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Today we’re celebrating our independence here in America.

But wherever you live, today might also be the day you celebrate your independence, too.

Today might be the day you liberate yourself from certain habits, objects or ways of thinking that sabotage your body image, the way you take care of yourself, your mood and your life.

For instance, maybe you declare your independence from dieting or the bathroom scale, which you toss in the trash.

Maybe you declare your independence from false beliefs of unworthiness.

Maybe you declare independence from the thin ideal and dedicate your time to taking care of yourself at every size.

Maybe you declare independence from engaging in physical activities that you don’t even like in the first place (and start doing ones you do).

Maybe you declare independence from several people who only bring you down.

Maybe you declare independence from certain negative thoughts.

Maybe you declare independence from diet books, and go on a recycling spree throughout your home.

Maybe you declare independence from women’s magazines, and stop buying them from now on.

Maybe you declare independence from clothes that haven’t fit for years, which linger in the back of your closet — and give them to people who need them most.

Maybe you declare your independence from apologizing.

Maybe you declare your independence from unrealistic expectations.

Maybe you declare independence from your own inner battle, the one where you see your body as an enemy.

Declaring your independence from damaging activities or thoughts or people is an incredibly powerful thing to do. And it can easily seem overwhelming. But remember that it just takes one step.

What will you declare independence from today? 

 


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    Last reviewed: 5 Dec 2013

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2012). Declaring Independence From Body Image Saboteurs. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 28, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2012/07/declaring-independence-from-body-image-saboteurs/

 

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