Archives for Body Image Boosters
For some of us loving our bodies sounds like a lovely thought but not a realistic one. Because when you've spent years bashing your body and seeing it as a roadblock, a boulder, a huge obstacle that keeps you from getting what you want, it's hard. Maybe even impossible. But, as I've written before on Weightless, I believe we can still act in kind ways even if we don't have kind thoughts. Yet.
One of the things that's helped me in building a more positive body image is realizing the magnificence of my body. Of the human body. It's amazing how we are assembled. It's amazing the parts, the intricate systems that make up our whole. It's amazing how hard my body is currently working so I can write these words.
On some Mondays I share a tip, activity, inspiring quote or other tidbits that help 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! One of the biggest reasons I didn't like my body and take good care of it was because I believed I wasn't allowed to. I believed I didn't have the permission until I changed my appearance, until I lost weight, which meant I finally deserved to.
It's been a while since I've written a body image booster post on Mondays. I used to write these posts at the beginning of every week because let's face it Mondays can be tough. We could use a little lift, a tiny boost in the right direction. Here are two quotes I've recently come across that might help: "Every Monday morning is new hope," as Maira Kalman says. And as Storm Jameson said, “The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.”
Last week I talked about using visualization to navigate body-hating thoughts. Today, I wanted to share other visualizations to help us appreciate our bodies. You can use these visualizations when you're meditating or lying down in savanasa (usually the final pose in yoga). You can use them as you're waking up or falling asleep.
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."
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.
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.
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.