• Morgan Boerup

body image and mental health


Can you relate?


I took these pictures the other day feeling pretty confident. I thought they looked cute and that I looked good! The swimsuit was adorable, and I wanted to go to the river with my husband and cute pup.


The next day, I took a few more pictures and felt fat in them. That day I was struggling with my OCD a lot. I immediately started picking at my appearance. My tummy has a roll, my arms were the size of Russia, and I wished I was a size 2 instead of my size 6. I quickly shoved the camera lens on and tried to push the whole experience out of my mind.


I told my husband in tears how I felt. As I was telling him what was bothering me, I realized that I started tearing myself down the second that I got stressed out. It got me to thinking if this is common for people who struggle with a mental illness.


I took to Instagram and asked my followers if they felt the same way. I was OVERWHELMED with the amount of people (82%) that said that they too felt that their mental illness affected their feelings towards their bodies.


After seeing these numbers, this idea that our overall thoughts on ourselves (mental, emotional, and physical) are affected by our illnesses has not left my mind. Do I know exactly how my OCD, anxiety, and depression affect my thoughts on my intelligence, character, emotional capabilities, and physical appearance? No. I don’t have a clue. But, I am making an effort to recognize patterns and take note of how these illnesses affect my view of my whole self.


In my efforts, I have decided to allow myself to not be picky. I'm going to show my body kindness and only think positively about it. I am going to not try to compare to others. And I am going to post one of the pictures I vowed to never show.


I know that I am not overweight and I know that I am not skinny either. I am somewhere in the middle and that's okay! Sometimes though, I get caught up in feeling like I am not enough, especially since I feel like I am behind mentally. My husband snapped this picture when I wasn't paying attention and even looking at it now, it's painful. You can almost see the words, "I AM NOT ENOUGH" stamped across my forehead- and that's not true. I have worth and value and need to appreciate myself more.



I challenge you to join me for the next month. Show your body some compassion and love. Tell yourself that you are not defined by your size, your mental illness, and anything else that life throws your way. Our bodies are truly wonderful and amazing machines, they need to be shown some TLC!


Do you have struggles with your appearance because of your mental illness? Have you noticed any patterns or tendencies? I would love to chat about what you think!


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