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Professor David Veale's band Bedlam Raising the roof at the Fiddlers Elbow in North London and raising money for the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. Such a brilliant night. Thank you to all the brilliant the band. #bodydismorphicdisorder #bddfoundation #mentalhealthawareness #raisingmoney #raisingtheroof

So happy to be part of the fantastic book 'Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder' #bddfoundation #bdd #mentalhealth

Body image is a struggle for many people and one often rooted in shame and comparison to others. If you feel like you're struggling remember this:

1) You ARE enough. For you and for those who care about you. You are beautiful to those around you so don't forget it.

2) Stop comparing yourself to others. As they are just as likely to be comparing themselves to other people and aren't truly happy.

3. Talk about it. To a professional, to a friend or even to someone you look up to. You'll soon find your insecurities are baseless and you have a lot more people who see you as beautiful than you first thought.

Stay strong. Stay body positive and share the love!
#bodypositive #bodyconfidence

Lovely to receive this newsletter to our inbox. We're working closely with the #BDDFoundation to raise awareness on #Bigorexia #BodyImage and #MuscleDysmorphia through theatre. More info on their website. Thank you for your support ūüôŹūüŹľ

Day 280 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Mery, an awesome dance friend. We had an amazing conversation sharing about so much. One of the things I shared with her about BDD is the huge impact it had on my friends and family and most of all my mum. I made her my scapegoat. I resented her and blamed her for my suffering, because I couldn't see how I was creating it myself. And I shared with Mery the moment sitting in the Landmark Forum that I got to see exactly when I made that decision about myself and about my mum. It was when I was 18. I haven't been able to step outside for two weeks and my mum comes back from France and finds me in a total state. So I'm there sitting on the edge of my bed and she's right there next to me and I feel like I'm losing it and I say, "Mum, I've got demons in my head. I'm disgusting. I hate my eyes. I can't go outside, people are laughing at me." I say all of that and my mum looks really worried and she places her hand on my shoulder and then..she doesn't say anything. That's all that happened: she didn't say anything and then I made that mean that she'd rejected me, she didn't love me and she didn't have anything to say, because the only thing there was to say was that it was true and I was hideous. I couldn't cope with that and to protect myself I turned her into a villain and I punished her for 11 years just so I didn't have to deal with my own pain and hurt. But seeing that that was what was really going on, that I'd literally made that all up about her and about me was so liberating. It freed me up to ask for her forgiveness and to just choose - choose to stop holding onto the BDD to make her pay. I don't need BDD now; I've got my mum. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #bodylove #bodyimage #transformation  #healing  #mother  #mum #landmark #landmarkforum #mindfulness

Launching a new campaign #inthefaceofBDD today with @omazie at the world's 2nd international conference for Body Dysmorphic Disorder. We're facing up and saying we're not BDD sufferers; we're BDD WARRIORS. Other warriors and I will be posting a photo of ourselves every day for a year till the 3rd international BDD conference and raising awareness of this condition which affects thousands and thousands of people all around the world and still is so misunderstood We want to change that! Please show you support and post your own photo, repost and share. #inthefaceofBDD #bbdf #bddfoundation #bddwarriors #bodyimage #bodydysmorphia #amIugly #imfine #BDD #BodyDysmorphicDisorder #NoFilter #Awareness #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealth

"Yoga is really trying to liberate us from ... shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing -- I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body." - Rodney Yee
Mat @bootymats
Leggings @maluhii
#yoga #recoveryyoga #recovery #recoverywarrior #goodvibes #loveyourbody #healthymindhealthybody #bdd #bddrecovery #bodydysmorphia #morelovelessfear #igyogacommunity #mentalhealthawareness #health #healing #support #love #bddfoundation #ocdaction #BalanceReliance

DERMATILLOMANIA:
If there's one thing I wish I could stop, in all my own "madness" it would be my absolute compulsion to pick my face to shreds.
My number one tool against this fight to destroy myself is getting my nails done. But this has a catch22 for me. As every medical professional will just see that I can get my shit together and take care of myself. No. They should do nails on the NHS for people who have Dermatillomania. Getting my nails done is not the self care you think it might be - it's an absolute last resort in my sheer desperation to stop myself from picking and I've tried it all. I've covered my face in plasters, worn gloves, tied my fingers together, covered my face in creams and bio oil - but nothing will stop me from attacking my face. Sometimes not even buff nails. I might grab pins, tweezers or anything else sharp in my desperate attempt to self modify, seek perfection, smooth out my skin or relieve my anxieties.
If I say no to your event, talk, panel, documentary, radio show it's because my skin has been picked so much that I won't be able to leave my house.
But for all of you out there dealing with skin picking, do not give up hope! I work on myself daily to try to stop myself ... I won't always win, but I will never give up the fight! Let's raise the profile on this!! #dermatillomania #skinpicking #anxietydisorder #anxiety #depression #bdd #bodydismorphia #bodydismorphicdisorder #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodydysmorphia #bddfoundation #mentalhealth #mentalillness #picking #skincare

