Empowering Women to Accept Their Bodies

Empowering Women to Accept Their Bodies

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

8 March 2023 | Written by Xenia Ayiotis

It’s International Women’s Day.

This is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and to raise awareness of the ongoing struggles women face around accepting themselves and their bodies.

What is one of the biggest struggles which women face today?

Can you guess? It’s the paralysing pressure to conform to unrealistic beauty standards. In our society, thinness is often equated with beauty and success, and women are bombarded with messages that they need to be thin in order to be worthy, happy and fulfilled.

But the pursuit of thinness comes at a high cost. It can lead to disordered eating and a dysfunctional relationship with food, low self-esteem, and a preoccupation with food and body image which is all consuming. The pressure to conform to an ‘ideal’ body is harmful to the physical, emotional and mental health of women in our world.

How can women make peace with their bodies and learn to accept themselves just the way they are?

Practice mindfulness

One approach is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, without judgement or distraction. It can help us tune into our bodies and become more aware of our thoughts and feelings about food and body image.

Stop the pursuit of thinness

Many women are so focused on their weight that they are disconnected from their own bodies. By paying attention to how our body feels after eating, we can learn to make our own choices about food and enjoy eating without guilt or shame.

Practice self-compassion

Self-compassion is the one essential ingredient for overcoming negative thoughts and feelings about our bodies. We can focus on what our bodies can do, rather than how they look. By acknowledging our bodies’ functionality and all we can do by virtue of having a body, we learn to appreciate our bodies for all that they are capable of.

When your thoughts about your body are negative and noisy.

When you think that one last diet to lose weight is the answer.


Ask yourself.

What do I value?

The size of my body or the size of my life?

Be the change you want to see

The societal pressure on women’s body image is damaging to ourselves and our future generations. Society as a whole needs to shift the value we put on appearance and we must challenge the status quo by embracing ourselves as we are and celebrating diversity.

This International Women’s Day may all women learn to accept themselves just the way they are, and inspire others to do the same.

“Love yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh –

May we work together to create a world where all women are valued for their strength, intelligence, and individuality, regardless of their shape or size.

Wishing you peace,

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