More than half of American teenagers around 17 years old are unhappy with their bodies. In the future, a negative body image influences self-esteem and can lead to eating disorders or even depression. In this situation, a partner who can’t mentally and physically support you can feel even more devastating.
Dark-diamond wants to, once again, point out the importance of supporting each other. After all, a healthy relationship is one that is based on the full acceptance of each other, and this union can gift us our life’s purpose.
It’s about physical attraction.
Body image plays a significant role in our society, it’s hard to deny it. Even though people started standing up for themselves and learning how to accept the flaws of their figures, the pressure to look perfect is still there. Sadly, it happens that people fall in love because they find each other’s bodies attractive, but not because of their mental connection.
Time brings change.
The relationship that is built on a purely physical attraction means that it might not last very long. Our bodies tend to change as we get older, and not always in the way we want them to. Stress, medication, illnesses, our mental state, and even our aging take their toll on us, making us either bigger or smaller than we used to be.
Make things clear.
Instead of being too focused on the changes in your partner’s body you can try to encourage them to love it! Be honest with your partner, get to know what lead to this, and what bothers them. Together you can make a plan to improve the situation. Though, if the changes in their body can’t be reduced very easily, it doesn’t mean you need to stop loving them and leave.
Learn how to accept their body.
It might seem like a real test for your relationship. And the only way to pass it is to learn to genuinely love every detail about your partner. Also, it’s your job to teach them how to accept themselves and reassure them that your feelings are just as strong as they used to be. After all, your negative attitude towards their body can only hurt them and significantly lower their self-esteem.
Another important thing that you need to learn to have a healthy relationship is to love your partner for who they are. Liking them as a person means not only knowing and accepting their mental flaws but also simply enjoying being around them. Developing a strong connection with each other will make your love truly strong, and your body image won’t play as significant a role.
Are you happy with your body image? Does your partner accept the changes in your body? Let’s discuss it in the comment section!