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Using Visualization to Cope with Body-Hating Thoughts & Other Concerns

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Visualization is a valuable way to cope with our emotions. It can help us when our brains start churning out body-hating thoughts. It can help us pause and refocus.

It can help us when we need a soothing break, when we’re seeking comfort.

In her book The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You psychologist Karyn D. Hall, Ph.D, defines visualization as “a way of coping by using your imagination to picture relaxing events.”


Body Image Booster: Laugh!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Philly flowers

I haven’t written a body image booster post in many months. So what could be better than reviving the series with a list of silly quotes?

Because humor heals. It can help us to feel better. To set a sweet tone for the rest of our day or week. To play. To take care of ourselves. To put troubles into perspective. To be in the moment. To feel the joy of laughter in a single, beautiful moment in time.

And, often, to remember the truth.


Self-Care Sunday 9.28.14

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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This is a new series on Weightless that includes all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to feeling our feelings to saying no to saying yes to savoring supportive, healthy relationships.

Because self-care helps us build a more positive body image. Because self-care helps us build fulfilling, satisfying lives. Because self-care simply feels good!

I hope you find these links inspiring and empowering.

How to overcome limiting beliefs.

5 ways to know and honor your rhythms.


Heart to Heart: Cultivating A Kinder Relationship With Your Body

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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When I was deep in the well of body hatred, I didn’t really see any other path, any other way of being with myself. My friends and family loved me unconditionally, and told me not to be so critical.

But aside from them, there was always a sinking, gnawing feeling that I wasn’t enough, one substantiated (or perhaps triggered) by everything around me.

I ate up these messages. I ate up the messages that said I’d finally be enough when I looked a certain way.


Body Image Boosters from the Blogosphere 8.10.14

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

NYC, July 2014

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. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

Our rallying cry.

8 questions to consider before committing to a goal.


Body Image Booster: A Key Question to Ask Every Day

Monday, July 28th, 2014

NYC Oct 2012

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.

Self-reflection is helpful when building a more positive body image. It helps you pinpoint what you need to work on and understand where you’re at in the first place.


Body Image Boosters From the Blogosphere 7.27.14

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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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. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

Your stories matter. Keep reminding yourself of this fact.

A gorgeous poem from Sas, which we can re-read to ourselves, re-read until the words become our own and we start to feel this way about ourselves. An excerpt:


25 More Statements for Speaking Kindly to Ourselves

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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On Tuesday I shared 25 compassionate statements we can say to ourselves, inspired by Joyce’s beautiful post. Today, I’m sharing 25 more statements.

As I wrote in my other post, when speaking these statements to yourself, try to use a gentle, soft, caring voice, as though you are speaking to a child or the person you love most in this world.

This might feel strange or uncomfortable at first. But give it a try. Pick statements that resonate with you — statements that feel true and real.


25 Statements for Speaking Kindly to Ourselves

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

creative joy retreat, 2012, hearts

I love this powerful post from Joyce on 50 loving sentiments to say to our partners, family members and friends. It inspired me to think of the statements we can say to ourselves. Because so many of us get stuck in a self-critical dialogue. So many of us get stuck ruminating over the same harsh thoughts.

I’m too big to wear that. I’m not pretty or smart enough. I can’t tell them no. They’ll hate me! I’m such a failure. No one makes such stupid mistakes. My body is disgusting. Wow, am I an idiot.

The good news is we can change our inner dialogue. We can learn to be kinder to ourselves. With practice.


Body Image Boosters From the Blogosphere 7.13.14

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

dreamy nyc, july, 2014

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. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

You are insatiable.

“There is no human experience that we have alone. It’s up to each of us to tear town the chambers of isolation that comparison and fear build.”


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