{a photo taken by me :) }

A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Hope you find these links inspiring, too!

On Friday I interviewed Debra Gonsher Vinik about her website, which offers a simple but wonderful way to practice gratitude. Christina writes beautifully about the handful of moments she’s thankful for, even though her to-do list is still overflowing and she hasn’t gotten much sleep.

Writing down what you appreciate is such a powerful idea. (And one that doesn’t time much time at all…another bonus.) Just jot down one or two things that make your heart sing — or it doesn’t even have to be that big.

Maybe you scribble down something that soothes you every day or makes you smile (a satisfied half smile to yourself when no one’s looking).

Part of practicing great self-care (and having a positive body image) is prioritizing your health. That includes keeping up with doctor’s visits.

What if you don’t like the practitioner you’re seeing?

Simple. Fire them. Remember that your doctor is supposed to be your partner. Learn more about firing your doctor in Ashley’s excellent post.

I’ve spent many days thinking that I needed to be someone else. I needed to look a certain way, like certain things, learn certain things, do certain things well and so on.

It’s interesting the different expectations we create for ourselves, which can chip away at our body image, self-image, you name it. This post from Susannah reminded me that it’s OK to be me. And it’s OK to be you.

Anna’s must-read post about recommitting to a yoga practice. This post delves into so much more, though. It speaks to the shame we so often feel when we don’t do something. When we set certain expectations, don’t fulfill them and immediately declare ourselves failures.

Even if you don’t practice yoga, you can still apply Anna’s suggestions for honoring your body and yourself every day.

What do you think you deserve?

I know, rough question. For many of us this is a difficult question to answer — or it’s super easy, and our answer is super negative.

Mara has created a powerful interview series around this question called “365 Days of Deserving.” Check out her inspiring interview with Emma of Emma Kate Creative. (I love Emma’s work!)

Plus, did you know that Mara is leading a group coaching program based on her beautiful e-book Body Loving Homework? Find out more here.

What has been inspiring you lately? How did you take care of yourself this week? How will you take care of yourself today?

 


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APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2012). Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 10.13.12. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2012/10/body-image-boosters-from-the-blogosphere-10-13-12/

 

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