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#9 Body Image And Self-Harm Trauma Tips

    • Mental Health

Today we are going to talk about negative body image and self-harm.

Issues about body image are more common than you might think. They seem to be due to the constant comparison we force on ourselves and our desire to be seen as perfect. This idea seems to be perpetuated by the media, our peers, and of course, by the beliefs we have created around ourselves and the world we grew up in.

People, especially young adults, with body image issues are more likely than their peers to use and abuse drugs, alcohol and self-harm.

Self-harm is an increasingly pervasive symptom of emotional distress. Forms of self-harm can include cutting, biting, scratching, burning, and bruising the skin. People might physically assault themselves as punishment for not being good enough. In a similar vein, self-harm is often used to release feelings we don't know how to deal with or to cope with strong emotions that might result from trauma or challenging past experiences.

Trauma/abuse, family issues, a lack of self-confidence are all potential underlying causes of self-harm and body image issues.

Using self-harm as a coping mechanism for anxiety and other strong emotions is most common among teens and young adults. Let’s dig deeper and try to make sense of all of this.

Connect with Rosalien:

Website:https://www.journeyintowellness.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miraclehealinghideaway/

Transcription Cont.

A lack of constructive validation and unconditional love are easily ingrained during our first seven years of life. The first seven are known as our years of identity. In this time, our central processing unit, or what I like to call our motherboard, is formed using information from our mom, our dad, teachers, siblings, friends, and other family members. This motherboard is created by the world in which we live and the information we take in. When negative emotions, feelings, and sensations are introduced into these years, we create beliefs surrounding them that may not serve us later on in life.

These beliefs eventually become our truths ....

Today we are going to talk about negative body image and self-harm.

Issues about body image are more common than you might think. They seem to be due to the constant comparison we force on ourselves and our desire to be seen as perfect. This idea seems to be perpetuated by the media, our peers, and of course, by the beliefs we have created around ourselves and the world we grew up in.

People, especially young adults, with body image issues are more likely than their peers to use and abuse drugs, alcohol and self-harm.

Self-harm is an increasingly pervasive symptom of emotional distress. Forms of self-harm can include cutting, biting, scratching, burning, and bruising the skin. People might physically assault themselves as punishment for not being good enough. In a similar vein, self-harm is often used to release feelings we don't know how to deal with or to cope with strong emotions that might result from trauma or challenging past experiences.

Trauma/abuse, family issues, a lack of self-confidence are all potential underlying causes of self-harm and body image issues.

Using self-harm as a coping mechanism for anxiety and other strong emotions is most common among teens and young adults. Let’s dig deeper and try to make sense of all of this.

Connect with Rosalien:

Website:https://www.journeyintowellness.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miraclehealinghideaway/

Transcription Cont.

A lack of constructive validation and unconditional love are easily ingrained during our first seven years of life. The first seven are known as our years of identity. In this time, our central processing unit, or what I like to call our motherboard, is formed using information from our mom, our dad, teachers, siblings, friends, and other family members. This motherboard is created by the world in which we live and the information we take in. When negative emotions, feelings, and sensations are introduced into these years, we create beliefs surrounding them that may not serve us later on in life.

These beliefs eventually become our truths ....

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