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
Mother's Day is a holiday that for many brings happy celebration. Flowers and cards are given and expressions of love flow. Although this is the scene for many families, it is not for all. Relationships can be difficult things to manage and this can include relationships with parents. Although the picturesque nuclear family as often portrayed by the media may seem ideal, it is not an achievable reality for most families.
The modern family looks very different from the typical family unit of the mid-twentieth century. Social and economic changes have pushed the idea of a family lead solely by a patriarch away from the forefront. Many women found themselves needing to enter the workplace and thanks to women's rights movements, they were able to. Although the freedom over their income was liberating, the loss of women as the head of the home changed the family dynamic.
This strain was only heightened by the growing number of single parent households. One study showed that nearly twenty-four percent of U.S. children under the age of eighteen resided in households lead by a single mother. To compare, the same study found that only four percent of U.S. children under the age of eighteen resided in households lead by a single father. Not to discredit the efforts any parent, but this data stand to illustrate the strain mothers in the twenty-first century often find themselves under.
So what is the point of all this information in an article about acceptance? And what does this have to do with Mother's Day? The answer is simple although taking action may not be. Part of the journey to self-acceptance and eventually self-actualization is building a sense of love and belonging in your family and relationships. Although your relationship with your mother may not be a positive one right now, try and remember what struggles she may have encountered in her life. Perhaps this Mother's Day is an opportunity for you to take the first steps towards a stronger relationship with her. Remember that she, like you, is not perfect. Accept the imperfections and forgive the forgivable.
Written by: Brigid Ashling
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