Most of us are socialized to be critical of our bodies. Whether it’s our families, communities, or our culture at large, we are bombarded by messaging regarding what constitutes an acceptable body. Body acceptance is the practice of treating our bodies with respect and care, including all of our deepest insecurities. Some days will be harder than others. In the end, body acceptance is about reflecting on why you feel negatively toward your body and how you can find peace with your body without needing to change it.
What Can I Do?
Take a proactive position in challenging prevailing standards. Body acceptance is important for every individual to learn and work towards as a personal goal. It is essential that we never forget that what our bodies look like and what our bodies can do are not the only things that make us valuable; we are complex human beings with amazing qualities that are deserving of love.
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