Support the #bddfoundation with these charity Christmas cards from #kittywallace #bodydysmorphia #bodydysmorphiadisorder foundation offers vital support for sufferers in dire need of help. #kosmesisskinclinic http://bddfoundation.org/christmas-cards-in-support-of-the-foundation/

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Day 280 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Mery, an awesome dance friend. We had an amazing conversation sharing about so much. One of the things I shared with her about BDD is the huge impact it had on my friends and family and most of all my mum. I made her my scapegoat. I resented her and blamed her for my suffering, because I couldn't see how I was creating it myself. And I shared with Mery the moment sitting in the Landmark Forum that I got to see exactly when I made that decision about myself and about my mum. It was when I was 18. I haven't been able to step outside for two weeks and my mum comes back from France and finds me in a total state. So I'm there sitting on the edge of my bed and she's right there next to me and I feel like I'm losing it and I say, "Mum, I've got demons in my head. I'm disgusting. I hate my eyes. I can't go outside, people are laughing at me." I say all of that and my mum looks really worried and she places her hand on my shoulder and then..she doesn't say anything. That's all that happened: she didn't say anything and then I made that mean that she'd rejected me, she didn't love me and she didn't have anything to say, because the only thing there was to say was that it was true and I was hideous. I couldn't cope with that and to protect myself I turned her into a villain and I punished her for 11 years just so I didn't have to deal with my own pain and hurt. But seeing that that was what was really going on, that I'd literally made that all up about her and about me was so liberating. It freed me up to ask for her forgiveness and to just choose - choose to stop holding onto the BDD to make her pay. I don't need BDD now; I've got my mum. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #bodylove #bodyimage #transformation  #healing  #mother  #mum #landmark #landmarkforum #mindfulness

Day 280 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Mery, an awesome dance friend. We had an amazing conversation sharing about so much. One of the things I shared with her about BDD is the huge impact it had on my friends and family and most of all my mum. I made her my scapegoat. I resented her and blamed her for my suffering, because I couldn't see how I was creating it myself. And I shared with Mery the moment sitting in the Landmark Forum that I got to see exactly when I made that decision about myself and about my mum. It was when I was 18. I haven't been able to step outside for two weeks and my mum comes back from France and finds me in a total state. So I'm there sitting on the edge of my bed and she's right there next to me and I feel like I'm losing it and I say, "Mum, I've got demons in my head. I'm disgusting. I hate my eyes. I can't go outside, people are laughing at me." I say all of that and my mum looks really worried and she places her hand on my shoulder and then..she doesn't say anything. That's all that happened: she didn't say anything and then I made that mean that she'd rejected me, she didn't love me and she didn't have anything to say, because the only thing there was to say was that it was true and I was hideous. I couldn't cope with that and to protect myself I turned her into a villain and I punished her for 11 years just so I didn't have to deal with my own pain and hurt. But seeing that that was what was really going on, that I'd literally made that all up about her and about me was so liberating. It freed me up to ask for her forgiveness and to just choose - choose to stop holding onto the BDD to make her pay. I don't need BDD now; I've got my mum. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #bodylove #bodyimage #transformation  #healing  #mother  #mum #landmark #landmarkforum #mindfulness

Day 280 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Christina, China and Emma in Mabel's Tavern after dance class tonight. When I asked them what it means to them when I say "Love the Body You're In" Christina answered. She said that she's got to a place where she accepts her body. "You know, I could be taller," she said, "and I could be thinner, but I choose to accept myself and I'm happy with my body" "And I've got a partner who loves for me for how I am" That was so beautiful for me to hear. Because that's it, isn't it? To truly accept our bodies and ourselves with unconditional love. Like how many of us can truly say that when we look in the mirror or when our mind goes to our bodies there's nothing but love there? Normally there's dissatisfaction and disapproval at best and at worst there's disdain and disgust. And we don't just say cruel, unloving things to our bodies, we find other ways to punish them for not being the way we want them or not being the way we think society wants them: we physically harm them by cutting, we abuse them with drugs and alcohol, we feed them food that we know don't nourish them, we ignore the signs they constantly send us that all is not well and we neglect them, only caring for them when disease has already sent in. It's madness and it's suffering. But it doesn't need to be. Love the Body You're In: Honour it. Tell it nice things. Let it know what it allows you to do that you're grateful for. Pamper it. Give it the nourishment it needs not the junk you crave. Give it rest and give it play. And be free. Be free in body, mind and soul. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #body #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum #bodylove #mindfulness

