A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about self-care: what it is and why it matters for body image. For this second part, I am listing what self-care looks like for me.
CBT has been one of the determining treatments for my recovery and to finally let go of a perfectionism that kept moving from one area of my life to another. In this little Q&A with ‘The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre’, we explore CBT in more details.
If you have never heard of self-care, you might associate it with taking a bubble bath. Although taking a relaxing bath can be self-care to some, it is in fact a much broader concept, that has a crucial role in body image recovery.
For the biggest chunk of my first 30 odd years on earth, I was a perfectionist. Perfectionism insinuated itself in my mental and emotional life without my conscious knowledge. It felt like the safest thing to pursue when the world around me was scary, unfair or uncertain. It felt like the ‘proper’ answer when teachers, then later employers, asked me what I thought my ‘biggest weakness’ was. In fact, this constant chasing of perfection was highly toxic. But there are ways to let go of the self-abusing habit…