Figure Skating

Body Image

Many sports will focus on how you look. In some sports this can be heavily tended towards your weight, and in others your muscle tone. Whilst it is important that you look after your body, and prepare your muscles for the hard work you ask them to do when you train and compete, an unhealthy focus on these elements of yourself can have negative impacts on your mental health and self esteem.

Some actions and thoughts to consider;
 

  • Don't compare yourself to others, everyone has a naturally different body shape. Try and reframe your thinking to focus on your performance rather than your looks

  • Remember, a healthy body is one which will perform better - read about the importance of nutrition in the self-care section

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of eating difficulties in yourself and others by learning more about them

  • Call out unhelpful comments and behaviours around body image, such as negative or derogatory comments

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

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If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.