Your body image perception is related to your mental health – see how

Your body image perception is related to your mental health – see how

Since people are in direct contact with social media and the Internet almost on a daily basis, they tend to be influenced by what media delivers to them. In most cases, media promoted body image over anything else, and that leads to frustration. Women often try to obtain the look of the celebrities or models they see in fashion magazines, and that’s how mental health issues begin to appear into their lives. At first, it sounds like a problem that doesn’t deserve that much attention, until people realize that these unattainable expectations make their self-esteem inexistent. Their quality of life suddenly lowers and the effects become visible.

The infinite loop between mental health, body image and self-esteem

There are two main situations: when you have a positive image about yourself and your self-esteem versus when you have a poor image about these. The first situation leads to an overall good mental health and keeps you away from depressions and anxiety. The second one leads to an overall poor mental health condition that may lead to multiple issues. Here’s how the three factors influence each other:

·        CASE 1

When you are comfortable with the way you look, you respect your bodily needs and you are aware that you can’t change this detail in your life, your self-esteem will be instantly boosted. You’ll start feeling more confident, more capable and have realistic expectations from your body. This, of course, results in a great mental health. You’ll deal easier with difficult situations in your life, you can handle disappointments and rejection the right way, you accept the fact that you are not 100% perfect and that no one is and you understand that frustrations can affect your relationships.

·        CASE 2

When you don’t like the way you look, you constantly compare yourself to others, you consider that there’s something wrong with your body and you don’t nurture it as it deserves, your self-esteem goes down. You’ll feel like you’re not good enough, that other people will always outrun you and that you are not allowed to do some things because of your aspect. This leads to a poor mental health, meaning that you can develop depression or other diseases. Models often develop anorexia or bulimia because they can’t fulfill all the unrealistic expectations. They don’t care for their bodies the way they should and that reflects in their mental health as well.





Steve Volk