Fighting bad body image days can be incredibly daunting, especially during the Summer. We want to empower you with the tools to do so in an effective and fun way, so you can have the best Summer possible.

 

1: Wear comfortable clothes

Tight clothes can often make bad body image days worse, so choose outfits that are comfortable and, most importantly, make you feel good. If possible, get rid of clothes that are uncomfortable or bring up negative feelings. It can be helpful to build a few basic, comfortable outfits that you can easily repeat, so you always have at least one option that you can quickly grab. 

 

2: Get off social media

If there is one thing that we are going to recommend (in pretty much any blog post, ever), it’s going to be to spend less time scrolling. Social media is bad for your mental health period – with or without body image triggers. Naturally, scrolling can heighten negative feelings of any nature. So, limit your screen time and instead… (check out our next tip).

 

3: Choose a hands-on activity 

Using your hands to do, build, or create something has been scientifically proven to positively impact mental health and increase resilience. Think back to your childhood – what did you love doing, before you were expected to be productive all the time? Did you enjoy coloring, creative writing, making puzzles? Alternatively, you can try something you haven’t tried before!

 

4: Engage in breathing exercises

Intentionally take time to recenter and find your breath – you will balance your nervous system and decrease your stress levels. Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique; breathe in for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and breathe out for eight seconds. Do this a few times to distract yourself from negative thoughts and slow your day down. 

 

We know that these tips are not going to fix years of ingrained unrealistic body expectations. However, they can give you a more positive experience during a tough moment. Please know we are always here to discuss complex issues surrounding body image.

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Hannah Fliess

Recent graduate of Florida State University. Hannah plans to pursue a Master of Science in Health Administration. Hannah is incredibly passionate about intuitive eating through gentle nutrition. She loves distance running, matcha lattes, and dark chocolate!

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