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Mental Health and Your Body


What messages around bodies have had the most influence on you? Where did they come from?

We do not exist in this life without our bodies, it is our one constant relationship. Because we are inseparable, our bodies have a real impact on and are impacted by our mental and emotional health. Our bodies are a key component of any recovery and healing. At the same time they can be the source of shame and trauma. A lot of our complex relationship with our bodies comes from the ideas we internalize ideas about what a body should be, do, and look like. These ideas come from a variety of sources including family, religion, history, and the unrealistic body ideals broadcast by the entertainment industry, advertising, and social media. A discussion around mental health is not complete without talking about the miracle of our physical bodies. This conversation will invite you to consider the messages, both negative and positive, you have internalized around bodies and the hopes you have for your relationship.

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