Top 5 things you can do now to promote positive body image

"The Top 5 Things You Can Do Now to Promote Positive Body Image"

  1. Choose one friend or family member and discuss one thing you like about yourselves.
  2. Keep a journal of all the good things your body allows you to do (e.g., sleep well and wake up rested, play tennis, etc.).
  3. Pick one friend to make a pact with to avoid negative body talk. When you catch your friend talking negatively about their body, remind them of the pact.
  4. Make a pledge to end complaints about your body, such as "I’m so flat-chested" or "I hate my legs." When you catch yourself doing this, make a correction by saying something positive about that body part, such as, "I’m so glad my legs got me through soccer practice today".
  5. The next time someone gives you a compliment, rather than objecting (e.g., "No, I’m so fat"), practice taking a deep breath and saying, "thank you."

This list was prepared by Dr. Carolyn Becker, lead author of the Tri Delta Reflections program.

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