Body Image, Social Media, and Recovery

The media can have a negative impact on body image and self-confidence. Here are some ways to support yourself.

The media in general, and social media, in particular, is overflowing with images of what society tells us we should look, act, and feel like. When we spend time scrolling through Instagram or Facebook or even looking at some of our favorite magazines or website, we’re getting bombarded by subliminal messaging whether we know it or not. When we constantly see images of ultra-thin and athletic men and women, we begin to internalize those values as our own. This can lead to a lack of self-confidence and body image issues. In recovery, it’s important that we consume media that’s helping our mental health, rather than hindering it. We need all the support we can get. If you find that you’re not feeling good about yourself or your body after spending time on social media, it might be time to cut back on social media and/or change some of the accounts that you’re following. Body image issues can quickly overtake us, causing negative feelings and the urge to go on extreme diets. Self-acceptance is a huge component of a healthy recovery. Even though we’re developing healthy habits and changing our outlook, we need to love and accept ourselves, above all. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to improve body image issues. Additionally, therapy can help us to deal with the underlying causes of body image issues, resulting in improved self-awareness and less susceptibility to media influences. Mindfulness exercises such as meditation can help us to more fully accept ourselves, stay present in the moment, and get more in touch with our true feelings. Lastly, it can help to locate the people, places, and things that trigger our body image issues. Following body positive accounts on social media, reading about body image issues, and talking about our feeling in a support group are all ways to feel better about our bodies and ourselves.

Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life.

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