​10 Ways to Develop a Positive Body Image

The Eating Disorder Center of Denver would like to introduce you to healthier and happier ways of looking at yourself and your body. Here are 10 steps to help you feel at peace with your body.

1. Appreciate all that your body can do. Your body is a gift. Celebrate all of the incredible things your body does for you. Have gratitude that your body allows you to breathe, laugh, dream, and much more.

2. Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself that are not related to what you look like or how much you weigh. Read your list everyday, and add to it as you realize more and more qualities you love about yourself.

3. Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin deep.When you love yourself for your unique and beautiful qualities, you carry yourself with a sense of openness, self-acceptance, and confidence that makes you feel beautiful. Regardless of how you are dressed, your beauty will come from within.

4. Look at yourself as a whole person. When you see yourself in your mind or in a mirror, choose not to focus on specific body parts. You are so much more than an arm or a leg. See yourself as a complete human being.

5. Surround yourself with positive people. Feeling good about yourself and your body becomes effortless when you are around others who are supportive and who understand the importance of loving and accepting yourself just as you naturally are.

6. Eliminate any voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person. You will overpower those negative thoughts with positive ones. The next time you begin to tear yourself down, build yourself back up with a few, quick affirmations such as: “I accept my body as it is,” “I am beautiful just as I am,” or “I am grateful for all the parts of my body that function correctly.”

7. Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body. Every single human being’s body is different. That is why your body makes you special. Work with your body.

8. Become a critical viewer of social and media messages. Pay attention to slogans, images, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Remind yourself that these images are not real. Protest these messages: talk back to the image or message.

9. Do something kind for yourself—you deserve it. Take a bubble bath, relax in the park, make time for a peaceful nap, do what makes you happy.

10. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others. Find your element by helping others in a subject you feel passionate about. Reaching out will help you feel better about yourself and can make a positive impact in our world.

If you or a loved one think you may have an eating disorder do not suffer with this difficult problem alone. Contact the Eating Disorder Center of Denver to find out how you can receive help and treatment. We have outstanding anorexia treatment centers to help you through your recovery. For more information or to schedule an assessment call us at 866-771-0861.