By Kristen Sohlman, HBA, RP
Photo by DZ Photography
After participating in a recent staff photoshoot, I began to think more about positive body image. What I noticed was that a group of strong, capable, and resilient woman started to question themselves. More specifically, they and myself included, started questioning their physical selves, their bodies, and in doing so, themselves. It is likely that while these negative self-judgments were being said out loud because it was a photoshoot, that these feelings were likely present long before the photoshoot itself but perhaps were silently said in the minds of myself and my co-workers. It is a very common issue for people to have negative images, thoughts, and feelings about themselves and their physical self. How does one begin to accept who they are and feel good about their body at the same time?
Summer is finally here and you have a heightened sense of awareness of the people around you: laughing and soaking up the sun. But not you. You notice how most people appear comfortable in their skin; wearing tank tops and short-shorts while even roaming around the mall. All you can think about is how uncomfortable you feel and how you don’t seem to be as tanned, thin, or toned as most of the people that pass you by.
All you want to do is conceal yourself by wearing baggy sweat clothes. The summer season can feel as though a drill sergeant is following you around, yelling and holding a microscope to every tiny flaw, whether you are female or male.
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