Think you’ll never look like actress Jennifer Aniston? You won’t. Believe me — Jennifer Aniston (or any other celebrity you can name) doesn’t even look like the glammed up version of themselves in real life! Face it: We’re bombarded with images of ideal beauty everywhere — on television, in movies, in magazines, you name it. When we compare ourselves with these unattainable, airbrushed images of perfection, we’re always going to come up short. No wonder we pick ourselves apart and get depressed!
The only way out of this trap of negativity is to let go of unrealistic notions of what you should look like. While exercise and eating right are key components to healthy living, accepting and loving your body — working with it rather than against it — are important, too.
Take a good, hard look at where your negative feelings about yourself are coming from. Determine what the source is — whether it’s the media, judgment from family or friends, or maybe a bad relationship; you have to identify it first before you can begin to let it go. Looking for perfect? Forget perfect — it’s boring! Embrace your perceived imperfections (c’mon, they make you unique) and love who you are. It’s the only way to move forward.
Go on a Media Diet
Movies, TV shows, magazines, and other forms of mass media can be entertaining and uplifting, but they also wreak havoc on some people’s self-esteem. Do you let these ideal images bug you? Write down how you feel after reading a beauty magazine or watching a movie. If you feel terrible after watching an episode of Modern Family, then change the channel!
When you stop judging yourself against unrealistic standards, you’ll feel much better.
Bottom line: Your behaviors are your choice. Do what you can to stay healthy and you’ll raise the bar on your quality of life.