30 Days To A Healthier, More “Fitter” You Series! (Ways To Improve Body Image)

positive traitsYesterday we discovered that negative self-talk is the main source of negative emotions and poor body image.

Body image involves our perception, imagination, emotions, and physical sensations of and about our bodies.

It’s not static-but ever changing; sensitive to changes in mood, environment, and physical experience.

Body image is not based on fact.

It is psychological in nature, and much more influenced by self-esteem than by actual physical attractiveness as judged by others.

It is not inborn, but learned.

We all may have our days when we feel awkward or uncomfortable in our bodies, but the key to developing positive body image is to recognize and respect our NATURAL shape and learn to overpower those negative thoughts and feelings with positive, affirming, and accepting ones.

Here Are Some Helpful Ways To Improve Your Body Image:

  • Focus on all your positive attributes!
  • Listen to your body.
  • Eat when you are hungry.
  • Be realistic about the size you are. It’s likely to be based on your genetic and environmental history.
  • Exercise in an enjoyable way, regardless of size.
  • Expect normal weekly and monthly fluctuations in weight and shape.
  • Work towards self-love and self-forgiveness by being gentle with yourself.
  • Ask for support and encouragement from friends and family when life is stressful.
  • Decide how you wish to spend your energy – pursuing the “perfect body image” or enjoying family, friends, and most importantly, LIFE!

Instead of nit-picking your body, try focusing on all your positive attributes.  Are you loving, kind, and considerate?

Are you a wonderful parent and/or spouse?  We all have talents and attributes that make us wonderful human beings and we can all demonstrate this in any body size, shape or form!

When you make a loving difference in the world – that’s what counts!

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Healthy Blessings,

Gena Livings


  1. Great info! I have read a bit about Masaru Emoto’s Water crystal studies that prove just what you are saying on a different level – Have you read his work?
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    • Hello CoachDonna,
      Yes, indeed I have studied Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work of experiments observing the “physical” effect of words, prayers, music and environment have on the crystalline structure of water.
      His work makes total sense to me since we are mostly comprised of water ourselves.

      Positive and negative thinking/words have a major impact on our surrounding environment as shown in his experiments with the formation of water crystal formations.

      Thank you for bringing this forward today as I love your observation of this!! 😉
      Healthy blessings,

  2. Hi Gena,

    I have found that if you are unhappy with how you look, something that has worked for me is to be taking action to change it even if my look does not change I feel good by at least doing the right things. You are right that most of it is psychological.
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    • Hello Jason,
      I absolutely agree with you that if you are not happy with the way you look it is so very important to take “action” to change it. This is why exercise is so helpful in creating a foundation for well being both mentally and physically. Thinking the right (positive) thoughts about ourselves and then taking the right “action” to create a better feeling thought about ourselves helps to create a better body image and perception.

      Thank you so much for your comment today!!
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  3. Great post! We can all find something we like about ourselves and when we focus on that instead of the perceived ‘failings’, they fade away of their own accord, well at least that’s what I found. Self forgiveness and cutting ourselves a bit of slack go a long way to a much more positive self image. Thanks for sharing these tips how to go about that.

    • YES! “Beautifully” stated Andrea!
      Thank you so much for commenting and sharing.

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  4. I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I am very happy with how I look and what I’m capable of doing. I’m healthy, I’m strong, and I can throw a 250lb man to the ground 😉
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  5. Your tips on ways to improve body image are so important.

    Negative self-talk is detrimental. The more we focus on our positive attributes, the better we will feel about ourselves inside and out. Taking action gets us out of that psychological funk.

    Thanks for another great article.
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