I’ve written before about the malicious effects of social media on women and girls.
We are exposed to hundreds of images related to body image every week. This is not just a case of feeling bad in our own skin, but a case of focusing so much on our skin in the first place.
Outer appearance has confiscated far too much of our time and energy as women. Time that could be spent on our dreams and goals unrelated to physical appearance.
Even though the body-positive movement is a wonderful and admirable thing, I truly believe that the best way to combat negative body image is to eliminate the need to focus on it so much in the first place.
One of the most effective ways we can do this is to see a rise in representation of strong, intelligent, compassionate, caring, empathetic and giving women in the media. Women of all colours, shapes, sizes and abilities.
Only when we shift the dialogue from outer appearance to positive inner characteristics will we be able to let go of the hold the media has on shaping how we feel about ourselves.
The Power of Representation
I recently wrote a guest post for Psych Daily that speaks to the importance of proper representation of women in the media.
If you struggle with this or have daughters, please read it. This is a message that needs to be shared!
If you’d like to learn more about the negative consequences of social media and the constant barrage of body image expectations women face, read this post:
To learn about the types self-care, how to set goals and focus on things other than body image, read this comprehensive post:
To learn how to take care of your physical health by setting goals and learning a more rounded approach to healthy, active living, read this bible on adopting a new fitness routine: