Create a Positive Environment
Friday, November 30, 2012
Family, friends, coworkers, and others who you interact with can affect how you feel about yourself. This includes how you feel about your body. So, one of the keys to creating a more positive body image is to create a more positive environment for yourself by focusing on:
Surrounding yourself with positive relationships.
Part of creating a positive environment is surrounding yourself with people who support you, especially when you’re struggling with your body image, staying smokefree, or other parts of your life. This also means spending less time with the people who make you feel bad about yourself. Who do you call on for support?
Finding what you enjoy.
Whether it’s a new dance workout, volunteering with a local charity, or starting a book club with a small group of close friends, having activities in your life that are fun and that you value is another way to create a positive environment for yourself. When you’re enjoying life, you will have less time to focus on negative thoughts about how you look.
Helping others to find their strength and beauty.
How can you help your daughter, your niece, your girlfriends, and other women to appreciate their bodies? Whether it’s shifting your focus to feeling better —and not just looking better— or thinking about the amazing things our bodies do, creating a positive environment for others can be another way to create a positive environment for yourself.