The demand for steroids across many countries in the world is at an all-time high. Consumers take steroids in pursuit of a stronger, leaner, more energised self. They desire a sculpted, honed body that operates at peak performance and power.
Steroids, illegal in many countries, are essentially taken due to the fact that they mimic the effects of testosterone upon the body, boosting muscle growth. Due to heavy advertising in magazines and on websites, many men are embarking upon the taking of steroids in order to build muscles, strength and heighten their masculinity.
Just for men?
It is a common misconception that steroid use is only a contending issue for young men. There has recently been a trend in middle-aged men taking steroids in order to combat the signs of ageing, to boost energy levels and to boost their sexual drive.
What are the risks?
Whilst it is true, anabolic steroids can and do physically alter the appearance of the body by fostering a greater muscle mass, it is important to be mindful that steroids are drugs with considerable unhealthy side effects. For anyone struggling with steroid abuse, do not hesitate to contact your doctor or a medical professional. It is important to note that steroids can cause a host of dangerous health concerns, including but not limited to, blood clots and heart disease, liver damage, infertility, depression and anxiety. Kidney failure, tumours and an increased risk of stroke is also possible, even in young people.
The trouble with relying on steroids to attain a desired body image, aside from the obvious legal and health risks, is that in most cases, the desire stems from a low sense of worth. This cannot be mended by any pill or supplement, it must be amended from within, ideally with therapeutic support. The therapy process will allow you to explore your feelings and origins of addiction, within a safe and confidential setting.
Improving the way you see yourself
Suffering with body image is particularly tricky for men. Let us be mindful that it is not just women that feel pressure to look a certain way in today’s world. Indeed, there is a great pressure on men to appear strong and virile and muscular. It is so very important that you do not pin your self-esteem upon the basis of how you look. There are things that you can do, in addition to therapy or counselling sessions, to improve your sense of self-worth when afflicted by a negative body image.
Take notice of what your body can do: Cherish all that your body can do. Take a mental note each morning of five physical or functional things that you are grateful for. Your body is a machine. It is yours. Be proud of it and recognise the responsibility you have to look after it as best as you can.
Stop comparing yourself to others: Resist the urge to compare your body to others. Accentuate the qualities that are uniquely yours.
Be amongst positive people: So often we listen to negative and toxic voices that tend to lower the way we see and value ourselves. Be conscious about the people surrounding you and treasure those who make you feel lifted, optimistic and confident.
Focus on what you have the power to change: Exercise often and eat well. You can still feel stronger, leaner, healthier and more energised, without the steroids. Take charge and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
It is not easy to admit any form of lowness that you have experienced in life. Coming to this realisation that change is required, takes time and courage. Do not feel ashamed, but instead, be sure to take pride in the fact that you are taking the initial steps towards becoming inwardly stronger in yourself. The aim here is not to enhance your muscle mass, but to improve the way that you see yourself. The way you view yourself, flaws and all is everything. Grant yourself permission to feel proud, just as you are. The focus for you moving forward is to ensure that you are doing your best to be healthy, inside and out.
Wishing you courage and inner strength,