It is normal to feel dissatisfied with your appearance from time to time. However, if you are too concerned about your appearance it can have a big impact on your life in many ways, such as your mood, how you socialise and how you take part in activities like work, study or hobbies. It can also add to financial stress, as trying to change your appearance can be very expensive. The good news is that you can learn to accept your appearance as it is and to lessen the influence your appearance concerns have on your life.
We have a range of other resources relevant to appearance concerns which you may find helpful.
- If you are highly preoccupied with specific features of your appearance and how to minimise or hide these perceived flaws, rather than just your appearance in general, then you may wish to refer to our body dysmorphia resources.
- If your appearance concerns lead you to change your diet or exercise significantly, you may find our disordered eating resources helpful.
- People with high levels of appearance concerns tend to view themselves in a negative light overall. Our resources for improving self-esteem can be helpful for this.