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Self-Care Sunday: Setting an Intention for Your Day

At the beginning of every yoga class we're encouraged to set an intention for our practice. I've picked intentions such as self-compassion and fun. They're simple but powerful to me.

Because every time I want to compare myself to the rockstar yogi to my right, I try to respond with self-compassion. I remind myself that everyone is different. I remind myself that starting anything is hard. That being new to something tends to bring out my inner critic.

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Helpful Ways to Shift Your Perspective

All of us experience hard times. So it helps to have a toolbox of healthy strategies we can turn to. In fact, it helps to have a toolbox for navigating every day. Because so much of life is how we look at it. This might be anything from dealing with a difficult situation to tackling our to-do lists.

One helpful strategy is shifting our perspective. This doesn't mean glossing over our feelings. Because feeling our feelings is vital (and healthy). And it doesn't mean pretending that things are rosy, when they're clearly painful and hard or overwhelming or super busy (and overwhelming).

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Reframing How We See Our Bodies

Last weekend I was browsing through the book Unexpected Art: Serendipitous Installations, Site-Specific Works, and Surprising Interventions. One artist's words -- Tomoko Konoike -- especially struck me: "I consider my body not as an object, but first and foremost as a 'place' for internal experience. I think of my artwork, then, as a sort of tool for shifting myself from this inner world of my body to another world..."
This made me wonder: What if we, too, saw our bodies as the places for our internal experience? As the containers of our ideas, questions, compassion, wonder, love? How might we treat them differently then?
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Declaring Our Independence From What Doesn’t Serve Us


Every year, around July 4th, I republish and update a piece on declaring our independence from what doesn’t serve or support us — everything from dieting to damaging beliefs. I hope you find it helpful!
Tomorrow, we’re celebrating our independence here in America. But wherever you live, it also might be the day you celebrate your independence, too.

It might be the day you liberate yourself from certain behaviors, beliefs, objects or people that sink your body image, your self-care, your mood and your life.

For instance, maybe you declare independence from dieting or the bathroom scale, which you toss in the trash.

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Small Ways to Honor Our Bodies and Ourselves

Lately, right before bed, I've been washing my feet. For just a few minutes. I feel silly writing this. But it's become an important ritual: Putting my feet under the hot water, using an exfoliating sponge soaked in my favorite body wash has felt calming and satisfying.

It feels like I'm connecting to my body and treating it kindly, gently and with respect. Yes, this small, seemingly insignificant act feels like I'm honoring my body and myself.

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Writing Lists for a Better Body Image and Well-Being, Part 2

In May I penned this piece about the different lists we can create for helping us build a more positive body image, practice compassionate self-care and boost our well-being. Today, I'm sharing a list of other lists, which I hope you find helpful!

I love writing lists because they help to simplify overwhelming things -- like feelings, worries, projects, making positive changes in our lives. Lists make the abstract ideas floating around my head more tangible, more doable.

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Surviving Bikini Season with Your Positive Body Image In Tact

You've likely come across an article or email or social media post about getting "bikini ready." Maybe you hear people talking about it at the gym, the grocery store, at work or even at home. It's hard to avoid the frenzy when it tends to be all around us.

Even though I write a blog about building a positive body image, I find myself getting sucked in. Maybe you, too, find yourself joining the conversation, and minutes later, wondering what the heck happened. Minutes later you're discussing diets or counting calories in your head. Minutes later you're unsure if you want dessert. Minutes later you find yourself staring at your belly, and sighing.

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