Ever had one of those days where you wake up, look in the mirror, and get a sinking feeling because you don't like what you see? You try to ignore it at first, but before you know it, it's affecting your whole day. You get dressed, hoping a cute outfit will boost your confidence. But no matter what you put on, you just don't feel great in your skin. You spend the day feeling like people are staring at you, and at the end of the day you feeling defeated and ready to crawl under the covers with one too many unhealthy snacks.
Those days are no fun. Not only do they have a negative affect on your mental health, but they lead to unhealthy behaviors around food like emotional eating or restricting. I get it, because I’ve been there. For years I struggled with a warped body image. I would base my self-worth on whether or not I'd gone to the gym that day, or how much I'd eaten. Eventually all the stress led me to binge eating, which only made my body image much worse.
Now that I’m on the other side of it all, I’ve learned a lot about myself in my journey to body love and food freedom. These days I give myself unconditional permission to eat whatever I want, and I have more self-compassion than I ever felt possible.
But every now and then, I’ll still find myself feeling just a tad bad about myself. When this happens, I call to mind four key things—and they help tremendously. Here's what you should keep in mind the next time you're having a bad body image day.