Day 279 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Anna. Wow! What an amazing experience. Being really clear that my main intention isn't to talk, but to listen really opened up something tonght. You know, I started off wanting to share with Anna a version of what I tell people every day about Body Dysmorphia - you know a certain number of key facts and figures and a few vivid bits about what I've been through that really paint a picture of what it was like for me. But very soon after I mentioned Body Image she started talking about what it meant to her, the pressures from society she sees and I caught myself thinking you've interrupted my flow and slipping into that mode of listening where regardless of what the other person says, you're gonna pick up where you left off and all you're really listening for is your next opportunity to speak. Well, then I realised I could totally give that up, I didn't need to say my bit in order to contribute to Anna or to raise awareness of BDD and help people dealing with it. And by genuinely listening, Anna actually had the space to open up and we stood there leaning against a wall and talking for about 30mins. She really shared about what she's dealing with in her relationship with her mum and her dad and moving to three different countries in the last few years. And she's going to come to our Love The Body You're In event next week on 28th September in London and I'm so happy.  Anybody else who wants to come by the way - just message me. It's free and you're totally welcome.  #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #body #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum #bodylove #mindfulness

Day 279 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Anna. Wow! What an amazing experience. Being really clear that my main intention isn't to talk, but to listen really opened up something tonght. You know, I started off wanting to share with Anna a version of what I tell people every day about Body Dysmorphia - you know a certain number of key facts and figures and a few vivid bits about what I've been through that really paint a picture of what it was like for me. But very soon after I mentioned Body Image she started talking about what it meant to her, the pressures from society she sees and I caught myself thinking you've interrupted my flow and slipping into that mode of listening where regardless of what the other person says, you're gonna pick up where you left off and all you're really listening for is your next opportunity to speak. Well, then I realised I could totally give that up, I didn't need to say my bit in order to contribute to Anna or to raise awareness of BDD and help people dealing with it. And by genuinely listening, Anna actually had the space to open up and we stood there leaning against a wall and talking for about 30mins. She really shared about what she's dealing with in her relationship with her mum and her dad and moving to three different countries in the last few years. And she's going to come to our Love The Body You're In event next week on 28th September in London and I'm so happy.  Anybody else who wants to come by the way - just message me. It's free and you're totally welcome.  #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #body #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum #bodylove #mindfulness

Day 277 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Darren. Darren was setting up his stall ahead of the Chelsea football match tomorrow. Oh my god I wanted to back out so many times today. The thought "What the F**K am I doing telling this guy about Body Dysmorphia for? Am I nuts!" But each moment that thought came up I just swallowed it back down and carried on letting the words come out of my mouth explaining why it was important for me to raise awareness of Body Dysmorphia and helping him understand what it is. But I did back out of inviting him to the Love the Body You're In event and that's because I was too scared about what he might say to me. I didn't want to even ask him what he hears in the phrase "Love the Body You're In' and it's not even that what I'm expecting to hear is that every single person has some distressing thing about their appearance that they dislike and they bear like a cross on their back. Cos what I also hear in it is honouring our body, realising that it's the only one we've got and choosing to treat it well - exercise and nourish it and also recognising the natural intelligence that lies in each of our bodies - our gut instincts, our sudden chills, that feeling in our heart of hearts. Our bodies are a gift. They're an access to being present. For me, learning to tune into bodily sensations and be mindful is all part of loving the body we're in.  #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #body #bodyscan #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum #bodylove #mindfulness #gutinstinct #heart

