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Do You Suffer from Body Dysmorphia?

Do You Suffer from Body Dysmorphia?

How do you feel when looking in the mirror? What do you say to yourself when you get a glimpse of your body? Let’s take a look at steps you can take to start healing from body dysmorphia.

According to an article at nationaleatingdisorders.org, “Are You Spend Endless Hours Looking at your Body?

body image disorder“When you’re struggling with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia, you and your body literally live on two different planets, you’re so far apart, so disconnected, so estranged.

You probably believe your body is ugly, repulsive, basically just a thing that’s connected to your head. A thing you don’t like or want and would give away in a heartbeat.

I’ve been there. I know exactly how it feels.

During my time with anorexia, I spent an uncountable amount of hours staring at myself in the mirror, looking for perceived imperfections or checking if one could see any changes from one day to another. I stepped on the scale so often that I will never have the urge to repeat this task again (and years into being recovered, I still haven’t weighed myself).

However, despite focusing so much energy and time on these things, I never paid much attention to my body itself. That might sound contradictory, but it is true. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see my body for what it was, all I saw was whether I had controlled myself enough or whether I had failed. It wasn’t about my body, it was all about my mind.  So, in order to please my mind, I abused my body in ways that are beyond comprehension.

Yet, as I started to heal my mind, I started to heal my body as well. And today I can look in the mirror, appreciate what I see and even feel love for the body that is uniquely mine.  I now understand that my body is a part of me. It is my temple. No other person in this world has my exact shape. It was, is and will forever be only mine. I am unique and I am built exactly the way that I am supposed to be.

I have truly found my way back to my body and myself and these are some of the tools I used in order to heal and feel complete again.

  1. Realize your body is on your side 
    The first step towards reconnecting with your body is to understand that your body is your friend, your ally, your partner in life. You might snort at this thought, but it is true. Your body is working overtime every day for you. It’s doing its best to keep you healthy, happy and alive. Your body doesn’t want to hurt you, even if it feels like it. Your body, truly, is on your side.
  2. Practice loving-kindness 
    One of my favorite ways to connect with my body is to practice loving-kindness. Loving-kindness meditation refers to sitting down on your mediation cushion (or a chair or whatever feels comfortable to you) and repeating phrases like “May my body be healthy”, “May we be friends”, “May we be a great team”, etc. By saying these loving words over and over again, you’re paving the road for a better relationship and a deeper connection with your body.
  3. Become aware of your body 
    What’s your first thought when you get up in the morning? Is it something hateful about your body or yourself? How about you change that and make it a habit to become aware of your body every morning before you swing out of bed?   Tomorrow morning after you’ve opened your eyes, take a few moments to breathe, to feel the body connect with the surface that you’re lying on, to feel the temperature, the softness and anything else you notice. Try to refrain from judging your body and simply allow yourself to feel it, nourish it, and be with it for a few moments.” To read the entire article click here.

ABC Nutrition Services specialize in eating disorders, such as binge eating, overeating, and much more. To schedule an appointment contact ABC Nutrition Services at 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com.

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