Body image is how you feel about how you look, how you feel in your body, at this particular moment. Your body image might be great on Monday and terrible by Tuesday. Or you might feel very good about certain parts of your body and much less comfortable with others. Interestingly, your body image has little to do with how you “actually” look. It is much more impacted by things like your mood, your stress level, and how much sleep you got last night.
Most of us struggle with body image at least occasionally. For some, this struggle becomes a primary focus of their lives. Some people don’t allow themselves to feel good about anything regarding themselves or their lives until they consistently love how they look. They constantly assess their appearance to determine how they feel about themselves. It becomes a vicious cycle that is very difficult to step out of. It is a serious problem when self-acceptance becomes firmly linked to body image.