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How to Build a Better Body Image After Weight Loss Surgery

posted by Admin User at 2015-04-24 22:22:00

Mental health nurse practitioner, Maria Allen, NP, shares some tips on how to build a better body image after bariatric surgery:
* Look at your body as the formidable vessel it is. You are healthier and have more energy to enjoy all sorts of activities.
* Understand that it takes a lot longer for the brain to adjust to your new body than to lose weight after the weight loss surgery.
* In other words, you may not see your body the way others do. Have you ever walked by a store window and not recognized yourself? Give yourself the permission to take time to adjust.
* Skip the negative talk. If all you tell yourself is that you hate how your body looks, then it will saturate your entire being. If someone else is making negative comments about your body, stop them and tell them that this is not okay.
* Pick one body part that you like and admire it (a little self love has never hurt anyone). When you become really good at appreciating that part, move on to another.

* If you feel that negative body image is getting you into depression, talk to a therapist. There is no reason to go it alone. We all need a little help sometimes.
* Dress your body size. Proper fitting clothing help you to see your body in a positive way. Nobody ever says that sweat pants make them feel great about their body. Dress to impress yourself. You are worth it. Bold fashion jewelry or a beautiful shawl can dress up the simplest outfit and make you feel like a million bucks. Don’t have the budget right now to go shopping? Check out the clothes closet and you will find beautiful clothing donated by other patients at no charge to you.
* Take advantage of the many lines of shape-wear available. Many patients rave about Spanx and found that when their clothes fit better, they felt better about their bodies.
* When you look in a mirror, get to know the new person and decide to make this reflection your friend. Take good care of yourself and treat yourself with love and compassion.
posted at: 2015-04-24 22:22:00, last updated: 2015-04-24 22:28:10

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