{taken in October 2012 in Connecticut}

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts 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!

Our bodies and our lives are gifts. But in the hustle and bustle of the everyday, and in the stress over our size and shape, we often forget that.

Instead we walk around in a haze, from one task to the next. We don’t just forget to stop and smell the roses. We don’t even notice them in the first place.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to open our eyes. It just takes some gratitude.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in America, a time to focus on gratitude. Below are a few ideas on cultivating gratitude not just this week but hopefully beyond.

1. Every day pause, and simply say “Thank you” to your body for carrying you. You can say this while lying in bed or looking at yourself in the mirror. Make this part of your morning or evening routine.

2. Every night list 3 things your body helped you do that day. Maybe it helped you carry groceries up a windy staircase. Maybe it expressed love to your kids through a hug. Maybe it helped you prepare a nourishing meal. Or write a heartfelt card. Or relieve stress by dancing or walking.

3. “Write a letter of gratitude to the people in your everyday life who make a difference — the mailman, a grocery clerk, or the greeter at the gym,” write Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons in their book Living Life as  Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude. They also suggest spreading the word about their great work to your friends, thereby helping these businesses flourish.

4. Write a prayer for someone who’s struggling — whether it’s a close friend or stranger. “Composing the words of the prayer helps align that person with a higher power. Then give thanks for your own health and blessings,” according to the authors.

5. Extend a small gesture of kindness to someone who needs it. In Living Life as a Thank You Mary Beth reveals how a seemingly small gesture made a big difference in her day — and life. She writes:

It happened on the commuter train. I was in the middle of a very difficult time. I had never felt so alone and afraid in my life. I rested my head against the window, wiping away the tears and hoping no one saw me.

Suddenly, someone tapped me on the shoulder and handed me a hand-drawn note.

Scrawled in pen were a rainbow and a sun and the words: “I see you there crying. Know that the sun will come out again, and that you are never alone. You do not know me, but I will pray for you.”

I only saw the well-manicured hand of a woman. But I never even saw the woman’s face. She disappeared almost instantly. But I knew, in that moment, that no matter what happened to me or my children again, we would never be alone…

Don’t underestimate the power of a small gesture — both to yourself and others.

How will you express appreciation for yourself and others this week? How about year-round?

Holiday Teleclass!

Speaking of the holidays, on November 26th, Mara Glatzel and Christie Inge will be leading a 90-minute teleclass (plus 30 minutes for Q&A) on truly enjoying the holidays. You’ll learn how to:

  • take care of yourself through the holidays (and beyond!)
  • avoid the binge without avoiding the parties
  • set boundaries and make peace with what you really want this year

The class is $35. But they’re offering a generous discount — $10 off — for Weightless readers. Just use the code: bodyimage. Learn more here!

 


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    Last reviewed: 19 Nov 2012

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2012). Body Image Booster: Cultivating Gratitude. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2012/11/body-image-booster-cultivating-gratitude/

 

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