Self-acceptance has become a buzzword in today’s world of extreme levels of anxiety and body shaming. So what is self-acceptance? Is it learning to live with all your destructive habits and weaknesses? Or is it understanding all this and do nothing about it? All of us have our own excuses to laze around and leave things the way they are. We can be pretty sure that this kind of indifference is not going to take us anywhere. Self-acceptance is probably one of the most misunderstood concepts and lets us try to understand it now. Self-acceptance is a state where you are in complete understanding of your good and bad and do not feel any kind of fear or embarrassment to admit the same. Not in a haughty fashion, though! This step should enable you to create a positive image for yourself and lead you to the road of improvement.

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Self-love is the best kind of love that one could ever receive. Life is going to be pretty hard if you’re going to cringe at yourself every time you take a look into the mirror. Your dark circles prove that you are a hard worker; your not-so-flattering waistline advocates that your mother is an excellent cook. When you’re in denial of who you are, it might lead to a lot of stress and many other health problems. You’ll begin to feel victimised by others’ opinion of you which will eventually lead to self-pity and self-hate. You might want to be alone, not feel confident enough to face or interact with anyone. You will just end up isolating yourself from everyone, which will again lead to serious issues like depression and emotional eating. When you begin to accept yourself, you are immune to the negative comments imposed on you; you set the standard for how others should treat you and most importantly, you will quit being a people-pleaser and stop seeking validation from others.

Don’t ever go by these commercials that teach you that life cannot be fun if you have a pimple on your cheek! Believe that people around you love you for what you are and neither a pimple nor a growing waistline is going to change that. This kind of positivity can be achieved only through self-acceptance.

It’s not just us! Even celebrities are prone to body shaming. Actresses like Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha have often been criticised for their voluptuous figures. Both of them have broken the stereotype of a typical Bollywood heroine and have turned out to be such fine performers. They have never shied away from flaunting their curves and have always carried themselves with such poise.

Let us all learn to connect with our bodies and appreciate the unique beauty that each of us is. Embrace and love your body; this is the best gift that you’ll give yourself this year!

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