As a woman, it is almost difficult not to be conscious of your appearance. Each day, before going out-door, few to several minutes is spent dressing up and looking at the mirror to assess your appearance. A little touch up here and there, and the final last look before you dash out. In the course of the day, few glances are stolen into the mirror to check if you’re still in place. These are absolutely normal. But may I ask, when you look into the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a beautiful image specially and perfectly designed or you see an image laden with flaws and imperfections? Do you like the way you look or maybe not? Are you happy with the way you look or sad? Do you feel that others think you beautiful?
A positive body image is crucial to your mental health and overall well-being. It is important to always see yourself beautiful as you truly are and never dwell on negative thoughts and comments about your physical features. Many women today suffer psychologically due to a negative body image and low self-esteem that readily comes with it. Are you in a relationship with someone who constantly complains about your physical features? If he doesn’t like your nose and he doesn’t like your ears, what does he want you to do about it? Do you perceive that your partner usually doesn’t like to hang out with you in public? Are you suspecting he’s uncomfortable with your distinct features? Then you have to check that relationship. Do you have friends who constantly make fun of the way you look? Then maybe they are not real friends. Does your family hurt you by referring to what they consider a flaw in your physical features? You need to let them know how their words make you feel.
More importantly, you should understand that what matters most are your own thoughts and perceptions of yourself. Do you think you are beautiful? then you are.
Entertain positive thoughts only. Do you know that being healthy is much more than not being sick? The World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. So are you healthy? Are your perceptions of yourself such that contribute positively to your health, or damaging to it? Your health is in your hands, do all that you can to nurture it.