ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Body is a Temple for my Soul

Updated on November 22, 2017
My soul my Guardian Angel
My soul my Guardian Angel | Source

Body Shaming

What does a person, who has been body shamed in their childhood feel about their body image as an adult? The experience of body shaming as a child - does it shape one's personality in any way?

As a teacher and dance director working with both children and adults, and some of my own experiences, I can say that Yes, it does, and the consequences could be serious. It can lead to a child's lack of self-confidence, feeling inadequate, need for constant approval, not feeling worthy, being fueled into competitiveness, not cultivating healthy social relationships, sabotaging themselves, developing depression, anger, ultimately not realizing their fullest potential ....... And the list goes on.

What is Body Shaming? Also know as Body judging at times, is the act of passing judgement on the characteristics of a person’s body, specially those characteristics that are beyond that person’s control and many times are a result of genetic makeup. Body shaming doesn’t have to be about the persons size - i.e. being fat or skinny, it could be about the color of your skin, height, the shape of your eyebrows, the structure of your teeth, or any other body part.

An innocent joke or an off hand funny remark can quickly turn into a hurtful nick name or set a trend. What we don’t realize is that when this happens to a child at an impressionable age, who doesn't necessarily have the skills to handle it or not to take things too personally, the harm done can be fatal. When such children grow up to be adults, they could be harboring a lifelong hate either towards themselves or others, often causing a cascading effect into other parts of their lives and relationships. What is worse is that 9 times out of 10, body shaming is done by family members, close friends and relatives, which makes it even more hurtful. Imagine growing up surrounded by a perception of negativity. A child cannot control his/her surroundings, but as adults one can.

With the right mindset and practice, it is possible to overcome the scars of body shaming. "Mental Strength" is something we must all take care of first, no matter our age.

Mental well being strengthens the soul, which lets us look past any kind of criticism on attributes beyond our control and accept feedback that is constructive. A strong soul vice versa creates a strong mind that can make the right choices to not only eliminate the negativity, but also to seek out right influences and motivation.

If you are an adult trying to get past the scars of body shaming or any other negative and unpleasant experiences that may have held you hostage, please do start with some things to attain overall mental well being.

First step is to STOP - Distance yourself from those who complain all the time, gossip excessively, need constant attention for no reason, are competitive in every aspect of their life - big or small, those who do not know how to let go and bring up past set backs time and again, those who are all about the drama. Stop comparing yourself or your life with others.

Second step is to ACT - Prioritize your child and yourself instead. Seek out those who inspire you. Cultivate healthy friendships. Cultivate healthy habits. Spend time in doing things that make you happy or feel fulfilled.

And lastly, PRACTICE - Practice moving on when there is nothing you can do about a situation. Respect your body and care for your health through fitness. Be aware of judging yourself or judging others, think twice before you are about to blurt out an opinion of someone else.

The more you do this, the better you will nourish your soul.Your soul is the only key to set you free from the trap of any pain & suffering.

Thank you for reading.

© Anu Bhattacharya [a.k.a Simply Untangled]

© 2017 Rachana Anu Bhattacharya


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)