A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this new series, I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Hope you find these links inspiring, too!
The language we use to talk to ourselves is powerful. Language can often make or break our body image. Language colors our outlook on life. That’s why I love this post from Anna on crafting accurate stories, owning these truths and using yoga to help.
I have felt the stress of making the right choices.
What if we reframed this situation for ourselves?
What if, instead of considering this scene from the perspective of stress and lack of self-trust and self-knowledge, we thought about how wonderful it is to have an opportunity to figure out what we like, in the absence of our loved ones?
I love Rosie’s blog. It’s always insightful. Here, she shares eight great ways to process our experiences — aside from blogging and using social media sites.
How many times do you ask yourself if you’re good enough? Or maybe you already — supposedly — know the answer, telling yourself on a regular basis how not good enough you are. Whether your self-doubt surfaces when you start something new or always lingers, this post from Tara Sophia Mohr is a must-read.
Praise is intoxicating — and while positive feedback is nice, it can be paralyzing. It can keep you stuck, worried about others’ opinions. What will they think? Will they like it? Hate it? Hate me? Tara explores the dark side of praise in another great piece.
While her post doesn’t speak to this directly, I instantly thought about the praise I received after losing weight in college. I remember being petrified that I’d inevitably regain it, wondering and worrying what others would think of my looks, and then, of me. I allowed praise to control (and stifle) me, so that my own feelings and desires didn’t even matter anymore.
Here’s an empowering excerpt from that post:
I remember the early morning I sat at my computer in my very quiet living room – surrounded by the still darkness of 5am in November. I consciously told myself: “You are now letting go of that whole big thing of whether anyone in this world ever thinks you are a good writer. You are now doing this for you.”
What body-positive posts have you read this week? What’s your favorite way to boost your body image?
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