Did you know your self-image can impact your physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being in a negative or positive way? If you’re not sure what self-image is and why having a good one is important, this blog’s for you!
What is self-image?
Self-image is all about how you see yourself in various aspects (physically, psychologically, intellectually and morally to name a few). The combination of these aspects forms your self-image.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines self-image as “the way a person feels about his or her personality, achievements and value to society.”
Having a self-image isn’t something you’re born with, it’s developed throughout your life and influenced by different factors.
A key factor is close relationships that reinforce how you see yourself. Early childhood influences, like your parents, help you to develop an image of yourself.
Why self-image is important
Mark 12:31 from the Christian Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. If we have a hard time loving ourselves this will make it a lot harder for us to love others. If you think about it, it makes sense. If we don’t acknowledge our own dignity and love ourselves by treating our bodies and spirits with gentle care, would it not be infinitely harder to do so to others?
We are creatures of habit and if our habit is to mistreat ourselves, it follows we will likely also mistreat others.
Modern psychology teaches us that having a negative or positive self-image translates into how you connect with other people and the world. This means that if you have a bad self-image, you’re probably not able to treat yourself, people and life as well as you potentially could. Your negative self-image could be a barrier to living up to your full potential.
How you can create a better self-image
Your self-image isn’t set in stone, it’s something you can develop constantly. Here is our top tip get you started:
Think positive! You have many gifts you can offer the world, at the same time, you’re not perfect and you have flaws.
The difference between a negative and positive self-image is what you focus on and allow to be your drive. If you’re constantly reminding yourself of what makes you an asset, you will become more confident and this will help you perform better in everyday life.
Start by listing at least 5 talents/skills you have and 5 things you love about yourself.
If you’re struggling, ask a friend or family member to help you; they exist and you’re worthy of taking the time to recognize and celebrate them.