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    Hi, my name is vaccinehauler. I'm here because I would like to connect with others who have similar symptoms or similar experiences. Do you have someone to chat with about everything I’m going through

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    Size Zero

    I was at the gym shop the other day, buying new gym clothes. As you do. While rifling through the racks I noticed clothing marked Size 0.

    If she is a size zero does she actually exist? Given that we live in a society where smaller is so often deemed better – being smaller is associated with being smarter, prettier, more desirable and successful – what does it mean when your dress size is a zero?

    I will never know for sure because let me just categorically state right here and now that I was shopping at the other end of the rack. Where there are practically no clothes because everyone is trying to get smaller and shop down a size – to the point the clothing label might actually state they don’t actually exist. There is great shame perpetuated in wearing larger dress sizes. The clothes are hidden away in the back corner of shops and frequently not stocked.

    A lot of men’s clothing uses measurements – a 32-inch waist or a 40-inch chest. Don’t get me started on why we’re still measuring things in imperial measurements, but at least there is logic in that system. And it can be consistent. If you wear size 36 pants in one brand there’s a good chance you’ll be 36 in the next brand.

    Sometimes clothing comes in small, medium, large etc. While those labels do have a judgmental tone they are often at least consistent. A woman living in a smaller body will probably wear a dress with a small tag on it. Small is a much nicer statement than zero.

    When I asked my son what size zero means to him he said, “It means it doesn’t exist. Something that is size zero can’t exist in three dimensions.” He had no idea such a thing was for real in women’s retail.

    I have had clothes hanging in my wardrobe that are three or four different sizes on the label but all fit me exactly the same. And psychologically I can’t get past the idea that clothing with a smaller number is better. Even though the number of centimetres across the hip (see? centimetres make more sense) is exactly the same.

    I will never be a size 0. My skeleton is bigger than that and as much as I’d love to shave a few edges off some of my bones, I don’t think that’s going to happen. So I’ll have to settle for more average numbers.

    This may all seem like pie in the sky complaining about nothing but I believe it’s an important conversation to have. It’s 2022 and women are still judged and categorised by their size – and bigger is never better.

    Health and fitness comes in every size – from 0-100 (or whatever number labels stop at). So does physical and psychological illness. A woman can be any size and healthy. A woman can be any size and unhealthy. A dress tag does not determine wellness. A clothing size label should be a standard measurement that makes it easier for any one of us to grab an item off a rack and know that it is in the right ballpark. In a society where women consistently try to starve themselves into invisibility, labelling clothes “zero” makes them seem appealing – for no apparent reason.

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    Remember that thoughts and emotions are simply visitors. They come and go. But if we fight them and wish they shouldn't be there, they stick around longer. Notice that thoughts are simply flying around in your head, and notice how much attention you give them. When you can recognize that your thoughts are not you, nor are they a reflection of you, you can begin to free yourself from them. Does anyone practice anything like this?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

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    I’m new here!

    Hi, my name is alexlynn_. I'm here because I was diagnosed with bpd, adhd, anxiety, depression and Adhd. I love connecting with others with similar struggles and talking to people that are in recovery

    #MightyTogether #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Anxiety #Depression #ADHD #EatingDisorder

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    What thoughts and emotions are coming up for you today? How are you processing them?

    Let’s connect with ourselves today and write about what comes up when we take a second to feel our feelings.

    For me, I feel a bit heartbroken about a decision I’ve made. I’m not sure if I made the right decision and it’s making me doubt myself. To help me process, I’m trying to look at the whole picture and show myself some grace. Even if I didn’t get the response or reaction I was hoping for, I put myself out there and did what I felt was right. I’ll be OK. I just have to move forward.

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #EatingDisorders #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness

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    What advice or encouragement would you give someone who is trying to move on from something?

    Some encouragement I would give is: It’s OK to feel your feelings right now. It’s OK to ask for support if you need to.

    ✨ P.S. If you're trying to move on from something right now, I am too. We can get through this together .

    #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #Fibromyalgia #EatingDisorders #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #ADHD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease