Body Image Booster: Setting Self-Care Goals
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!
This year one of my favorite bloggers Rosie Molinary started a brilliant ritual. Every month she creates three goals for enhancing her energy.
For instance, in November, she wanted to have a hot stone massage, make quinoa and create at least 10 pieces of art.
In December she’d like to enjoy the holiday lights, accomplish grading students’ work as efficiently as possible (without sacrificing sleep or exercise) and involve her son in the giving tree experience.
I think this is a fantastic and truly nourishing idea. And it made me think specifically of setting self-care goals.
I love Rosie’s advice to “Consider what you most need emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and relationally to be well and allow those things to show up in your goals.”
Take some time this week to brainstorm your 3 self-care goals. You might ask yourself these questions, which Rosie suggests: “What are your three goals for December? What inspired these goals? How will you insure that you can meet your goals?”
Here are some ideas for your goals, big or small:
- Adding more body positive treats throughout the month, such as a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage.
- Taking yourself out on a date and enjoying your favorite activities.
- Making your favorite meal or trying out a new recipe.
- Reading a new book.
- Going to church or synagogue every weekend.
- Stretching your body every day.
- Trying out a new meditation podcast.
- Giving your family more hugs.
- Taking a poetry class.
- Eating fruit daily.
- Going on a weekend getaway.
- Seeing a museum exhibit.
- Organizing your office so it works best for you.
- Drinking tea and journaling once a week.
- Making holiday cards.
- Creating a boundary and sticking to it.
- Eating one meal without any distractions.
- Creating a bedtime ritual that includes meditating and giving thanks.
Remember that if you don’t get to all three goals, that’s totally OK. The idea is to make your self-care a priority — and consider the many interesting, creative, fun and truly nourishing ways you can take care of yourself.
What 3 self-care goals will you set this month?
***A Body Lovin’ Holiday***
I’m really excited to announce that I’m doing a free call with the amazing Anna of Curvy Yoga on 10 tips for a body lovin’ holiday.
In this 60-minute call we’ll talk about our favorite ways to enjoy a body-positive holiday season. And we’ll be taking your questions.
We’re hosting the call this Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 8:30pm ET. No worries if you can’t make it, because we’ll have a recording for you.
If you’re interested, sign up here. I can’t wait to chat with Weightless readers. It’ll be nice to finally hear each other’s voices after so many years!
P.S., Don’t forget that we’re giving away one free copy of Dr. Katja Rowell’s excellent book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More. The giveaway ends tomorrow at 11:59 ET. Here’s how to enter.
Tartakovsky, M. (2012). Body Image Booster: Setting Self-Care Goals. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 29, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2012/12/body-image-booster-setting-self-care-goals/