5 Tips on Improving Body Image from My Personal Journey
Hello, Girl Fit community! My name is Yurika Tarui, and I am a rising junior in high school. I am also a virtual intern at Girl Fit Physical Therapy this summer! I have been a client at Girl Fit Physical Therapy since it started four years ago, and it has always had a special place in my heart. I resonated with their mission statement of empowering female athletes, and Girl Fit has inspired me to pursue a career in sports medicine. I also connected with their mission of supporting girls’ mental and physical wellbeing, especially as a competitive athlete in an aesthetic sport.
As a figure skater and former ballet dancer, I have had my fair share of body image dissatisfaction and distress. Unfortunately, I am far from alone: thousands of young girls participate in aesthetic sports, including figure skating, gymnastics, dance, diving, and horseback riding. Even in other sports, there is still a high emphasis on body shape and size, especially for females.
Over the years, I have accumulated a few tips to help combat my negative body image thoughts and develop a healthier relationship with my body. While I still have a long way to go, I have found these strategies beneficial for myself and others.
1. Focus on what your body does for you
2. Practice body neutrality
3. Step away from the numbers
4. Take care of your body and mind
5. Challenge what you view on social media
Making peace with your body is not a linear journey, and that’s ok! Just like it didn’t take you a day to develop your negative body image thoughts, it won’t take a day to get rid of them. With practice and time, you will gradually learn to respect your body and appreciate everything it does for you. Remember: your body was never the problem.
I wish you all the best of luck on your journeys!