Month: December 2021

A group of 5 teenagers looking at their cell phones, possibly good candidates for improving body image

6 Strategies For Improving Body Image

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 19, 2021 |

The reflection you see in the mirror may seem straightforward for a quick passing. “Good hair day,” “bad hair day,” “looking good,” “just not feeling it.” But, in truth, what you see is more than visual. It’s deeper and more complex than that. Your “acceptance” or “rejection” of a moment’s reflection in a mirror is…

a woman appearing angry with fists tensed and her body jumping, seemingly displaying physical effects of anxiety and depression

7 Physical Effects Of Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 14, 2021 |

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas; but, when it comes to anxiety and depression, there are no “secrets.” Despite their mental origins, they have far-reaching effects on the body. The physical effects of anxiety and depression provide strong evidence that your mind and body are always in communication with one another. (It may…

the naked torso of a woman demonstrates possible signs and symptoms of eating disorders

40 Common Signs And Symptoms Of Eating Disorders

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 14, 2021 |

Common signs and symptoms of eating disorders can be tough to recognize. They’re sneaky, subtle, and often socially accepted.  Distinguishing between what’s “normal” and what’s indicative or symptomatic of a disorder is difficult. Thanks a lot, Diet Culture. (Trigger warning.) Eating disorders involve so much more than food. They’re not about vanity or attention-seeking. Eating…

Image of a trans woman in bed with a dog, appearing as if she is depressed and anxious and not working.

What To Do When You Can’t Work Due To Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 11, 2021 |

It’s a noble aspiration – a Scarlett O’Hara, “As God is my witness!,” fist-raised-to-Heaven determination – this whole notion of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” “Push on!” “Get over it!” “Do whatever it takes!” And on and on the merciless cheerleading goes. But what happens when you can’t work due to anxiety and depression?…

a child with a camera, representing the importance of parents being familiar with body image in the media

3 Articles About Body Image In The Media That Every Parent Should Read

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 11, 2021 |

Whatever your child’s age or gender, body image is a topic that belongs in your daily teaching and communication. If body image is a sensitive or confusing topic for you as an adult, imagine how it can impact a child’s impressionable mind. Information about body image in the media will help you become more comfortable…

A photo of a brain, demonstrating an example of what a Highly Sensitive Person's brain may look like

6 Ways a Highly Sensitive Person’s Brain is Different

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 9, 2021 |

They’re enigmas to most of the world. They “over-think,” “over-feel,” and have an almost eerie ability to read a roomful of strangers at a heart-level. They can go from “life of the party” to needing a three-day nap with no social interaction. And, when they come out of hiding, they go about saving the world…

A woman of African American descent in a blue bikini and holding pink balloons demonstrates an example of a body positive campaign photo. ,

How Media Affects Body Image: Do Body Positive Campaigns Work?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 7, 2021 |

Open up any social media app, and you’ll see it – in ads, in videos, in your friends’ posts and photos. Turn on the TV or open a magazine, and you’ll see it – in commercials, in programs, in fashion and makeup ads. You really can’t escape the countless normalized examples of how media affects…

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