Why Do We Struggle with Our Relationship with Food and Body Image?
We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with messages about what our bodies should look like. Our appearance is used to judged our attractiveness, capability, value, character, and morality. In this appearance-driven world, it is no wonder that so many of us struggle with our relationship with food and our bodies. You may come from a family with a long history of body image concerns, battles with food and disordered eating, and trauma. You may have been dissatisfied with your body for so long that you do not remember a time when eating was effortless or when standing in front of a mirror felt positive.
Signs of Struggles with Food and Body Image
Some of the signs of this struggle with food and body include:
Struggling Alone with Food & Body Image Concerns Is Difficult
Body image concerns and struggles with food may impact your life in small and large ways. It is not uncommon to have struggles with food and body image for years without seeking help. Our society has made it so normal to be on diets and pop culture have create a false hope that we can be thin if we put out minds to it. It may take a long time to realize that this struggle is not necessary and you are ready to be free.
How Will I Know That I Am Making Progress or When I Am Better?
Progress in therapy is not as a linear path across time but a circular journey to health and healing. Progress in therapy is like a screw. In therapy, you may feel like we are going around and around on the same issues but each time we pass by them we are going deeper. Through the practice of effective coping strategies, we will immediately address the most painful aspects of your life and decrease the symptoms that hinders your everyday living. From there, we will go deeper to explore the roots of your relationship with food and body. When you have noticed significant improvements in your mood, relationships, and functioning, we will then focus our energy on preventing relapses in the future and to explore ways for you to live a life that is full of hope, joy, and empowerment. To get the most value out of our work together, you can take responsibility for your part of the therapy process: show up on time, communicate cancellations timely, think about our sessions beforehand, complete assignments, be ready and motivated to make changes in your life, value directness in feedback, take risks, try new things, and apply the new coping strategies to your life.