The Daily Battle: Navigating Social Media’s Impact on Body Image and Mental Health


Hello, beautiful souls! As a Registered Dietitian deeply passionate about mental health, body positivity, and holistic wellness I’m always looking for ways to support you in your everyday life. In a world where social media can often feel like a battleground for our self-esteem, it’s crucial to cultivate practices that support our mental health through our nutrition wellness, and most importantly, our sense of worth.

And while social media is a big part of my business I also acknowledge how much I am negatively impacted by it, as a woman.  So this blog post is not only for you but for me and future generations to remind them of their worth when all of the pretty pictures on social media threaten to make us feel that ours is slighted.

  • The Instagram Insight: Instagram, is a visual feast where every meal is #foodgoals and every body is #bodygoals. But remember, behind every perfectly curated plate lies a real person with real struggles and failures. Instead of comparing yourself to airbrushed illusions, focus on nourishing your body with foods that support your gut health and hormone balance, and celebrate the unique beauty of your own journey. So many of these before and after photos are either doctored or stolen from another place on the internet. For example, the recent story I shared on my Instagram story showed a photo of a woman that was used on a weight loss supplement site but it turns out the photos (which show the woman losing a significant amount of weight) were actual pre and post her bariatric surgery where she received a gastric sleeve.  This is amongst many of the reasons why when it comes to nutrition it’s important to be an internet slooth OR just know anytime you see before and after pictures, BE SKEPTICAL!
  • The Pinterest Perspective: Pinterest, is a treasure trove of DIY projects and picture-perfect aspirations. I know for me it is a beautifully well-organized board of colorful images that allows my perfectionist brain to get swept up in meal planning, exercise programs, and the pursuit of perfection, but let’s not forget that true beauty lies in authenticity. Embrace your body’s natural rhythms and honor its signals, whether that means enjoying a snack before bed or a day off from exercise. Your worth is not measured by the number of pins on your vision board or the amount of weight on the scale, but by the love you cultivate for yourself and others.
  • The TikTok Truth: TikTok, is a digital dance floor where trends come and go in the blink of an eye. It’s tempting to chase after fleeting fame and validation, but I do believe that true fulfillment comes from within. I have heard from so many potential clients about them trying new supplements or food trends that left them feeling like they got taken advantage of and pushed further back on the health journey than they would want to admit.  So instead, focus on nourishing your mind with positive affirmations, your body with movement that feels joyful, and your soul with meaningful connections. Remember, you are worthy of love and respect simply for being authentically you.

Now, I know that may sound easier said than done so let’s explore some tactics to make these strategies a reality:

  • Strategies for Self-Care: Carve out pockets of time for activities that bring joy and relaxation, whether it’s enjoying a hot bath, practicing mindfulness, or simply savoring a quiet moment with a cup of tea. By prioritizing self-care, we can replenish our emotional reserves and cultivate a stronger sense of self-worth.  I know we are all busy so work to find a few minutes each day to start this practice.
  • Modeling Body Positivity: As mothers, we play a pivotal role in shaping our children’s attitudes towards their bodies. By modeling body positivity and self-acceptance, we can instill in our children a healthy appreciation for diversity and individuality. Embrace your own body with kindness and compassion, and refrain from engaging in negative self-talk or body-shaming behaviors, especially in front of your children.
  • Curating a Healthy Media Diet: Just as we carefully select ingredients for a nourishing meal, we can curate our media consumption to promote mental well-being and body positivity. Encourage your family to really look at the content they consume online. Limit exposure to accounts that promote unrealistic beauty ideals, and seek out content that celebrates diverse body shapes, sizes, and abilities. Simply, unfollow.  By fostering a more inclusive media environment, we can cultivate a healthier relationship with our own bodies and those of our loved ones. Remember, your worth is not defined by your appearance, but by the kindness and compassion you show yourself and others.

In conclusion, my dear friend, let’s nourish our bodies, minds, and souls with love, kindness, and acceptance. Together, let’s rewrite the narrative of perfectionism and embrace the messy, beautiful journey of being an authentic human.