Do you often spend too much time looking at yourself in the mirror, comparing your body to others, or measuring your body parts? If you do, you’re not alone. This is body checking. Although it may seem like a harmless act, below, you will learn why body checking doesn’t serve you, and, most importantly, how to stop doing it. Say goodbye to body checking, and ironically, you will instantly start feeling better about your body.
Body checking means using different ways to see how big, heavy, or “good” your body looks. At first, it may seem harmless, but it can quickly become an obsession that is difficult to break. Here are some examples of body checking:
The harm caused by body checking extends beyond superficial concerns about physical appearance. It can lead to anxiety, self-esteem issues, and an unhealthy fixation on body image. Fortunately, you can break free from this destructive habit with determination and effort.
Breaking this habit might take some time, but it’s possible with commitment. Understand that body checking is often a way to cope with fear and anxiety. To change this, you need to convince yourself that you can feel safe and happy without doing it. Here are three steps to help you stop this habit:
The first step is to notice when you’re checking your body. It may take a while to realize because it often happens automatically. Being aware of this behavior is important because you can’t change something you don’t know you’re doing.
Understand that body checking comes from a deeper need, like comfort, security, managing anxiety, or even punishing yourself. Identify what you’re looking for when you do it, and then focus on healthier ways to fulfill those needs.
When you catch yourself body checking, immediately stop. Tell yourself to STOP, either in your mind or out loud. Continuing to do it only makes the habit stronger. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect; the goal is to interrupt it repeatedly to show yourself that you can be okay without it
Breaking free from the body checking cycle is like embarking on a quest for self-acceptance and body positivity. It might require a dash of patience, but with your superhero-like awareness, a fun shift in focus, and a trusty interruption tool, you can wave goodbye to this pesky habit. Embrace the journey towards a more cheerful and body-loving you. It’s time to bid adieu to body checking and welcome a happier, more confident, and totally awesome version of yourself!
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