Sorry I’ve been AWOL this week- I was busy making my way down to Florida, and now that I’m here, I’ve finally found inspiration for a new blog post.
I think it’s safe to say that triggers for poor body image get ramped up this time of year. It’s spring break, “bikini season,” and everyone wants to get in shape and “lose that extra weight” to look great on the beach.
That mentality can totally destroy what’s supposed to be a fun time of year. Instead of actually enjoying yourself, you’re focused on your appearance. It’s actually very sad, and unfortunately, as spring becomes summer, those thoughts might begin snowballing.
Today, I want to talk a little more about how to avoid those triggering thoughts as the temperatures rise. It can be stressful worrying about outfits that will look good on you when you have to reveal more skin. If you find shopping stressful, I recommend shopping with a friend or family member who can select sizes and fits for you that suit your body type so that you don’t have to do it yourself. I also advise staying away from any magazine that says “bikini body” on the cover and sticking to the diet of “listening to your body.”
It might help to find a hobby that you enjoy, maybe even something more active. Taking a fun class, like dance or an intramural sport, can give you the opportunity to exercise without developing any obsessive behaviors.
And finally, it’s important to surround yourself with understanding people who will help you build your confidence. Once you finally strike a balance and love the person you see in the mirror, there’s suddenly so much more to life.
And that’s the end of my first Recovery Road!
Thanks for reading, and I hope this was helpful. 🙂