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
Finding Time For Yourself this Summer
It's hard to believe that summer is almost half over. It's forced me to take a look at what else I want to accomplish before the weather gets cooler. As I try to set goals for myself every couple of months rather than strictly at the beginning of each year, now is as good a time as any to look at what's working for me this summer and what things I can add to the list.
The first thing that has been a priority in my life this summer is porch time. For the first time in a long time, I am living at a great location that actually has a front porch. This has become somewhat of a sanctuary for me and one I have incorporated for my mental wellness. Every morning, around 6 am., I go out on my porch and have a big glass of ice water to start my day. I listen to the birds chirping all around me and read a passage from my favorite page-a-day inspirational book. This is something that helps me feel centered and ready to start the day.
Since my "me time" (aka "porch time") is working so well, I started another goal recently to work out even in the smallest of ways. Since my mobility is limited by obesity, a bone-on-bone arthritic knee and a recent subluxation of the hip joint, I started doing doctor-approved leg lifts and stretches as well as doing strengthening exercises using five-pound weights. In the next two weeks, my goal will be to walk one mile to work most days.
Beyond that, I'm looking to commit to trying one new recipe each week from the dozens and dozens of cookbooks I have on my bookshelf. I don't know how many times I have said I wanted to try a new recipe and never followed through. I've made a deal with myself that unless I actually start making these recipes, I'm not allowed to purchase any more cookbooks-so it's time to get the Post-it notes out and marking pages!
There's still plenty of time to get out and enjoy summer. Ask yourself what you need to make your life more peaceful, happy and adventurous! Do you want to picnic, go fishing, visit friends, go on day trips or a vacation? To me, there's nothing more enjoyable than stolen moments of solitude, the sounds of nature, rocking in my rocking chair during a summer rain or filling my mind with a great book.
What will you do to find time for yourself to make your summer memorable? Here's hoping you have a great rest of the summer.
"Make sure to take the time to feed yourself with what your spirit has to offer." --Darren L. Johnson
Written by: T.E.Bush
"Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun."
"Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass."