There can be many factors as to why someone struggles with self-esteem, and it’s important to remember that how you interact with yourself matters.
“The first step in changing negative body image is to be aware of when, why, and how you’re speaking to yourself,” says Farrah Hauke, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. “What we tell ourselves about a situation—in this case negative self-talk about our appearance—has a powerful effect on our emotions and behaviors.”
A helpful tip is to think of yourself as your own best friend.
Once you find yourself triggered, try stepping outside of whatever you’re feeling in the heat of the moment and ask yourself, “Would I speak to a loved one the same way I’m speaking to myself?” says Dr. Hauke. Hell-to-the-no you wouldn’t. Extend yourself the same love and kindness.
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