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5 Tips for Loving Your Body More

By Staff | June 14, 2021 | Mayo Clinic Health Information Library

Do you despair when comparing the way you look with the way you feel you should look? Do you constantly pick yourself apart and dissect every imperfection?

Many people struggle with a negative body image. This can affect your mood, which in turn can trigger overeating episodes. Consider these tips for loving and accepting yourself more.

  • Appreciate the body you have. Think of it as a gift. Recognize all the things your body can do.
  • Recognize that you are more than your body. Write a list of your strengths and best features, and add to it often. Put a few self-affirming messages ("I'm strong and resilient!") on your bathroom mirror. Having positive self-esteem can help you manage negative thoughts about your body.
  • Exercise regularly. You'll tone your body and boost your self-esteem.
  • Focus on your health instead of only your appearance. If you'd like a healthier body shape or weight, set small, realistic goals and work to meet them.
  • Surround yourself with friends who are positive and supportive. Encourage one another to focus on healthy habits instead of appearance.

Choosing to view your body in a positive light — no matter how flawed you're used to seeing yourself — is important to your weight-loss success. To feel good about what you're accomplishing by improving your health, it helps to feel good about your body.

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