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Listening to the Language of Your Body

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

minful anger, andrea brandt

A pivotal part of building a more positive body image and practicing compassionate self-care is listening to our bodies.

Our bodies speak to us through sensations, according to psychotherapist Andrea Brandt, Ph.D, MFT, in her book Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom.

Brandt defines sensations as “the perception of stimuli through the senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch)” and “the physical feeling that results when senses are stimulated (e.g., warmth) or when there is a change inside the body (e.g., cramping).”


Body Image Booster: Create A Timeline

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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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.

Reviewing your past relationship with your body can give you insight into how to improve your current connection. It can help you spot patterns and connect the dots between various events and your feelings.

That’s why I suggest creating a timeline of how you felt about your body throughout the years. Start with your first memory about being in your body, and then include other pivotal moments.


When You Gain Weight

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

creative joy, hearts

Because April is National Poetry Month, here’s a poem I wrote as a reminder for all of us.

When you gain weight,

you may feel like a failure,

you may be convinced

you’ve done something wrong

you may think you need

to start counting calories

and cutting out dessert.


Healthy Ways to Cope With Negative Thoughts

Friday, April 4th, 2014

clouds, miami, 2013

On Monday I talked about tracking our thoughts, whether they’re positive or negative. Tracking our thoughts helps us better understand the kinds of things we’re saying to ourselves on a daily basis.

Because our thoughts can affect our body image and, of course, how we see ourselves — whether we deem ourselves worthy of respect and love, whether we deem ourselves worthy of our own appreciation.

Today, I’m sharing a few facts about negative thoughts and how we can cope with them. Because it’s easy to spend years ruled by our negative thoughts, believing wholeheartedly they’re reflections of reality, and, as such, believing we must act accordingly.


Body Image Booster: Keep A Thought Log

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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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.

A negative body image is made up of negative thoughts.

Wow, I look horrible today. Like every day. My pants are tight. What a surprise.

Why can’t I just be thinner? This cellulite has got to go! If I could just get rid of this flab, I’d be so much happier.

Often, we don’t even realize we’re playing a demoralizing dialogue in our minds all day long. Which, of course, only perpetuates and spikes the negativity and bashing.

Or maybe our thoughts aren’t overly cruel. Maybe there’s a hint of negativity or self-doubt that’s still deflating.

Either way, our thoughts can influence how we feel about ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and how we let others treat us. They can influence the boundaries we set, and the lives we lead.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 3.30.14

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

single flower, creative joy retreat

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!

Self-care on the difficult days.

This piece from Rachel is absolutely stunning. I’ve written her words into my journal, to be re-read when the body worries arise.


Quieting Body Worries With Purpose And Play

Friday, March 28th, 2014

St. Augustine beach, 2014

Sometimes our hyperfocus with our bodies can actually be a restlessness, a lost purpose, a lack of play, a confusion with our inner or outer lives.

The worry over expanding waistlines may really be a frustration of rarely having time for yourself.

The problem with our thighs may be masking bigger questions about where we’re headed. (Sometimes, it’s just easier to bash our legs than to explore new, potentially scary territory.)


Body Image Booster: Twenty Questions

Monday, March 24th, 2014

the creative habit, twyla tharp

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!

In her book The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It for Life author and choreographer Twyla Tharp notes the thoroughness and thoughtfulness with which Leonardo da Vinci approached his work, his life.


When Someone Doubts Your Dreams Or Decisions (Including Yourself)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

she, a celebration of greatness in every woman

I love the following excerpt from Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch’s book She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman.

 I love it because it serves as a significant reminder.


10 Ways to Cultivate Joy Today & Every Day

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

creative joy, purple flowers

This afternoon I interviewed an ADHD coach for a piece on Psych Central about chronic lateness. At the end of our conversation, she mentioned that today is the International Day of Happiness.

I had no idea. So in the spirit of today’s significance, here’s a list of 10 ways we can cultivate joy today and every day.


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