Day 277 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Indika. You know, I really didn't want to have to share today and it's totally because I've upped the ante for myself and I don't like it. I've gone and increased the level of the difference I want to make and immediately I was resenting having done, especially having publicly announced it. So, I promised that every day till 28th September when we're putting on an event called "Love the Body You're In', I'd not only share with somebody, but I'd also invite them to the event and ask them what their own relationship with their body is. I also promised to share with 7 women and 7 men over those 2 weeks. And therein lay the problem. I've more or less transformed my old insecurities about men judging me for speaking about body image issues and I really feel so free around that now, but the familiar fear came rising in my throat as I thought about daring to ask them to maybe talk about theirs. I genuinely imagined potential physical violence for daring to ask an unknown man what he feels about his body. And as I cycled along back home all I saw was men coming out of pubs and looking to me like lads. And I could have shared with a woman tonight instead and the thought came up a thousand times - it'd be so much easier, enjoyable even. I saw that I could put it off, do all 7 women first and bury my head in the sand about it for now, but I saw that wouldn't give me freedom and it wouldn't be accepting myself, which is what this is all about. So, I didn't let myself do that and I didn't let myself back out of asking Indika, "What do you hear for yourself when I say 'Love the Body You're In?'" He said it'd be liberating and peaceful. And he also accepted my invitation to come to the event! It's so awesome seeing that I get to say how it goes. I can either be the victim in the story created by my fears, limiting beliefs and simple conditioning or I can be the hero in my own story. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath

Day 277 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Indika. You know, I really didn't want to have to share today and it's totally because I've upped the ante for myself and I don't like it. I've gone and increased the level of the difference I want to make and immediately I was resenting having done, especially having publicly announced it. So, I promised that every day till 28th September when we're putting on an event called "Love the Body You're In', I'd not only share with somebody, but I'd also invite them to the event and ask them what their own relationship with their body is. I also promised to share with 7 women and 7 men over those 2 weeks. And therein lay the problem. I've more or less transformed my old insecurities about men judging me for speaking about body image issues and I really feel so free around that now, but the familiar fear came rising in my throat as I thought about daring to ask them to maybe talk about theirs. I genuinely imagined potential physical violence for daring to ask an unknown man what he feels about his body. And as I cycled along back home all I saw was men coming out of pubs and looking to me like lads. And I could have shared with a woman tonight instead and the thought came up a thousand times - it'd be so much easier, enjoyable even. I saw that I could put it off, do all 7 women first and bury my head in the sand about it for now, but I saw that wouldn't give me freedom and it wouldn't be accepting myself, which is what this is all about. So, I didn't let myself do that and I didn't let myself back out of asking Indika, "What do you hear for yourself when I say 'Love the Body You're In?'" He said it'd be liberating and peaceful. And he also accepted my invitation to come to the event! It's so awesome seeing that I get to say how it goes. I can either be the victim in the story created by my fears, limiting beliefs and simple conditioning or I can be the hero in my own story. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage #bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath

Day 276 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by aweomse, bubbly, smily @lucywardd_ . So, I didn't do the usual today - I still shared about Body Dysmorphia, I still spoke about the perception I have of my eyes and I why I run this campaign and why I share myself at all. But what was new, was I actually took the time to find out what it's like for her, what her own relationship with her body is. I just said "when I say the words "Love The Body You're In" to you, what does that mean to you?" And she said freedom. It means total Freedom. And I chose those words because Love the Body You're In is the title of an event I'm hosting in London in 2 weeks' time, looking at what it will take to bring compassion, pride, love and acceptance to our bodies as they are, not as we think or demand they should be.  And what's so cool and exciting, is that I actually invited Lucy to come - yes, right then and there, an invite at 12:30pm at night in the middle of the street - and she's coming and I was so inspired by what she saw is possible when we truly accept ourselves unconditionally. And if you're reading this now, what do you hear for yourself, or maybe about yourself and your current relationship with your body when I say "Love the Body You're In?" Just love it. Feel free to share and to comment. I'm going to be asking that question each day for the next 2 weeks with the people I share with and just see what's there. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #bodyimage #body #mybody #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum #love

Day 276 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by aweomse, bubbly, smily Lucy. So, I didn't do the usual today - I still shared about Body Dysmorphia, I still spoke about the perception I have of my eyes and I why I run this campaign and why I share myself at all. But what was new, was I actually took the time to find out what it's like for her, what her own relationship with her body is. I just said "when I say the words "Love The Body You're In" to you, what does that mean to you?" And she said freedom. It means total Freedom. And I chose those words because Love the Body You're In is the title of an event I'm hosting in London in 2 weeks' time, looking at what it will take to bring compassion, pride, love and acceptance to our bodies as they are, not as we think or demand they should be.  And what's so cool and exciting, is that I actually invited Lucy to come - yes, right then and there, an invite at 12:30pm at night in the middle of the street - and she's coming and I was so inspired by what she saw is possible when we truly accept ourselves unconditionally. And if you're reading this now, what do you hear for yourself, or maybe about yourself and your current relationship with your body when I say "Love the Body You're In?" Just love it. Feel free to share and to comment. I'm going to be asking that question each day for the next 2 weeks with the people I share with and just see what's there. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #bodyimage #body #mybody #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum #love

