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Our mental image

Our mental image

Our self-image help determine how we react to the daily ups and downs of life. If we think of ourselves as valued, other people will also notice that quality.

Think about how you would describe yourself to a stranger. Would you point to your keen sense of humour or good physical features? Or would you refer to your supposed "trouble areas?" Your answer mostly depends on your mental image of yourself.

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A healthy state of mind leads to a positive self-image. It encourages balanced relationships and sound decision-making skills.

  • A healthy mind should be nurtured along with a healthy body as they affect each other. Keeping our bodies healthy through proper diet and exercise will improve how we feel physically and increase our quality of life.
  • Other ways that create our self-image is our personal experiences, relationships, choices and attitudes.

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People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) see something very wrong every time they look in the mirror. It could be any perceived flaw, such as a large nose or hips. They may obsess over their imperfections and may suffer from depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and other psychological problems.

Although only a small portion of the population is affected by BDD, many people are dissatisfied with their bodies.

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  • Be honest with yourself. Everyone has hang-ups and baggage.
  • Speak to a counsellor, psychologist or good friend to better understand how you view yourself.
  • Learn to acknowledge and appreciate your assets and evaluate your weaknesses.
  • Take proper physical care. Get adequate sleep and exercise to help balance the chemicals and hormones in your body.

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We receive messages from media, friends, and family that shape our body image. Adolescents and teens are the most susceptible to a negative body image. Women are more likely to have a negative body image. Men in Western countries feel they must become more muscular to attract females.

On the other hand, women with a healthy body image and self-image report more confidence, heightened optimism, self-esteem and strong relationships.

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  • One-third of Americans are incredibly stressed out. Research showed finances and work were the top stressors, leading to increased health problems, bad relationships and reduced productivity. Forty-one per cent of stressed people notice a negative impact on their self-image. A positive self-image can help people manage work-related stress loads.
  • Relationships throughout life affect how we see ourselves and measure our self-worth. Messages we receive from parents and caregivers can reinforce a positive image of self or tear us down.

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The handbook for mental health professionals, the DSM-IV, defines sleepwalking by the following criteria:

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The body positivity movement

Body positivity is the idea that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of shape, size, and appearance.

The major goals of the body positivity movement include:

  • Challenging how society views the body.
  • Promoting the acceptance of all body shapes, sizes, and appearance.
  • Helping people to build confidence acceptance of their own bodies.
  • Addressing unrealistic body standards.

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Developing a good body image

When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you like how you look or do you immediately notice flaws?

If you do not feel positive about your appearance, you are not alone. 55 Percent of women and 42 percent of men report feeling unhappy with some part of their appearance. Dissatisfaction with appearance can negatively affect mental health. But, adopting a healthy body image can be good for both mental and physical health.

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