Body Image Booster: Try A Body Scan
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 your week on a positive note!
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A body scan is a great way to tune into and reconnect to your body. It helps you pay attention to each part of your body, something that many of us might not take the time to do or even think about in the first place.
A body scan helps us pinpoint what we need. It helps us identify any tension and release it. It can be a calming practice.
And it’s a practice that also honors our bodies. It’s a practice that reminds us that our bodies are important.
Rather than ignoring, neglecting and bashing our bodies, a body scan reminds us to listen.
It’s a powerful form of self-care.
Here are several body scans to check out:
- An hour-long video that includes a 40-minute guided mindfulness meditation body scan.
- A 10-minute video with a guided body scan.
- Another 10-minute body scan from psychologist Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D, who writes the super helpful blog “Mindfulness & Psychotherapy.”
- This page from the UCSD Center for Mindfulness includes a 20- and 45-minute body scan audio along with other meditations.
Do you have a favorite body scan?
Tartakovsky, M. (2013). Body Image Booster: Try A Body Scan. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 16, 2017, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2013/08/body-image-booster-try-a-body-scan/