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Campaign For Real Beauty
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on May 23, 2011
Wow. I just watched a 1-minute film that completely blew me away. I had to watch it five times in a row. Please have a look here:
Please consider encouraging your friends to show it to any children in their lives. Ask your children to ask their friends to view it. Girls and boys.
The official website for the Campaign For Real Beauty has a plethora of great resources for improving one's self image.
Here are some simple exercises that can be found on their site:
Remind yourself of all the things you are besides a body. "I am ... caring, worthwhile, growing," etc.
Stop thinking that thinner thighs are the answer to all of life's problems. Deal with and set goals about the real issues in your life -- relationships, job.
Scales belong on a fish. Try to wean yourself off the scales. Too many people allow the scales to dictate how their life is going to be -- "tell me machine, how should I feel today?"
Make a list of things you are waiting to get thin (or pretty) to do (wearing a belt, eating a chocolate chip cookie, buying clothes, visiting an old friend or family).
Begin by doing two things per day that you would have done in the past only if you were thinner (or better looking). It may be the same things that you repeat each day for a while, then try riskier activities. Behave like a person who is comfortable with her (or his) body. Watch what happens to the way you walk, interact, and eat.
Give up judgments about your body. If you find yourself critical of fat thighs, counter the thought with "the sky is blue," a neutral thought to break emotional reaction to the negative one.
Make friends with your body. You've tried wishing or hating body parts away. Try a tender massage.
Get rid of all clothes that don't fit. Wearing tight clothing only emphasizes to yourself how "not right" your body is.
Spend five minutes daily looking at your body in a mirror -- don't judge. Notice curves, length of arms, etc. Compliment yourself.
Find ways to "nourish" yourself, reward yourself other than by eating.
Everywhere we look, we see overt and subtle messages that tell us to judge ourselves and others by the wrong thing.
Finally, here is a mainstream media campaign that is telling us to focus on the right thing.
P.S. To view the commercial that launched this campaign, click here:
P.P.S. If you have any additional thoughts on how children and adults can improve their self image and sense of self worth, please share in our comments section below. Thank you.
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