Body Image: The Art of Self-Compassion
We exist in a society that places great emphasis on our external appearance and gives high exposure to a narrative that favours unrealistic beauty ideals. It is sadly not surprising to learn that many people suffer with chronic low self-esteem and mental health challenges that are informed by negative body image.
Research by The Mental Health Foundation discovered that over a third of adults felt anxious or depressed because of their body image. One in eight have even experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings as a result of negative body image.
It is critical to understand how body image can influence our day-to-day thoughts and behaviour and have a significant impact on the way we relate to ourselves and others. The theme of body image is personal, challenging and stigmatised. This workshop aims to raise awareness, cultivate compassion and create positive change, in both our personal and professional lives.
This workshop will help attendees to:
- Consider the way they relate to their body. We will discuss the importance of body image and identify what informs the belief systems and perceptions we have about ourselves.
- Understand how body image affects our actions and behaviour. With a brief overview of neuroplasticity (the brains ability to change for better or for worse) we will identify how negative thoughts promote unhelpful behaviours. We will explore how we can create new habits that better support our wellbeing and healthy body image.
- Develop self-compassion. We will explore the importance of being compassionate to ourselves and others and how this relates to our overall wellbeing and resilience and relationships (both in our personal and professional lives). We will identify situations where we may not be very compassionate to ourselves (often a subconscious response) and look at practical ways we can introduce more self-compassion into our every day lives.
- Through mindful practices, attendees will explore how to develop a positive mind-set, cultivate self-acceptance and leave with a renewed sense of appreciation for their body.
How it works:
- Duration: 60 minutes.
- Capacity: Up to 100 people online.
- Logistics: You’ll be sent an exclusive link to the workshop, which will be streamed via Zoom (or a webinar platform of your choice)
- Available: Worldwide.
- Your workshop facilitator: This workshop is lead by a Body Awareness Therapist, Speaker and Somatic Movement Teacher, who works at the NHS Maudsley Hospital and a Private London Clinic working with both children and adults in Intensive Day Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders. Leading talks, workshops and 1:1 clinics, she has worked with clients from all walks of life, from the British Army to the Brownies.
- Whilst participants will be invited to share their experiences, there will be no obligation whatsoever and the workshop leader will be happy to share her own personal experiences.
“It was the most engaged the group have been in any session we’ve held so far. The content was interesting and Body Image is such an important topic that needs to be talked about more often! P was a really engaging presenter which I think made people more at ease when sharing their own experiences and joining in the discussion.”
Workshop attendees, Leading fashion brand.