How beauty standards affect mental health
You may have heard that beauty standards affect us in many ways. Whether it’s not fitting into clothing, feeling like we’re not good enough or even worrying about our appearance, the world of beauty standards can be a nasty one. But it turns out there’s another way these unrealistic expectations can affect us: our mental health. In fact, society’s obsession with physical appearance has been linked to low self-esteem, anxiety and depression among women in particular (but also men). Here are some ways beauty standards could be affecting your mental health—and what you can do about it.
Societal beauty standards are harmful and they need to be changed.
The media is responsible for pumping out unattainable ideals of beauty, which can lead to low self-esteem, body image issues and depression. If you feel like your body isn’t good enough or that you aren’t beautiful enough, it’s time to start challenging these ideas by looking at the world through a different lens: one where no one is judged on their appearance alone and everyone can feel confident in who they are as a person regardless of how they look on the outside.
The media is responsible for pumping out unattainable ideals of beauty.
The media is responsible for pumping out unattainable ideals of beauty. The media has an enormous influence on our lives, and it’s important to be aware of how the images you see can affect your mental health.
The following are some ways that this happens:
- The media creates unrealistic expectations of beauty. It’s not just magazines and movies; social media posts can also set unrealistic standards for how women should look in order to feel attractive or worthy enough to post their own photos online. Social media platforms like Instagram even have filters built into them so users can easily apply flattering filters before posting their photos online!
- Media promotes unrealistic beauty standards that lead people down a dangerous path where they begin questioning themselves because they don’t measure up according to what society tells us is “beautiful”.
You should not be held up to these impossible standards.
You are more than your looks, and it’s okay to not look like a model.
It’s also important to remember that beauty standards are changing all the time. What was considered beautiful in one decade might not be considered so in another decade or even year–and this can change depending on who you ask!
This can make you feel bad about yourself and your appearance and might make you feel less confident about your body.
Beauty standards are what society thinks are the characteristics that make a person beautiful. It’s important to know that beauty standards vary from culture to culture, and even between countries.
In Western cultures, for example, people with lighter skin tones and straight hair are often considered more attractive than those with darker skin tones or curly hair–but this isn’t true everywhere! In some Asian countries like Japan or China where I come from (I’m Chinese), there is no preference for certain types of physical features over others–it’s all about how you feel about yourself instead of what other people think about your looks.
When we compare ourselves to these unrealistic images of what beauty should look like in magazines or movies on TV, it can make us feel bad about ourselves and our appearance or body image which may lead us feeling less confident when going out into public places like school/colleges etcetera…
This could lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental health issues.
You may not be aware of it, but beauty standards have a negative impact on your mental health. This could lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. It’s important to understand this because if you don’t know how to cope with these feelings then they can get worse over time.
As someone who has experienced these issues myself I know how hard it is to deal with them alone – especially when there are so many pressures from society telling us how we should look or act in order for people around us to accept us as beautiful human beings worthy of love and respect!
Beauty standards don’t only affect our looks but can negatively impact our mental health as well
Beauty standards aren’t only harmful to our physical health, but they can also negatively impact our mental health.
- Anxiety and depression are common consequences of strict beauty standards. Beauty ideals can make us feel like we need to have “perfect” bodies in order for people to find us attractive. This pressure may cause anxiety about whether or not we fit into these norms, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy and depression.
- Feeling less confident about your body is another way that beauty standards can negatively impact your mental health. If you think that having a certain body type will lead others (friends/family/partners) to value you more highly, then you might be more likely than someone without those same beliefs about what makes someone beautiful or valuable as an individual person–and therefore less likely than them to feel confident in yourself.
In conclusion, beauty standards are harmful and they need to be changed. The media is responsible for pumping out unattainable ideals of beauty that can lead to low self-esteem and other mental health issues. You should not be held up to these impossible standards because they don’t reflect reality!