“You are ugly. Your thighs are fat. Your butt is too big. You look fat in those jeans. I have gained way too much weight, I look horrible. Everybody around me is prettier than I am. I will never achieve something because I am too fat. I wish I looked like him/her, then my life would be so much better. If only I had a different body… .”
Unfortunately, way too many men and women can. Way too many people bring themselves down by saying horrible things to themselves.
So, what can we do to stop this negative self-talk?
- Become aware of your fat talk.
Take a notebook and write down how often you talk negatively about yourself.
- Encourage new thoughts.
Think of positive things about yourself, things you like in your surroundings, interesting books you have read lately and anything else that is not not related to your body.
- Think about the impact fat talk has on your feelings.
- Consciously correct yourself if you engage in fat talk.
- What’s behind your fat talk? What are your true issues when you say hateful things about yourself?
- What triggers you?
Negative comments of friends? Magazines?
- Start giving compliments to others.
- Check out what celebrities really look like.
- Make it a positive game. For every negative comment, you have to find 3 positive things about yourself.
- Just stop it!
- Talk to your friends about fat talk.
- Be a better role model.
- Boost your body image.
- Think about women you admire — and why.
- Don’t compare your body to others.
- Appreciate your body for what it can do instead of what it looks like.
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