Self-Compassion and Body Image
A critical link between self-compassion and body image involves taking a compassionate approach to one’s body and may be a useful strategy for overcoming some body-related challenges women athletes experience in sport. A compassionate approach to the body can help improve the positive body image of athletes in a competitive sport environment. Body self-compassion allows one to acknowledge negative feelings towards the body without overidentifying with them, which reflects a key component of self-compassion; mindfulness (Berry et al., 2010).
Body self-compassion is extending kindness and nonjudgmental attitudes to the body, despite perceived physical imperfections and limitations (Berry et al., 2010).
Three essential structures:
A Fourth Facilitating Structure: The importance of others
Body self-compassion has the potential to:
More compassionate body experiences have been linked with:
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