Day 275 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Helen. Hehe I love People and so does Helen. She is such a love bug and I get such love from her. And you know, since doing this campaign, since sharing openly every day about exactly what I believed was most unlovable about me the paradox is that I've opened myself up to loving and being loved. When I allow that barrier of invulnerability and hiding between me and people to come down, when I take it down myself, then I allow love to show up. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #bodyimage #body #mybody #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum  #love

Day 274 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch by messaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Zsuzsi who was with me at the final evening session of the most recent Landmark Forum in London tonight. And what an amazing, amazing evening. I can't get over it! It's such an incredible privilege to be able to see 150 people of all different backgrounds, faiths ages and races there sharing themselves so freely and just getting that they and nobody or nothing else gets to say how their one life goes from hereon in. I mean I've been to so many of these evenings now - I love 'em - but even I was blown away by a Buddhist monk, a jazz saxophonist and a Somerset farmer all being on the same Forum together this weekend. I mean it's like a joke: what do a monk, a saxophonist and a farmer all have in common? They're all human being and they all got the Forum.  And for me it was especially amazing tonight to see two people share about how they had been dealing with really distressing body image issues like bulimia that had gripped them for years and caused them to hide away, lie and feel so much shame. And then there they were after just 3 days doing the Landmark Forum and bravely looking at all of that - able to stand up confidently in front of everyone and just speak so openly and inspiringly about it. And I saw such freedom from all the previous fear and it fills me with such love and joy for them and what they can now choose their life to be. The Forum works miracles baby! Seriously, if anybody ever wants to find out more about it - message me. I wanna share the love! #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #bulimia #bodyimage #body #mybody #loveyourself #landmark #landmarkforum #honest #fear

Day 273 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch bymessaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by @ourppls at the end of dance class...He's back! Irineu's back. Meu professor querido back from Senegal and full of passion, inspiration and energy. It's so great to start a new term and get back to the dance class that has been such a joy for me and I know I've grown so much in that class. And it was super cool to meet @ourppls there today, taking her first class and totally doing her thang and letting loose with some beautiful back undulations to the sound of the drum. Axé! #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness  #dance #music  #drum  #drumbeat  #senegal  #africandance  #brazil  #afrobrazilian

Day 271 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch bymessaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com.
Today's photo taken by @harawillowhealing Hara is a wonderful sound healer. I decided I'd honour myself today. I'm at Bestival and while on one hand  I'm living out of a bag, bedding down in a tent and spending my time squelching through a swamp of mud on the other I've had a glass of Cava in a hot tub today, a sauna, a luxurious deep tissue massage and been to two yoga classes and a tribal rhythms dance session: a far more pampered lifestyle then I ever have in the comfort of my normal London life. Well, one of the other things I wanted to do today was get a sound healing. I've been drawn to it for a while, but not made it happen. So when I saw Hara's teepee, I was right on it. I told Tara about my experiences with BDD and that my intention was to create total love for myself and my body - all parts of it. She said that her work is always about clearing all forms of fear, as when that's gone, all that's left is love. And you know I feel good. Love is all you need!
#bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #bestival #festival #gender #equality

Day 270 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch bymessaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Ryan. Ryan was totally my Good Samaritan today. And the honest truth is I'm deliberately avoiding saying he was my Knight in Shining Armour. I can feel the urge to protect my image and nurse my fragile ego right now. I don't want to let myself sound like a damsel in distress to you when I'm already feeling "unmanly". I arrived at Bestival tonight with a tent  borrowed from a friend and I had no idea how to pitch. Truth is I'd been worrying about it all day. I pictured being on my own trying and failing to pitch this tent while I  people silently laughed at me. Well, when I got here I took out all the bits and my heart sank as I realised I really didn't understand it. And I was too scared to ask for help. I deluded myself for ages thst I could work it out on my own and even started having crazy thoughts like sleeping out in the open, or not going to sleep all night, maybe even all weekend or even going all the way back to London and abandoning the festival altogether all to avoid having to ask for help and reveal i wasn't "man" enough to put up a tent myself. It's ridiculous, but in many ways it's what I deal with being a man and having a body image issue.  There's the same fear that this isn't legitimate for me and it makes me less of a man. That's even though BDD statistically affects men as much as women. So, having swallowed my pride to ask for Ryan's help with the tent, it was especially cool to then open myself up more to share with him about BDD and ask him to take my photo. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #bestival #festival #gender #equality

