This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the news is flooded with campaigns against body image stereotypes, focussing on the statement #BeBodyKind. How do you feel about your body image?
Unfortunately we are in a time of what feels like constant pressure to look good to “fit in”. The truth is, we are never going to be good enough for the demands of society and what I have to tell myself daily is; why would I want to be a size 6 just to impress other people? What are they going to gain?
Personally, I think celebrities such as Kim Kardashian are in some respect, creating a positive message towards body image. Ok, I admit I don’t think the degree of surgery she has undergone to become that way is necessary, but I do think the fact she is promoting a curvy figure and that “skinny” is not necessarily the goal is surely something to recognise?
The Mental Health Foundation have released a report this week relating body image and mental health. They stated that in March 2019, 1 in 5 UK adults have felt ashamed of their own body, with 35% feeling depressed because of this issue. Devastatingly, 1 in 8 adults have experienced suicidal thoughts as a result of being unhappy with their body.
It is obvious that having a sense of body satisfaction, what is often referred to as being “comfortable in your own skin”, is linked to a better lifestyle/wellbeing. However, the statistics above clearly show something needs to be done because everyone deserves to accept their own bodies and be comfortable in them. I believe social media is a huge platform to speak out about this issue, whether that be sharing your imperfections, so your instagram is not full of only the highlights in your life or not only following skinny influencers to only start comparing yourself.
What’s the first thing you do on a morning? Instagram? Is it full of models whom are living your “dream” life? I am not saying there is anything wrong with this because I too follow some of these people and also struggle with accepting me for who I am, but it is so important to put your mental health before anything else and treat your body the way it deserves. Going to the gym first thing or getting some fresh air could really set you up for the day!
This affects men and women and if you are struggling with an eating disorder or mental health issue I am definitely not a professional, just someone who wants to encourage people to be more aware of mental health and to speak out. Just remember the above is only my opinion!
There are a list of chairities on the “charity” link” and also a recent campaign, “Be Real” which I would highly recommend if you have an eating disorder and are searching for help. This campaign is determined to change the attitude towards body image and to put “health above appearance”, the link of which is below.