Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance
Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.
Things you can do every day to boost your body image:
- Move your body by doing activities you love
- think of one thing you body did for you today
- compliment yourself
- smile at yourself in the mirror
- wear clothes that fit you well and make you happy, regardless of their size
Listen to Your Body
One habit of body-positive people is regularly checking in with their body. Who better to ask what your body needs than your body itself? Our bodies are amazing communicators and we owe it to them to listen to what they have to say. Signals are constantly being sent via the nervous and endocrine system telling your body what it needs to survive. Sometimes they can give us clues to the existence of bigger and deeper underlying imbalances. By tuning into your body's communication systems, you can help your body do more than survive it can thrive!
What signals should you be listening for? The following list outlines just a few:
- Thirst: Thirst is a signal from your brain telling you that your internal fluid level is too low. Forget the old "8 glasses a day" rule. According to the National Academy of Sciences in the US, most healthy people can meet hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide. If you would like a general guideline, they recommend 2.7 liters of water for women.
- Hunger: It's important to acknowledge that hunger differs from appetite. Appetite is the desire to eat food whilst hunger is the physiological need to eat food. Your body will signal with hunger when certain hormone levels indicate food is needed by your body. Sometimes this hunger signal will in turn signal your appetite as well. List to both and assure that both your physiological and mental needs are met.
- Sleepiness: Sleep is critical in maintaining a healthy body. When sleeping, your body is in a anabolic state, working on building up the immune, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. Sleep also aids the brain in the processing of memory and the removal of negative emotions.
- Pain: Pain is a very unpleasant sensory experience that our bodies would not subject itself to if not necessary. Pain is your bodies alert system when something is wrong. It can be anything ranging from a paper cut, to a pulled muscle, or worse. Ignoring pain can harm your functional abilities and quality of life so always listen to pain signals and address as necessary.
A good habit to form is to regularly stop and ask yourself, "How do I feel?" Do a quick body assessment and tune in to what your body has going on. Learning this habit can take some practice. While you're still in this learning phase, try setting a reminder. In time you will find that you do it automatically.
Written by: Brigid Ashling
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