Most parents understand the importance of nurturing self-esteem and confidence in their daughters; however, in today’s busy and fast-paced world, it’s very easy to overlook signs of negative body image – especially in teen girls. It’s essential to understand that your daughter doesn’t have to have a serious eating disorder to be experiencing issues with her body image. And, as many parents are now aware, social media certainly doesn’t help matters. There is no shortage of research linking social media comparisons to feelings of depression and low self-esteem. In particular, research shows that Instagram is the most damaging social network for mental health, as teenagers frequently compare themselves to the unrealistic images they see as they scroll down their newsfeeds.
In the age of social media, combating this issue is paramount for the health and well-being of teen girls. Here are some ways in which a life coach can be impactful in helping your daughter overcome negative body image:
With social media sites driving girls to constantly compare themselves to the “ideal” body, many teens undeniably suffer from poor self-esteem. A life coach can help your daughter develop her individual strengths and talents, and most importantly, focus her attention on what makes her unique. Ways in which a life coach may improve self-esteem include encouraging your daughter to try something new; journal her accomplishments; and make positive self-statements.
Holding your teen daughter accountable for her success can do wonders for how she perceives her own body image. A life coach works closely with your daughter to help her set attainable personal development goals. As your daughter starts reaching her goals, she’ll develop more confidence and learn to embrace her accomplishments - rather than focusing time and energy on comparing herself to others.
Sometimes all a teen girl wants is somebody on the outside to simply listen to her. Often young girls are resistant to talking with their parents about things affecting them, especially sensitive issues like body image. This is where a life coach can be extremely instrumental. A life coach will take the time to get to know your daughter and make her feel comfortable sharing what may be bothering her about her body. Typically, in these conversations, the life coach will naturally learn about your daughter’s struggles, putting her in the position to offer the appropriate guidance as needed.
A life coach can put your daughter on the path to developing a more positive sense of self – making her far less likely to be affected by media and other outside influences. As a certified life coach for teen girls, Amy Schule can give your daughter the tools to overcome negative body image and realize her fullest potential.