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The Dangers of Photoshop & Self Image




Where would the world of advertising be without Photoshop? We probably wouldn’t have aisles of magazines flaunting covers of women with perfectly-altered bodies and blemish-free, cellulite-free skin that can leave us questioning our personal beauty, would we?


The problem is that even if you know the images aren’t real, this type of unrealistic beauty standard can have a big impact on your personal body image and self-perception. It could trigger feelings of self-doubt and insecurity making it hard to see your own beauty which is especially toxic to young girls and teens.


People with negative body image also have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss.


When you get caught up in this type of comparison trap, it could lead to a downward spiral of declining health and happiness.


So, What Can You Do?


A little self-love and care can go a long way when it comes to building personal confidence. Start by examining your body is a positive way. Above all, be kind to yourself. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, then don’t say it to yourself.


Take care of your body.


We’re all different sizes and shapes. The number on the scale does not have to define YOU. Cultivate a healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise, and meditation to help you welcome positivity and happiness into your life. Remember that there’s beauty in our imperfections. Those are the things that make us unique! Embrace them- you deserve it!


If you or a loved one is suffering from low self-esteem, body confidence, or any sort of negativity that’s holding you back from thriving in life, give our office a call.


As professional women, we understand the stenotypes and unrealistic standards present into today’s society. We’re here to help you build a life of love, happiness, and inner peace!

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