This month’s theme is body positivity. You may have heard the phrase before, but what is it? Wikipedia’s entry for the Body Positive Movement defines it as “a movement that encourages people to adopt more forgiving and affirming attitudes towards their bodies, with the goal of improving overall health and well-being.”
One of the beautiful things about body positivity is how open-ended it is! It can also mean self-acceptance, self-love, self-compassion and more (probably starting with ‘self-’)!. Most importantly, it’s a journey. It’d be pretty great to wake up one morning with complete confidence and freedom from insecurity, but in truth it takes time and effort. Framing your self-image with a positive light isn’t always easy, but can lead to a happier and more relaxed life. If your self-image is something you think you might need professional help for, you can get in contact with UofT’s Health and Wellness Centre to find out the best fit for you, which may include the services of the Daniels Faculty embedded psychologist: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/services-offered
The Centre for Women and Trans People offers a peer support program for a variety of subjects, including body image and mental health. Find out more about it here: http://womenscentre.sa.utoronto.ca/programming/peer-support/
Also check out this guide to strategies to become more positive about your body!
Finally, social media can be a powerful tool to implement body positive thinking. Search the hashtags #bodypositive or #bodypositivity on Instagram and Twitter. Comment your favorite body positive advocate!
Here at AVSSU, we wish you confidence and self-appreciation of your awesome self. If you have a story to tell regarding body positivity (As short or long as you'd like!) you can submit it here to be posted for WW: https://goo.gl/forms/vMGvKQKt0fR7z5iO2