Body Positivity

4 Challenges To Body Positivity For Spoonies

Body positivity can be extra tough when you are a spoonie. When your body doesn't cooperate and you have to fight it all the time, it can be hard to believe that "all bodies are good bodies" or "there's no wrong way to have a body". In fact, for some of us it isn't even true that our bodies are doing all they can to keep us alive! It's pretty hard to be positive toward something actively trying to kill you. So, how do you stay body positive as a
Body Positivity, Self-Acceptance

5 Myths About Body Acceptance

5 Myths About Body Acceptance
People tend to jump to a lot of conclusions when it comes to body acceptance or body positivity. This leads to some common myths. I've chosen five of them to discuss here. 1) Body acceptance is only for women. Not true! Body acceptance is for everyone on the gender spectrum. Women tend to be the focus, because the pressure on them is more obvious. Even so, other people on the gender spectrum find themselves under pressure to conform to certain standards also. There is quite the lack of representation for them
Anxiety, Depression, Quotes, Self-Acceptance

How Can I Find Self-Acceptance With Chronic or Mental Illness?

I've previously been covering self-acceptance from a very general direction. I want to focus in a little more now. Personally, I have found self-acceptance extra hard due to my chronic illnesses and mental illnesses. It only makes sense that other people have the same problems, so I want to share my thoughts and solutions. Accepting Limits One struggle I have is accepting my limits. Whether you compare yourself to what society expects, or to what you could do "before", it is hard to accept that you can't just do whatever you
Body Positivity, Self-Acceptance

3 Big Obstacles to Body Positivity

3 Big Obstacles to Body Positivity
[caption id="attachment_1018" align="aligncenter" width="300"] It's only one of many obstacles to body positivity.[/caption] We are not born critical of our bodies. It takes years of outside exposure to change this, and unfortunately some are influenced much earlier than others. Where does this influence come from? Quite a few places actually, but I'm going to focus on three here. The Media The media is a huge influence on all of us. Everyday we are exposed to the media in some form. TV, magazines, billboards, the internet: we are bound to see one, if
Body Positivity, Self-Acceptance, Self-Love

What The Heck Is Body Acceptance, And Why Do I Need It?

What The Heck Is Body Acceptance, And Why Do I Need It?
A popular "buzzword" lately has been "body positivity". Not everyone feels ready to have positive thoughts toward their body. In that case, it may be easier to try for body acceptance. What is body acceptance? Simply put, body acceptance is just accepting your body as it is with no judgement. It is a step toward body positivity and loving yourself without requiring any change. Another way to look at it is body neutrality. This article covers it well. Just not hating their body can be a huge step for some people. I've talked before
Self-Acceptance, Self-Love

Selfies: More To Them Than You Think

Did You Know There Is More Value To Selfies Than Many People Think?
You see people all over social media decrying the value of selfies. Claims of them being a symptom of narcissism, a sign of self involvement, or being a self indulgence are prevalent.  But are they? What is a selfie? From the Oxford Dictionary, a selfie is, "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media." So, all it is, is a picture you took of yourself. Seems pretty harmless, right? Maybe it's the purpose of a selfie that people find
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care

Resource Roundup: Over 25 Amazing Sources on Self-Acceptance and More

25 Resources for Self-Acceptance
I've been told by my friends that I have awesome "Google-Fu" skills. Maybe that's why I love looking up things, or maybe I have great skills because I love the search. Either way, I spend a lot of time searching either Google or, more likely, Pinterest, for any and everything I'm interested in learning about. You can check out my Pinterest account for all of my finds, but I thought I'd round up some of my favorite, most useful pins here. [lwptoc]   Self-Acceptance First, if you are new here, you might want
Self-Acceptance

4 More Steps Toward The Self-Acceptance You Are Seeking

Previously, I wrote a post listing out five steps one could take toward finding self-acceptance. They are just five that I chose out of a whole list, nothing special about them. I've picked four more to focus on for today's post. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Live less out of habit, and more out of intent.[/caption] Set Your Intention First off is to set your intention to live a life of self-acceptance. An intention is a guiding principle for your life. It isn't the same as a goal, because there is no expectation
Self-Acceptance

Self-Forgiveness: Compassion For Yourself

Guilt on its own is not bad. Guilt encourages people to have more empathy for others. It also pushes you to corrective action and to improve yourself. An essential follow up to guilt is self-forgiveness. A healthy self-esteem requires it. Unending guilt is unhealthy. Forgiveness To forgive yourself of something, you have to acknowledge it. That can be scary. Perhaps, in the past, your parents, teachers, or a boss let you know that mistakes were unacceptable. Perhaps you were punished harshly. Or, maybe, you are usually hard on yourself. I'm hear
Depression, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care

My Depression Peeks Its Head Out Now and Again

I actually had another post planned for today. I've been trying to finish it for days, and last night I had to concede that it wasn't going to happen. My depression has acted up, and that makes writing hard. My brain just won't cooperate. So I was lying in bed trying to figure out how I was going to have a post for today, and I remembered what I wrote at the end of February. The last time my depression surfaced, I got up in the middle of the night