We call “protective filtering” to the mechanisms you can put into practice to avoid negative influences on your body image. Its all about developing a positive body image, and part of your job while creating one is managing the consumption of social media that can limit your body satisfaction.
This is our fourth post dedicated to helping you understand that it is beneficial for you to become more aware of how some people and environments make us feel and take a good look, it is not personal, it is not against you, it is a culture that imposes values which do not support you having a positive body image.
Social media, for example, poses particular challenges and opportunities when it comes to body image, where you could become a body positivity activist by supporting images, messages and ideas that offer tools and advice to help us on our journey towards self-acceptance.
In addition, when it comes to social media or any other media – television, radio, magazines or cinema – avoid anything that offers you an opportunity to compare yourself with other people because, even though it’s true that comparing ourselves it’s a natural way of measuring how we are doing when we have no other objective metrics available, when it comes to appearance, objective measures simply don’t exist.
On one last point, watch out for celebrities. It is important that you are aware of how these people make you feel and be careful when thinking that their example can be extrapolated to your life. Remember that, in essence, the job of most celebrities and influencers is to look good, and they use a lot of help to reach this purpose: stylists, lighting specialists and photo editing, for example. It is unlikely that the people we see in the media rarely see themselves in real life the way we do see them.
To complete your protective filter, we must be aware that it is important to recognize that the beauty of another person does not detract from ours, it’s okay to see, read and hear what others are doing, but some of these messages can be avoided to prevent comparisons that make you feel bad about your body.
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