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
New Beginnings, New Promises
The start of a brand new year always seems to be filled with such excitement and positive intention. It is, after all, a chance for new beginnings and new paths to forge. Whether you're looking to take off those pesky pounds and get back in shape, go to college, try a new career or something else that will make your heart and soul sing, I applaud you! We're all starting out on equal footing-new footing-and anxious to make progress.
This year, I am committing to three things when it comes to New Year's resolutions. First, I am not calling them resolutions. I am calling them promises. Making promises to myself rather than resolutions to the universe seems a whole lot easier-and doable. I want to make promises to myself and others and follow through. The word just takes on a whole new meaning when I call them promises, so that is first and foremost.
Second, my first promise is to myself. The end goal is less specific, perhaps, than a "resolution" like "I will lose weight." This promise to myself includes: being more mindful of the food I put in my body and the outward promises I am making to move more which will ultimately make me feel better inside and out. I promise to love myself a little more and care for myself a little better. Each choice, big or small, will all work toward making this promise to myself a reality.
Third, I promise to care for someone else. Again, the who, what, where and how is still to be determined. If I come across a situation this year where I realize that I can help someone feel better or make their day a little brighter, then my promise is to make that happen. Random acts of kindness will be the order of the day-and the year-for me. Whether it's someone in my family, a co-worker or a random stranger, I promise to make a difference to people this year.
There are so many resolutions-and promises-we can make to others but it really starts and ends with making promises to ourselves. Promise to love and take care of yourself first, making your days, weeks, months and years worthwhile and then loving and taking care of others will only enhance your life from there.
Happy New Year 2018 to everyone!
"Take care of yourself. Eat well, rest, train hard and smart, make time to think and breathe. Be intentional with your time." -Kristin Armstrong
Written by: T.E.Bush
"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things."
"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."