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Are you treating yourself like an afterthought? Like a footnote in your own story? Maybe you've been ignoring your needs. Maybe you haven't even taken the time to identify them. Maybe you've been putting everyone else first.
You yearn to be the perfect package. Thick, shiny hair. Thin, muscular frame. Razor-sharp cheekbones. Calm. Confident. Smart. A person who makes everything look effortless; who rarely gets frustrated or flustered; who has productive days every day.
So many of us praise and yearn for internal change. We try to be smarter, braver, kinder. We try to be more patient and more forgiving. We try to be more assertive and maybe more adventurous. We try to cultivate our creativity and cope well with our emotions. We try to advance our careers and become better listeners. We try to learn from our missteps and mistakes.
Being an adult in a thin-obsessed society is bad enough. It's hard enough to feel good about yourself when so many sources are telling you that your weight is wrong (and so are you). Being a teen in this kind of society is even trickier.
Body acceptance might seem like an abstract, foreign or empty concept. You might be wondering, Where the heck do I start? Which is understandable. Because that's what happens when we've been blaming or hating our bodies for years. We end up feeling lost. Overwhelmed. Unsure. Hesitant. Hurt. Paralyzed. Petrified. You name
On some Sundays I share links to other pieces on Psych Central and from around the web. This month’s links include everything from quitting the body image wars to practicing gratitude to reducing overwhelm to getting some sleep when you're anxious. Because self-care is comprehensive. I hope you find these helpful. Happy Sunday!
I used to think that in order to accept my body, I had to lose weight. After all, I had to have a body that was worthy and deserving of acceptance. I had to have a body that was good enough to embrace and appreciate. And in its current form, it wasn't. Which, in my mind, left me with one option: hyper-focus on changing my body.
For you body acceptance might feel elusive. It might feel out of reach. It might seem overwhelming or foreign or just unnatural. Maybe you think it's insignificant or unrealistic or not feasible to actually embrace your body. Which is why I wanted to interview one of my favorite people, Anna Guest-Jelley, who's penned a powerful, personal and practical book about body acceptance called Curvy Yoga: Love Yourself & Your...