Aristotle once said “honour and wealth does not actually make any good to our lives but those things that maximize our faculties as a human being”. Body image is all about how we view ourselves and how we think others see us. And for the fact that no two people in the world are the same makes us all unique. However, pressures from social media, working place, our sorority, friends or even school environments can lead us to compare ourselves to others.
TIPS TO CONSIDER
- Comparisons are never fair as it doesn’t make sense to compare what we think are the worst aspects of ourselves to the best parts of others.
- There are better ways to spend your time as we each get 86,400 seconds each day, these precious moments are best spent on positive things rather on destructive comparison.
- You are unique, meaning that your talents and successes are exclusive to you and shouldn’t be compared to anyone else.
- Comparisons can be never-ending as it’s easy to get stuck in an ongoing cycle of comparing yourself to others, but accepting both your strengths and weaknesses can help with this.
- Limit time spent on social media. Although social media has its positives impact on us, not everything we see can be trusted. Reducing the amount of time you spend on these platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and others can prevent us from comparing ourselves to ideals that aren’t actually real. Those platforms are means of showcasing “fake lives”.
- Focus on what really matters. Activities in the real world are often more fulfilling and leave less time to think about insignificant things.
- Comparison usually puts focus on the wrong person. You can only control one life and that very life is yours. Don’t waste precious energy focusing on other people’s lives rather than your own.
- Remember your family and friendships. Having amazing friends and family can make us feel valued. Try to be as involved as you can when you spend time with them. Enjoy and always celebrate with them.
- Do more of what you enjoy. Doing things simply because you like them can help you realise your own personal worth rather than following another person’s lifestyle which has less or no value to you.
- Eat well, rest and exercise. Improving yourself, than comparing someone else’s, can help your sense of self-worth and confidence.
The bottom line is, try to spend your time in positive ways, not comparing yourself to others. After all, they too have their own challenges and shortcomings.