Maintaining a healthy body image

Appearance plays an important part in our self-worth. How you see yourself, and who you think you are, develop from a very young age, and is particularly sensitive in adolescence when you begin to build an identity. We base a large proportion of our self-worth on our appearance. If we are dissatisfied with how we look this can have a powerful impact on our self-esteem and self-confidence.

Symptoms of low body image can include: having a distorted view of what you actually look like; changes in eating patterns; being highly critical of yourself or your actions/abilities; having high self-doubt or only seeing yourself to blame if things go wrong; ignoring positive qualities or finding it hard to accept compliments; predicting that things will not turn out well; feeling depressed, anxious, guilty, ashamed or frustrated.

These thoughts and feelings may then make life more difficult. For example, a person may become consumed with their appearance and look for evidence that confirms their negative beliefs; avoid places or situations that remind them of their appearance; try to change their appearance or self-harm through harsh dieting and exercise regimes; place unrealistic expectations on themselves, which leaves them vulnerable to failure which in turn reinforces feelings of low self-worth.

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Crisis Care

If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s immediate safety, then call 999 for emergency services. If you feel that you need urgent help to be able to keep yourself or others safe it is important to contact your GP. Outside of GP hours, the following crisis support is available: Crisis Helpline In times of crisis or distress please call: 0300 456 83 42 5.00pm – 9.00am Monday to Friday, with 24 hours cover at weekends including Bank Holidays. Samaritans (24 hours daily) 08457 90 90 90 (national number) or 01737 248444 (East Surrey Samaritans), email: More on crisis/emergency resources here