• Anastasia Sendzik

What affects your body image?

Have you ever looked into the mirror and thought: “Oh, wish I could be a little bit taller, a little bit smaller, a little bit skinnier, or a little curvier? Everyone has this type of thought sometimes. Our perception of beauty and body image is different, and quite often these thoughts are decreasing our self-esteem. Guess what? No one is perfect. Even the fittest people might feel insecure about themselves, and that’s normal.

“The secret of a peaceful and healthy mind is acceptance.”

The secret of a peaceful and healthy mind is acceptance. Instead of looking at and shaming yourself, accept who you are and love it. Take care of your body, and your soul by creating healthier habits. For example, did you know that lack of sleep affects your skin appearance? Skin deprivation can impede collagen and elastin production that will result in a slower turnover of skin cells that might result in increased signs of aging. It might also affect the production of human growth hormone and cortisol which contribute to the health of your skin. Besides that, a lack of sleep may trigger increased levels of ghrelin and decreased levels of leptin leading to increased hunger and appetite.

“Accept who you are and love it. Take care of your body and soul by creating healthier habits”

You sleep well, but you like to relax with one cigarette or a drink, then you should know that this sinful habit affects your body image as well. Many studies showed that drinking alcohol can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that may result in increased risks for cramps, muscle pulls, and strains. Also, alcohol consumption slows down metabolism. Fat-burning processes stop for about 6-9 hours even after one drink. On the other hand, cigarette consumption reduces muscle protein synthesis.

So why slow down your progress? Create healthier habits and be satisfied with who you see in the mirror!

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