Day 269 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch bymessaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Steve. Steve was really gracious with me. I feel really grateful for the few choice minutes we spent together on a dark side street in West London. I'm profoundly grateful for the opportunity this campaign is giving me to share with and actually be vulnerable with not only strangers, but with people I wouldn't normally ever interact with. I didn't actually ask him, but judging by his accent Steve is a young Eastern European guy and I realise I wouldn't normally end up talking to someone like him. And when I say someone like him, mainly I just mean someone who's outside my usual social circle. Mainly. Cos I can't pretend I didn't have certain prejudices, certain beliefs about him before he'd even spoken. What I assumed is that he'd be a man's man and wouldn't care about Body Image issues and would judge me for dealing with them myself and that he'd definitely not be interested. So those unfair prejudices are there, but tonight I got to challenge them. So Steve was great. He didn't really get it. I could see from the questions he asked and the confused faces he pulled that the whole notion that I perceive my eyes as monstrous was pretty mind-boggling for him. He couldn't really get that it's just a psychological condition and who can blame him. I certainly can't or don't, because I didn't get that about myself or want to get that about myself for the longest time. And puzzled though he was, his questions revealed his interest in finding out more. And that's great. And that's what we need: people willing to find out more, to learn and to share and raise that awareness. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

Day 268 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch bymessaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Shakira. So I shared with Shakira at the bus stop at Clapham Junction. I asked her if she'd heard of Body Dysmorphia and she said no. Then when I shared with her about what I've dealt and what people deal with and when she heard that I've been doing this for 268 days sharing with strangers mostly she was really surprised. She asked me how people have reacted to me when I've shared myself. It was really great to say that people have been great and that in 268 only three times has someone told me no or that they weren't interested. Everybody else has been so receptive and supportive and it means that one of the other unexpected and unplanned results of doing this campaign is having my faith restored in people - especially the people of London. People realty are great and will show their greatness when given a chance - and I've found that a simple smile opens up so much. And it's so true, so tomorrow I'm going to smile and say something nice - whatever I feel in the moment - to 5 people that I wouldn't normally - even in those situations where it seems the done thing is not to talk, not making human contact. Let's see what happens, eh? And oh, obviously a bad photo today - the darkness I mean - but that sometimes happen when I have a #onetake only rule.  #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

Day 267 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch bymessaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Anna. Gahh, so tonight there was An Evening with #EckhartTolle at the #southbankcentre. It was sold out months ago, but I was really determined to go and I actually managed to get a ticket last minute today. Get in! But then I was so tired today I fell asleep during most of it. But not a nice sleep either, but a super self-conscious I shouldn't be falling asleep, fighting it, dazed and confused type of sleep. Now the other thing about falling asleep in public like that, is that I normally find it really stressful waking up in front of people, cos I worry that my eyes are going to look bleary, bloodshot and puffy. I feel really exposed and I want to shrink and avoid all eye contact. But when those same feelings came up tonight when the talk ended, my mind actually went to "Right, time to get somebody to take a photo of me as soon as possible when I feel least like doing it." That way I know it can't have any hold on me. And so thank you Anna for being on hand to help me get the little bit freer tonight! Lol, she also slept right through Eckhart. D'oh! #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #powerofnow #newearth #consciousness #presence #royalfestivalhall #rfh

Day 266 of #365days #inthefaceofbdd: raising #awareness of #bodydysmorphia 1 person and 1 photo at a time. Get in touch bymessaging me or on inthefaceofbdd@gmail.com. Today's photo taken by Sophia and Jo. It was actually Sophia who spoke to me today. I wasn't feeling very bold tonight and I was wandering up and down the streets and being very hesitant, seeing people coming and then deciding last minute I didn't want to speak to them and then Sophia saw me and called out: "You look lost" I told her her wasn't and then I thought I should tell her what I was actually doing and so we started a conversation about BDD and it was great. #bdd #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bodyimage#bddfoundation #freedom #practice #meditation #spiritualpath #mentalhealth

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