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20 Questions for Connecting to Yourself & Your Needs

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Viktor Frankl quote

“The only journey is the one within.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

The foundation for self-care is knowing who you are — knowing your needs, wants, wishes. Because in order to respond to our needs and innermost desires, it’s important to know what they are in the first place.

As such, here are 20 questions to help you delve deeper into the glorious abyss that is you.


Declaring Our Independence From What Doesn’t Serve Us

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

grand central, nyc

Every year, around July 4th, I republish and update a piece on declaring our independence from what doesn’t serve us — everything from dieting to damaging beliefs. 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.


Body Image Booster: What Feeds You?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

colored pencils

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.

Rosie recently penned a beautiful post on exploring what feeds us. She writes: “What feeds your soul?  Takes you to a place of satisfaction and the feeling of being well cared for… by you.”


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 6.29.14

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

wizard of oz quote

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!

10 ways we body shame without even realizing (excellent piece!).

The pendulum — the ride between a restrictive state of mind and an over-consumption state of mind.

Going backwards to flow forward.


On Self-Care And Holding Our Breath

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Amelia Island beach, bird and exhale caption

In my book I talk about giving ourselves the permission to play. Because it isn’t necessarily our lack of time or too many responsibilities that stops us from playing.

Rather, it’s our beliefs. It’s our belief that now that we’re adults, we shouldn’t play. We must get serious.

It’s our belief that we’re too busy or too tired or too old.


Body Image Booster: Experiencing Loving Kindness

Monday, June 16th, 2014

creative joy retreat, 2012, hearts

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 few weeks ago I shared how we can be just 10 percent kinder. Because kindness is an important part of cultivating a positive body image and taking better care of ourselves.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 6.15.14

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

red flowers, west coast of florida, taken by mama, june 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!

When the real me meets the photo me.

The power of our personal stories.


Your Summer Self-Care Wishlist

Friday, June 13th, 2014

west coast of florida, taken by mama, june 2014

This summer I’m craving bike rides, savoring the sight of big green trees for miles and the feel of the breeze cooling off my sweat-soaked skin.

This summer I’m craving a scoop of chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

I’m craving grilled shrimp and french fries by the beach.


Noticing Your Body From the Inside Out

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

NYC in Oct 2012

Right now I’m reading the book Living with Your Body & Other Things You Hate: How to Let Go of Your Struggle with Body Image Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy by therapist Emily Sandoz, Ph.D, and writer Troy DuFrene.

In it, Sandoz defines body image as simply how the body is experienced. Our body image includes everything from the feeling of our clothes on our skin to the shape of our stomachs.

It includes “how your body feels from the inside out and how it looks from the outside in.”


3 Simple Visualizations to Help You Relax

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Our rose, april 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying a great Sunday! I wanted to pop in and share several soothing visualizations with you.

You can practice these right now. You can practice them when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed.

You can practice them to help you ease emotional and physical tension, to decelerate the racing, body-bashing thoughts.

You can practice your favorite visualization as part of a daily ritual — in the morning, afternoon or at night. Light a candle, turn on some soft meditative music, and simply begin.


 
 

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