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
January is a start of a brand new year and many people choose to set resolutions for change. Popular resolutions often center around improving things that are intrinsically viewed as imperfections or flaws. While self-improvement is a great aspiration, it is difficult to achieve when motivated by negativity.
In 2007 researchers from the University of Bristol conducted a study which concluded that 88% of people who set New Year resolutions, fail. Another interesting statistic from the study is that before they started, only 52% of the study participants thought that they would succeed. That means that before they even started, nearly half didn't have enough self-confidence to believe in themselves. With that information, it isn't a surprise that they weren't able to meet their goals.
Before you can change yourself in the future, it's important to love and accept who you are today. The you that you want is only achievable by going through the you that you already are. Rather than focusing on what you would like to change about yourself or in your life, challenge yourself to have an attitude of self-acceptance in 2015 and focus on loving yourself for who you are now.
Resolve to stop being self-critical. According to Dr. Ruth Baer of the University of Kentucky "self-criticism triggers feelings of shame, guilt, sadness, anger, frustration, embarrassment, disappointment and hopelessness." Using these type of feelings as motivation is unhealthy and unproductive. Rather than criticizing yourself for flaws or mistakes realize that you are not perfect. Shed the filter of perfectionism and acknowledge that imperfections are what make you unique and special. Sometimes its the imperfections that you view as flaws that others love the most about you!
Build your self-confidence by talking positively about yourself. Replace the criticisms with praise. Rather than focusing on a skin blemish, remind yourself how great your hair looks. Rather than focusing on a typo in the email you sent, remember all the hard work you've put into a project. When you hold yourself in high esteem and have confidence in yourself, it will reflect outwardly. There is a reason that men and women alike view confidence as sexy - beauty isn't skin deep!
Self-acceptance and self-confidence make up the foundation necessary to achieve bigger goals. Before starting to work towards making major changes, make sure you have the confidence in yourself to succeed. You have the right to follow your dreams, achieve your goals, and be the best you possible but before you can, you have to love who you are today.
Written by: Brigid Ashling
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My vision with this magazine is to let you know that you are not alone. There are other SSBBWs around the world with the same issues, thoughts, worries and joys as you have. Whether you have accepted your weight and love your body, whether you are actively working to lose weight or whether you want to get healthier and have more mobility but don't know where to start, you are not alone.
Whether you are single or in a relationship, have children or not, work or are unemployed, housebound or relatively mobile, healthy or have medical issues, you are not alone.
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"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things."
"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."