Mondays can be rough for many of us, and this doesn’t create the ideal environment for building a better body image. To help you turn that around, every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit to help boost your body image – and kick-start the week on a positive note.
Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! In honor of V-Day, below are 15 ways that you can show yourself and your loved ones tons of love – not just today but every day. Hope this brings you some inspiration!
1. Cook a delicious meal and savor it. Eat mindfully, savor the taste, texture and smell of your foods. (These blogs are brimming with delicious recipes and unique ideas!)
2. Make a V-Day card. A few years ago, I took out some of my scrapbooking materials (like snowflakes and glossy white paper) and made my boyfriend a Christmas card. I had so much fun!
Whether it’s a card for yourself, your significant other, a close friend or mom, making something is a wonderful way of letting your heart pour out on paper. (OK, that’s a bit too much, but I do think it’s true!)
3. Get or give a bouquet. I love getting the women in my life flowers for V-Day. Women rarely buy themselves flowers because we somehow think it’s extravagant or we don’t deserve it.
Bringing your loved one flowers is a small yet significant gesture. Buy yourself some flowers, too!
4. Create a vision board the celebrates you and your loved ones. Look through your favorite photo albums, and pick out some photos that are meaningful to you and remind you what you’re truly thankful for.
Put them up on any type of board you like (e.g., a cork board). (If you don’t want to use the originals, just make a copy of the pictures.)
Find inspiring quotes, poems, scripture verses or random phrases, and put them up, too. Look through magazines for anything that sparks your imagination or makes you happy.
5. Take pictures! You can take pictures of yourself and/or with your loved ones. Get dressed up. Try different looks. Get outside.
Whatever you’re doing today, capture the snippets. You can find something special in the smallest and seemingly mundane of things.
For instance, I recently bought red lipstick, a color I never ever thought I’d wear. But to me this simple shade of lipstick signifies another level of confidence; I’m OK with being seen.
6. Give your loved ones a big, full-bodied hug. How often do we express our love physically to others? Wrapping your arms around your family and friends is a sweet way of showing them some love.
7. Tell your loved ones you love them. Another thing we rarely do, but one that’s tremendously important.
8. Right now, list five things you love about yourself! Your smile, your hair, how sweet you are to others, your ability to cook fabulous meals, your laugh, your hips, your height, your thighs, how you write, how you love, how you help others.
10. Tell your loved ones why you think they’re beautiful – and why they make your days beautiful. We don’t tell others nearly enough how much beauty and meaning they bring into our lives. Part of that is human nature.
But take today to tell your loved ones what they mean to you.
11. Show someone you love them by writing a haiku. I love a haiku, and this is a fun and creative way to show some love to someone else.
14. Think of the various ways that you can honor yourself and others. While it’s important to honor ourselves and others every day, today is a good time to think about how you’re going to do that.
Not sure? Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.
How do you like to spend Valentine’s Day? How do you show your loved ones that you care about them? What are your favorite ways to honor yourself?
P.S., Remember how I wrote a post last week reflecting on my teen years? Well, this weekend, Mara, who kick-started Teen Week, posted a round-up of other reflections on her blog. Please check it out!
P.P.S., A big thank-you to everyone who reads Weightless. I say it time and time again, but I love writing this blog and your support means so much! Thank you, thank you!
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Last reviewed: 14 Feb 2011