"Am I too big?" I sent that message to my sister after scrolling through Instagram. My sister responded with comforting words. She said, "You are not big. You are full of extra love." I thanked my sister for her kind words, but I still felt sad about my size. Unfortunately, I know I am not alone in how I think of myself.
As young women are scrolling their timelines, they are constantly comparing themselves to other women on their feeds. High school and college-aged girls often compare their looks to celebrities or even their peer group. This comparison can lead young women to feel as if their physical bodies are unacceptable to society.
Social media often promotes the idea that thinner bodies are the standard of beauty, and it is not fair. Online platforms making one body type the "blueprint" can cause many young women to consider surgery. A study published in Current Psychology found that women from 18-29 were considering surgery due to social media imagery.
1. Unfollow Pages That Cause You to Feel Bad
To help you stop comparing yourself to other body types, take some time to reevaluate who you follow. Unfollow pages that cause you to feel bad about your body. Instead, follow accounts that promote body positivity and self-love like @thebodypositive.
2. Work With a Therapist
3. Affirm Your Body
Look in the mirror and recite affirmations. My favorite one to say is, "I am wonderfully made." Recite affirmations in the morning and right before bed.
4. Move Your Body
5. Dress in Clothing That Makes You Feel Joyful
When you look good, you feel good. That is the motto I live by. Go to different clothing stores and see what you like. Putting on a cute outfit every day can help boost your mood and confidence.
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