{the view from Central Park in NYC}

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!

Mara chatted with life coach Kate Swoboda about self-love in this video, which is part of our Self-Love Series. Next month I’ll be sharing my interview with yoga teacher and writer Marianne Elliott.

Ideas for spending a soothing Sunday. My favorites: “Ask yourself ‘What am I TRULY hungry for?’ Feast,” and “Get quiet and minimize your stimulation.”

Expert tips on being alone without feeling lonely.

I could relate to this post from Mara 1000 percent:

I have struggled with the concept of enoughness, and I am willing to bet you do to.

I was no stranger to the feeling of 9 pm, computer in my lap, I just have to cross this one more thing off of my to do list.

I was no stranger to wandering the Internet aimlessly in the middle of the night, website “researching.”

I spent my time “researching” other women’s bodies, magazine’s full of celebrities, weight loss success stories – desperately searching for any shred of a solution. I wandered from expert to expert, praying that this time, this time I would be fixed, this time I would be free from myself.

How many times have you blamed your body for not looking a certain way, for not letting you do something? In this post Anna offers a thoughtful perspective.

I’m always learning so much from Michelle. A beautiful lesson in listening to and honoring your body.

Speaking of lessons, Stella Boonshoft shares a crucial one on embracing our bodies — and it all started with this blog post. Stella is truly an intelligent, incredible and beautiful woman. This part of her post is especially powerful:

MOST OF ALL, this picture is for me. For the girl who hated her body so much she took extreme measures to try to change it. Who cried for hours over the fact she would never be thin. Who was teased and tormented and hurt just for being who she was.

I’m so over that.

THIS IS MY BODY, DEAL WITH IT.

Receiving real compliments can be a healing practice.”

I’ve always felt that connecting to our creativity is an important way to improve our body image. Here are a few silly ways to do just that.

Wise words from Christina on self-image:

AND IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ANYTHING, IT WOULD BE THIS: TO BE IN THE BECOMING, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING WITH SUCH DETERMINATION ON THAT STATIC STATE YOU REACH ONCE YOU’VE BECOME.

For being who you are, isn’t really about nouns or the fixed state signified by some degree, or title, or vocation at all; but who you are becoming as you arrive here in the moment, with wholehearted intention, right now.

What’s 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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    Last reviewed: 27 Oct 2012

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2012). Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 10.28.12. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2012/10/body-image-boosters-from-the-blogosphere-10-28-12/

 

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