Being positive about your body is something that we all struggle with, no matter our age or what we look like. No matter how others see you, you likely see yourself differently and more critically. Your perception of your body’s size, shape, and weight, may be totally inaccurate. Having a positive body image is something that we all aspire to. But how? By accepting who you are and where you at at in life, to begin. See yourself, right here and now, as you are in the present. The first step on the road to self-love is to accept yourself, even though you may be overweight. You believe in yourself and love yourself while still striving for something better. When you have a positive body image, food, weight, calories, exercise, etc are not the focus of your life or thoughts. Instead- You are proud of who you are and feel more secure in the body you own….for now.

In this day and age, eating disorders are very common, and people who have these problems find it difficult to be positive about their body. Instead, they store distorted images of themselves. For the lucky ones, it is only after lots of therapy that they can start to erode this false-hoods, and to begin the slow journey back to liking who they are.

Create a positive body image for yourself in the following 7 ways:

1. Make a list of those special people in your life & those that you admire. Write down specifically why you admire each individual on a piece of paper. Then, add in the characteristics you like. Review your list once finished, and take note of what you just wrote.

For example, let’s say that you have a high regard for Barack Obama. Your list might include his generosity towards people, his willingness to support minority rights, and his strong character that went for success no matter what background he came from. You do not admire Obama because of his looks; you admire him for the difference that he made in the world, for his contribution to society. The way he helped and changed so many lives.

2. Recall a time in your life where you felt great about you.

Travel back in your life to a time when you were happy with your body. Perhaps this was when you were younger, in high school or uni? Whatever that time- just close your eyes and remember how you felt. Let these good feelings radiate from within.

3. Write down specifically what you like about yourself- right now.

On your piece of paper, write down everything you like about yourself: your smile, your hair, etc. Focus on the likes you have of yourself (instead of on the things you dislike). From this moment on, start appreciating what you do like about yourself. This will make you feel much, much better, all in all.

4. Take stock of the way you walk.

Are you looking at the ground? Slumped shoulders? Easy fix: just straighten up! Walk tall and proud and make eye contact with people. Hold your head high. Walk with your shoulders held back and your neck straight.

5. Do more exercise (or simply, get started!).

Try to be active and move around, as much as you can in your daily routine (and that your health permits). It doesn’t not need to be of high intensity – just opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator is of benefit. If you haven’t exercised for some time, start off again slowly. Try walking outside on a nice cool afternoon. Keep this going, and change up what you do so you don’t get bored. Exercise helps you to feel good about yourself, even if it is for 10 minutes. Start slow and work your way on to greatness.

6. Spend time with positive people.

Review your closest family and friends in your life. Are they positive or negative people? Odds are- if they’re negative that this attitude will transfer to you, and affect your attitude. Try to limit your time with any negativity because this will only make you feel bad about yourself.

7. Gain support & accelerate your progress with help from Health Coach Ben

There’s a famous quote that says: No matter how good you are, a coach makes you better. Think of sport. This is a great example. Do you want to be your best self and regain confidence and the best body of your life? Learn more about Health Coach Ben and his weight loss journey here