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
Giving the Greatest Gift this Easter and Beyond
I've always been someone who didn't care for following the crowd, especially if everyone else was doing it because it seemed like the popular thing to do. As I get older, I am finding this especially true with holidays. From birthdays to Christmas to Easter and beyond, I'm increasingly convinced that buying into the cultural and marketing frenzy to constantly do bigger and better is a bit draining - on both the budget and the mind! I'm on a mission to dial it back to a simpler way and get back to enjoying holidays on another level.
With Easter is just around the corner, let's get started by going back to the basics. When I was a child, my parents were on too tight of a budget with four kids to ever indulge in a bunch of candies and confections in our Easter baskets. In fact, we rarely, if ever, had an actual Easter basket. Over the years, our baskets were always creative and practical such as a character-themed wastebasket for our rooms, a baseball cap or a rolled up swim towel that served as the Easter basket vessel to our much-appreciated and rare treats - a chocolate Easter bunny and a few trinkets.
We didn't receive mall gift cards, new bicycles, tablets, iPhones or keys to a brand new car. We got a simple chocolate Easter bunny - and we were totally good with it. Today, folks have been set up to constantly need and want more from every single event, celebration and holiday. The holidays of yesterday were about time with family and appreciating what little we did receive. Wouldn't it be great to get back to that concept?
We can all start with the fact that people are what make any day special. For me, holidays are now about my grandchildren so I want to spend time with them and give them experiences. I want them to remember that time spent together is the most precious gift we can possible receive from each other. So off to the park it is for us on days of celebration, whether it's outside to build a snowman on Christmas Day or to be part of an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt in spring.
As adults, we have to take control of the constant pressure to over-indulge and purchase things, whether it's for ourselves, others or our beloved grandbabies. In some way, shape or form, this Easter and beyond, think of ways to give yourself and your loved ones the gift of time spent together. Share experiences and use face-to-face communication to make memories that will last a lifetime—and hopefully be passed down again and again. Happy Easter!
"There's only one thing more precious than our time and that's who we spend it on." - Leo Christopher
Written by: T.E.Bush
"He who is born a fool is never cured."
"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances."