Accepting yourself is about embracing the truth of who you are. It certainly doesn’t mean you have to be happy with it, but it does mean you are not fighting against reality or worse yet living in denial. I spent 5 years denying I was gaining weight and resisting the possibility that I could actually choose to make time in my ‘busy’ schedule to take care of myself – to put ME first on the ‘to do’ list!
Self acceptance has to start with listening to what you say about yourself – to yourself! From the moment we wake up in the morning until we drift off to sleep each night (and maybe even in our dreams) that little voice in our head is whispering to us. Sometimes it’s so quiet we don’t even hear it, but that doesn’t mean the words lose their power. That little voice is YOU, commentating moment by moment, your interpretation of you. You can choose to change the dialogue you are having with yourself, but first you must quiet down and listen to what you are really saying to yourself!