How to Maintain a Positive Self-Image in Today’s Society


This title might seem like a daunting task to many people out there, simply because we are constantly flooded with images of “success” and “beauty.” And while these impossible standards and lifestyles are not what they seem, they still have an impact on our self-image, whether we admit it or not. Many of us make goals based on these standards, and live an unbalanced life trying to achieve “perfection.” But holistic wellness involves a respect for one’s body and mind, and an understanding that health is not a destination but a way of living. Here are some tips on how you can maintain a positive mental outlook amidst the negative information you witness every day.

Embrace the Moment

One of the biggest mistakes we make in life is not enjoying the present. It is easy to focus on “what could be” or on what the future holds, and on where you want to go from here. But in doing so, we miss out on so much of what the “now” has to offer. Gratitude comes in to play here as well. Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal, or just acknowledging 5 things you are thankful for every day, can significantly improve your positively and help you embrace your current situation. So give it a try! It is freeing to be in the moment and make the most of it.

Separate Progress from Perfection

Perfection is impossible. And in fact, it would be quite boring! Our quirks and oddities are what make us interesting and human, so embracing them and sharing them with others helps you build relationships and self-respect. It is not a bad thing to want to progress in life and achieve goals. Actually it is a great thing! But when you confuse the pursuit of progress with the pursuit of perfection, you can easily become burdened and mentally knocked down. To nip this issue in the bud, try to set goals that are realistic and attainable; goals that won’t cause you to go to unhealthy measures to achieve them. Self-improvement is a noble task. Wellness means you undertake it with balance.

Be Social

Being social is one of the healthiest things you can do for both your body and mind. What is happening nowadays, though, is that people are constantly engaging with one other via the web (email, social media) and forgo the chance to have face-to-face interactions. This technological form of “hanging out” is great if you have friends or family who live far away. But what about your coworkers, your neighbors, or your brother who lives across town? Investing in these relationships helps you understand yourself more, and it helps you build community – something humans are built for.


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Story Credit: Do Your Selfie a Favor: 5 Tips to Manage Body Image Concerns in the Age of Social Media by Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Photo Credit: Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Andres Rodriguez

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