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Unveiling Your Best Self: Everyday Strategies for Optimal Well-Being!

Image by  Freepik    Unveiling Your Best Self: Everyday                     Strategies for Optimal Well-Being      In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to neglect our well-being. However,                 incorporating simple yet effective strategies into our routines can significantly enhance       how we look and feel each day. From gratitude practices to mindful movement, let's             explore a holistic approach to nurturing our physical, mental, and emotional health,             courtesy of  Redefining the Face of Beauty .     Cultivate Gratitude         Embracing a mindset of gratitude  can transform how we perceive the world around us.       Take a moment each day to reflect on the things you're thankful for, whether it's a               supportive friend, a delicious meal, or a beautiful sunset. Cultivating gratitude can               enhance your overall outlook on life and contribute to a sense of contentment and                fulfillment.    

Cosmetic Surgery behind the veil? Afghanistan women...

Afghan women are generally known for their unique beauty that remains hidden behind a veil. Afghanistan is a country that is located in the Middle East near Iraq and Pakistan. The religion in Afghanistan is predominantly Muslim.  Depending on what portion of the country a woman is from, varies the reason behind wearing a veil. In some sections it is required, while in others, it is a choice. The veil can be worn to cover just the hair, or it can cover up the entire face and body (which is known as a  burqa). The mystery behind why the veil is worn dates back for centuries and it is nearly impossible to understand the full meaning behind it. For example, there are many who believe that a woman who is completely covered is not tempting men to rape or become violent towards her. There are many who believe that a lady who does not cover herself, is asking for sexual violence or harassment. 

Up until 2001, young girls did not have the opportunity to receive an education in Afghanistan. School was pretty much prohibited. Women still are generally treated as second class citizens or property. In many areas, if a girl decides to receive an education, she is at risk of having acid thrown in her face or drinking poisoned water. All of this occurs as a protest against the right for women to go to school and receive an education. Other countries may read this article and laugh or be shocked, believing that these issues occurred back in history, not today. However, that is incorrect. While many women can share equal rights depending on the part of the world you live in, others are still fighting for their own personal rights not to be hurt or attacked for receiving an education or for having a mind of their own. In recent news, terrorists have thrown hand grenades into schools, killing hundreds of young girls. These terrorists are in fear and rage that if a girl gets an education then suddenly they will become aware of themselves as human beings and began to fight for their own personal rights. 

Despite all of the trauma these women face, they also are struggling with the social pressures of beauty, even behind their veils. While money has been used to repair faces due to acid attacks, there has been a recent rise in cosmetic surgeries, such as nose jobs, face lifts, breast augmentations and tummy tucks. Many doctors are reporting that instead of fixing scars, they are doing cosmetic surgery. The women believe that if they can change the outside, then they will feel better about themselves. While many people may shake their heads and believe that this is absurd for Afghanistan's women to want to pursue surgery for aesthetic looks, many other people are doing the same thing. However, as more people are exposed to seeing different, more liberal countries, it is changing the view and perception of what beauty should be. In fact, husbands may often agree to his wife having surgery after returning from a long business trip in a liberal country. 

For now, no one quite knows what is to become of this new chapter of Afghanistan's beauties. But we do know one thing, the pressure to be "beautiful" and the belief that fixing the outside will change your entire life, is a common belief worldwide, including  for those who are often hidden behind a veil. 

Afghan Women & Surgery
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight
 (1 Peter 3:3-4)."

Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA