might even damage any relationships with friends or family members.

Getting started

One of the best ways to give your self-image a boost is to recognize and acknowledge your strengths, like being kind or thoughtful, rather than dwelling on or constantly criticizing your weaknesses.

For better mental health stop comparing yourself or your body to others. This can only lead to unhappiness. Instead, do something for yourself. Find a hobby that makes you happy and give yourself time to pursue new interests.

Remember, your self-talk matters

Improving your overall mental health

Always remember that the words you say to yourself every day, and the way you say them, matter. If you tell yourself that you are ugly or worthless, the message will eventually get through to your subconscious and it begins to affect how you see yourself in a negative light.

Always speak kindly about yourself and affirm positive qualities of yours with phrases like “I am beautiful inside and out.” This is especially important if others say unkind words to you.

Be kind to yourself

This is a tough topic but one that's so important to talk about. We often neglect ourselves and forget how important we are as individuals in this big world of ours.

One of the best ways to improve your self-image is by being kinder to yourself. That means taking care of yourself and making sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, drinking water instead of relying on alcohol or caffeine as a substitute for good hydration, etc.

It can also mean practicing self-compassion when things don't go as planned.

What role does self-esteem play in having a positive self-image?

Self-esteem is a major part of developing your self-image. This means understanding and embracing who you are, what makes you unique, and acknowledging that these core traits are part of what makes you a success.

When we have high self-esteem or positive feelings about ourselves, it helps us feel good about our own self-worth. And when we feel good about ourselves, it's easier to love ourselves and others.

Self-love is important for the development of a positive self-image because it helps us accept our flaws as part of who we are without judgment or criticism.

Can social media affect self-image?

Social media can be a major factor in shaping our self-image and how you feel about your body. Keep in mind that it's not just the images of other people on social media that can affect us, but also what we post about ourselves and how others react to these posts.

The way in which we perceive ourselves is also heavily influenced by the reactions of those around us, and this can be true even when these people are not physically present.

The influence of social media on self-image

This influence becomes a major factor in self-esteem development as children grow up, but it can affect adults too.

If someone with low self-esteem, or who suffers from anxiety consistently receives positive feedback from their friends, they often get a huge boost in how they feel about themselves.

On the other hand, if someone with low self-esteem is criticized by a friend or family member, this can be very damaging and lead them to feel worse than before.

Combating negative social media influences

A key way to combat negative social media influences on your self-image is through practicing positive thinking.

By practicing positive thinking, you may find it easier to stay grounded and not be as affected by negative comments.

10 tips on how do to develop a positive self-image?

  1. – Develop better awareness of and understanding of who you are.
  2. – Identify your strengths, weaknesses, and limitations.
  3. – Accept the past as simply part of your story. You can't change it or do anything about it now so accept that this is what made you who you are today.
  4. – Spend time with people who are positive and encouraging (both online and offline). This is also good for your personal health and wellness.
  5. – Practice gratitude for all that you have. Appreciating what is good about your life as it changes each day.
  6. – Find a hobby or something new that you can learn – this will help stop any negative thought patterns.
  7. – Seek out a therapist or counselor who can help you work on your self-image issues in more depth and that will give you tools to try yourself.
  8. – Find, read, watch anything that inspires positive thoughts about life and what it means to be human – this will make you feel better and remind you why you are here.
  9. – Spend time outside in nature – this can be something that is just for you to get some peace of mind or a reason to connect with others who enjoy the outdoors as well.
  10. – Consider taking up yoga or meditation to help calm your mind and give yourself a place where you feel safe from judgment, criticism, and fear.

In conclusion

It is important that we take the time to work on our self-image. We should embrace what makes us unique, and revel in it because those are our strengths.

Plus, it also leads to having better overall health.

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