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
Celebrating Pride, Freedom and Independence in Our Country and in Ourselves
When I think of July, I immediate think of the celebrations that celebrate national pride, independence and freedom. On July 1st, Canadians celebrate Canada Day while on July 4th, Americans celebrate Independence Day. Both of these holidays encompass feelings of pride and patriotism like few others can. And while it's easy to celebrate pride, independence and freedom of our country, but what about in ourselves?
We are all unique and individual human beings and deserve to feel pride in that amazing fact. Like snowflakes, there are no two human beings exactly alike-not even twins-and that is an amazing and remarkable phenomenon in itself. In that individualism is a sense of wonder that we alone can provide to the world something of our own creation and gifts for the benefit and enjoyment of others. This could be anything from a piece of art or writing to the way we care for others, whether it be a child, parent or friend. Giving back to the world is a right of our individual freedom.
Freedom is something we all enjoy on a day-to-day basis, yet sometimes it's easy to forget exactly how that freedom came about. Our forefathers fought long and hard to provide a foundation of inalienable rights for themselves and for generations to follow. We are that generation. Can you imagine our lives without that freedom? We have the freedom to learn, to love, to grow, to prosper, to speak our minds and to live our own authentic lives. If you are stuck in any situation that does not allow you the full use and potential of your freedoms, I encourage you to fight to change the situation so you can live and enjoy all of your freedoms.
According to one dictionary definition, independence is "the freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others." Basically it means we can stand tall on our own two feet and enjoy all life has to offer free from dependence on another person or thing. I love being independent and the way it makes me feel about myself. My independence was hard-won and did not fully materialize until I was in my early-30s. It is always a work in progress and important to note that independence does not necessarily equal solitude. You can be independent and still enjoy the care and company of others, healthy and strong relationships while maintaining and celebrating personal independence.
Having pride, freedom and independence in our countries is the base to having pride, freedom and independence in ourselves. One begets the other. So during these proud and celebratory moments this July, remember to also be proud and celebrate yourselves.
God bless and Happy Canada Day and Independence Day 2017!!
"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." - Carrie Jones
Written by: T.E.Bush
"Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die."
"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better."