For today's post to celebrate #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek , I'll be discussing body image in relation to gender.
Whatever your gender, you may feel pressured to conform to an ‘ideal’ body image. For those that identify as women, neither or other, this could possibly involve perfect skin and a slim figure. Sometimes we feel the need to portray ourselves this way on social media, through using editing skills to hide acne or blemishes to achieve these supposed ‘ideals’, yet this thought-process could lead to mental illnesses such as eating disorders, which demonstrates why this week is so important to raise awareness of body image and the possible negative consequences as a result of these so-called ‘ideals’.
Those who identify as men, neither or other can also feel the same pressures, possibly involving the ideal of being muscular and strong. Yet this doesn’t make you any less of a person if you don’t ‘conform’ to this idea. We are all unique, with our own personal goals and accomplishments. We shouldn’t feel the need to all fit into the same box; all conforming as one. We should feel free to embrace our personality, not to care how we’re perceived by others, and focus on how we feel ourselves. To be comfortable with who we are, in our own skin.
Take care, Sophie x
Disclaimer - As always, please bear in mind that I am not a mental health professional or any other type of professional, this is a hobby for me and is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be seen as any kind of advice. I am not liable for any consequences as a result of this information and if readers rely on any of the information on my blog, it is at their own risk. I cannot confirm that all information is correct, accurate or reliable. The information is true to the best of my knowledge, yet there may be omissions, errors or mistakes. This information isn’t intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have, or believe to have, a mental illness, please contact a mental health professional.
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