We all have an image in our heads of what we look like.
How much energy are you giving to the image you have of yourself? More importantly....is it working for you?
For someone with an eating disorder, your image may be colored by ideas about what you ‘should’ look like, and the concept that your worth as a person is in direct proportion to the size of your body.
Can you image saying to a five year old, ‘your legs don’t look how they are meant to look’ or, ‘people will hold you in higher esteem if you hold your stomach in’...?
Put like this, it seems absurd. The truth is, people are telling themselves every single day that their bodies are not ‘right’ that they look ‘disgusting’ or they just plain don’t like the skin they were born in.
If you have an eating disorder, you don’t get to trust your eyes and you don’t get to trust that what you see in the mirror is reality.
If you can’t use a mirror to assess your image, what can you use?