Are you struggling with your body image? Does your appearance cause you to feel anxious? Schedule an appointment online now!
Unfortunately, this is all too common among girls, women and femmes. It is hard to escape the constant bombardment of images of thin, tall and conventionally beautiful women. For the average person, it is impossible to achieve this standard of beauty. The backlash that is received when we do not conform to this standard of beauty is both internal and external. Most of us want to feel beautiful, confident and proud when we leave the house or with our significant others but are faced instead with anxiety and self doubt as a result of our appearance.
There are very few who can claim that their body image has not affected their eating. Eating often becomes disordered from a young age as a result of outside pressure and role models who are constantly trying to lose weight or “be healthy”. The rollercoaster of dieting, restriction, bingeing and sometimes purging and overexercising ravishes our bodies and souls. Where food was once an enjoyable comfort, it has become the enemy, something to beat. The message today about being thin is veiled in pursuits of health at all costs. We spend billions of dollars a year buying products and buying into the idea that something is wrong with our body’s ability to feed and care for itself.
Everyday in my practice I help women just like you learn to love themselves, just as they are today and let go of body anxiety. I help facilitate and nurture a return to your body’s natural hunger and fullness cues to guide your eating. I help you end the shame and diet cycle once and for all.
I offer the following for people interested in working on improving their body image and anxiety:
Learn to identify where you learned negative messages about your body and why they are so hard to ignore
Bring awareness to the triggers that affect you currently and keep your anxiety active
Become educated about new, gentler ways to approach health and your relationship with food and exercise
Develop new ways to communicate with others that will promote your self esteem and self confidence