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Overcoming Negative Body Image in Recovery


Overcoming Negative Body Image in Recovery

In this video, I had a very informative conversation with Damon Frank about overcoming negative body image in recovery, an issue that affects so many people. We delved into several essential aspects of this subject, and it’s so important to recognize and address these body image challenges to encourage self-acceptance, a healthier self-image, and personal growth.

Summary of the Discussion

In the segment, I discuss negative body image and how it affects people in recovery. Negative body image can range from obsessing over our weight or height to disliking certain features about ourselves. It’s not just about self-esteem; society, culture, and generations also contribute to the way we perceive our bodies.

We talked about how negative body image can impact our lives and hinder our recovery. It can affect our choices, from avoiding certain clothing to not going to the gym or isolating ourselves from friends and loved ones. This self-centeredness can lead to relapse if not addressed.

The conversation shifted to ways we can change our body image, such as exercises to build positive self-talk and challenge societal norms. One powerful exercise is to stand in front of the mirror and describe yourself as if speaking to someone blind. This practice encourages us to see ourselves in a more accurate and positive light.

Lastly, we touched on the importance of living a healthy, balanced life in recovery and the guarantee that our body image can improve over time.

Key Takeaways

  1. Negative body image is not just about self-esteem. It encompasses societal, cultural, and generational factors that shape how we view our bodies.
  2. Addressing negative body image is vital in recovery. The self-centeredness it promotes can hinder our progress and even lead to relapse.
  3. There are ways to change our body image. Exercises like the mirror exercise can help build positive self-talk and challenge societal norms.
  4. Living a healthy, balanced life is essential. Overexercising or extreme dieting can be detrimental to our recovery.
  5. Body image can improve over time. With consistent effort and self-compassion, we can change the way we view ourselves.

My Advice as an Addiction Recovery Expert

  1. Practice self-compassion and kindness when thinking about your body.
  2. Surround yourself with positive influences and challenge societal norms.
  3. Focus on living a healthy, balanced life.
  4. Remember that recovery is a journey and that body image can improve over time.
  5. Seek support from professionals, support groups, or friends if needed.

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Q: Is it possible to change my body image?

A: Absolutely! With consistent effort, you can change the way you view yourself.

Q: How important is living a healthy, balanced life in recovery?

A: Living a healthy, balanced life is essential for your overall well-being and the success of your recovery.

Q: Can men struggle with negative body image too?

A: Yes, men can also struggle with negative body image, and it’s essential to address this issue regardless of gender.

Haven Jo Beck is a Certified Addiction Interventionist and Trauma-Informed Life and Happiness Coach with over 25 years of experience in the 12-step world, therapy, and numerous other approaches to recovery. She specializes in helping people struggling with disordered eating, obesity, food addiction, body image dysmorphia, and drug addiction. Haven's workshops and services are focused on food addiction and trauma, offering a compassionate and trauma-sensitive approach to healing childhood trauma while dealing with food, eating, drug, and body acceptance issues. Her tailor-made approach to coaching, supported by academic literature and personal experience, has helped thousands of people worldwide to create and maintain successful eating and recovery programs. Haven lives with her family near the beach, where she homeschools her children and enjoys an abstinent, healthy lifestyle.

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  1. Paula

    May 15, 2023 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for showcasing Havens very practical knowledge with us. She is great example of someone who is able to walk the talk and speaks very well.

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