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
It's All About Love in February ... and a Very Special Anniversary
When I think of February, the first thing that comes to mind is Valentine's Day. You know...that day of hearts and flowers and love and all things mushy. While this can be a day of pampering and decadence for those in a relationship, it can be a bit of a downer if you're living the single life. There are a few ways we're going to change that from this year forward!
I've been happily single for over two decades following an unhappy marriage in my 20s. Although I'll probably never completely rule out love, (after all, you never know what might happen), the journey to being happy with being single started out of loneliness. It is a work-in-progress that resulted in me truly believing that in order to love someone else, you must first love yourself. Although I'm totally ok with Valentine's Day (more on this later), some people aren't.
I am quick to notice when Valentine's Day is on the horizon because I start to notice other singletons who are dreading it. How? Because they aren't afraid to tell anyone who will listen how horrible Valentine's Day is for them and how empty, jaded and lonely they feel on this "man-made day of marketing to the masses."
I have one co-worker who is so in angst with the notion of being alone that it's a cross between sad, pitiful and desperate. She feels that if only she had a date, she could just get through the holiday and be happy. The problem is it doesn't matter who the date is; she just doesn't want to be alone.
I try to explain to her that Valentine's Day is all about love...but it doesn't have to be romantic love. It can be all about the love of self, friends, family (your children, grandchildren or grandparent). It's about showing love to someone and by doing so, it will lift their mood and brighten their day-and yours! Instead of feeling sorry for herself, I encouraged to do something unexpected and loving for someone else.
When my beautiful and independent grandmother was alive, I made her my yearly valentine, bringing her flowers and chocolates or sometimes a small gift. For a lady in her 80s, it was something unexpected, appreciated and treasured. I did it for years until her passing and still remember the joy it brought to both her and me.
If you have a special someone in your life, that's fantastic! I hope he or she treats you with great love, kindness and appreciation on Valentine's Day and every day throughout the year! But if by any chance you're struggling with the notion of being alone on February 14th, make the day into something spectacular for someone else-or just to yourself! No one at the supermarket is going to know that the dark chocolate indulgences, bubble bath and candles are for you. Even if you tell them, maybe it will inspire someone else to treat themselves! After all, you deserve it!
Once Valentine's Day has come and gone, there's something else worth celebrating! SSBBW.com celebrates their 12 year anniversary in February 2019! I have been so honored to be a part of a spectacular team of caring people dedicated to helping you be the best you can be through health, wellness and other motivational blogs and articles on this site. We're glad you stop by and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Happy February to you from all of us at SSBBW! Here' to loving ourselves and those around us every day!
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." -Oscar Wilde
Written by: T.E.Bush
"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."
"Where there is love, there is life."