‘Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are’ Marilyn Monroe

Screaming billboards and billion-dollar companies insist that you are beautiful only if you conform to their cookie-cutter standards and stereotypes. Of course, this helps them make more money off hapless customers by selling more slimming pills and gym equipment. They hit you where it hurts the most – your self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the opinion that you have of yourself. Our self-esteem begins to form during childhood. Supportive, loving parents often nurture children with a healthy sense of self-esteem.

The truth is, most of us are involved in an abusive relationship with our body. Every binge and every social lunch is followed by hours of regret and guilt. Our entire perception is formulated based on the current obsession with size zero models. Let’s face it; such unhealthy trends and media obsessions are here to stay. But there is no reason for us to fall prey. We should be committed to our own health and wellbeing.

Counselling helps you Love yourself for who you are

Women who crave to meet social expectations of the ‘right’ body image suffer from low self-esteem and usually tend to suffer from eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia. The desperate pursuit of thinness often results in unhealthy weight loss choices such as starvation or consuming harmful pills to stave off hunger.The very first step towards health and wellbeing is to love your body. The process often involves releasing tenacious patterns of inward self-criticism. Once internal guilt is released, you can make the right choices for yourself – and stick to them.

Oftentimes, this is easier said than done. There are several complex layers to unwrap before one can get at the real cause of low self-esteem. Causes could range from disapproving or demanding parents to bullying incidents. Professional counselling and hypnotherapy are effective healing tools that help you understand the reasons behind inner motivations. Wanting to lose weight is an excellent decision for your fitness and health. Obesity can lead to a host of health-related issues. But in order to do it the right way, you have to first reshape your expectations regarding your body image. Loving yourself and enjoying a healthy self-esteem will go a long way in helping you lose weight without compromising on your overall wellbeing.

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