Much of how we view our wellbeing is based on how we view our bodies. We’re liable to believe that we are healthy if satisfied with our appearance and unhealthy if dissatisfied. More often than not, the root of our misconception is weight. Obesity or even just a personally undesired pound-amount can have us turning from the mirror, repulsed. We believe that we are physically unhealthy, and in turn our mental health wavers. We become life-pessimists simply because the numbers are a little bit higher than we wanted. But, negativity isn’t spawned solely by our body’s volume. Height plays a role, as well.
A recent study of 14,000 British citizens examined the relationship between height and health perception. Those who were the shortest (below 5’4” for men and 5’0” for women) had the most negative outlook. They believed, more so than those of average height, that their physical and mental well being was stunted, just as their growth had been. However, there was no physical proof that they were any less healthy. It was all stemming from personal judgment. Fortunately, scientists found that it wouldn’t take much to alter this attitude – a mere 2.7” for men and 2.3” for women, but achieving that change isn’t exactly easy. In fact, it’s impossible.
Once a person has left childhood, there’s no way to affect height. You can’t become taller, but you also can’t continue viewing your life negatively. That will eventually lead to poor health. So instead, work to alter your body image. If you view your appearance and stature positively, you’ll view life positively. You’ll believe that you are healthier, and you very well might be. But, how do you accomplish this?
You can’t simply alter your psychological perception overnight. You can, however, do some things to make you feel better. Start with a head-to-toe pampering session (men and women). Get a manicure, pedicure and massage. Treat yourself. Make your body feel luxurious. Then, do some exercises that will turn your attention to the inside rather than the outside. Yoga or Tai Chi will leave you focusing on the spiritual before the physical. And finally, remember the positive aspects of your body, not the negative. Being short isn’t all bad, just as being tall isn’t all good (trust me).