Do You Compare Your Body To Other Bodies?

You see a picture of someone on Instagram and you can't help but feel bad about yourself. Why does she have such perfect hair, how did she manage to get her stomach so flat, why does she look so good in those skinny jeans, why is her skin so clear... and why can't you look more like her? We can all fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. However, research indicates this this kind of social comparison has a very negative effect on our mental health, self-esteem and wellbeing. Here are 6 reasons why comparing our body and appearance to other people's bodies and appearance can be very unhelpful:

1. We tend to focus on other people's positive attributes, while focusing on our "negative" ones and we therefore aren't making a fair comparison. When we look at ourselves in a mirror, we often look at ourselves up close, scrutinise every pore and wrinkle, see every stretch mark in detail and really focus in on every part body. However, when we look at others, we usually see them as a whole person, focu