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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: 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.


On Guilty Pleasures And Self-Care

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

CT coffee and ice cream

When we’re embarrassed over something we enjoy, we call it a “guilty pleasure.”

We laugh it off. We apologize. We wonder and worry what others will think of us.

For instance, you might say that your guilty pleasure is watching reality shows or eating ice cream in front of the TV or listening to certain singers or liking certain books or films or foods that you’d be mortified if anyone found out.


Body Image Booster: Meditative Practices

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

creative joy, bench and light

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!

When the negative thoughts start swirling through your brain and the tension snaking through your body, trying to find a permanent home, try these practices from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book Self-Meditation: 3,299 Mantras, Tips, Quotes and Koans for Peace and Serenity.


Body Image Booster: Seeing Obstacles & Trials As Stepping Stones

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hollywood FL, 2013, lonely ship

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!

Below is a beautiful poem by poet, philosopher and bestselling author Mark Nepo from his book Reduced to Joy.


It’s Never Too Late to Nourish Yourself

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

It's never too late, book, BJ Gallagher

In the book It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been author BJ Gallagher shares stories of individuals who’ve achieved their hopes and dreams later in life.

For instance, she talks about one couple, Arnold and Raine, who started hiking in their 60s. They’ve hiked in Alaska and all over California, among other places, and they’ve hiked up 10,000 to 12,000 feet.


A Simple Way to Assess Your Self-Care

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

1001 ways to live in the moment, book

Sometimes, it’s hard to identify why we’re feeling so drained and depleted, why our frustration keeps building and building and why our energy keeps plummeting.

I recently came across a great tip from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book 1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment that may help. She suggests writing a journal entry at the end of each day that includes these elements:


9 Reasons Practicing Self-Care Is Vital

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

mini botanical garden, 2013, cropped

Many of us worry that practicing self-care is selfish. Or we assume we don’t have the time or resources to devote to self-care. Or we worry that others will judge us for not being martyrs to our families, friends or jobs.

In her book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life, life coach, speaker and author Renée Peterson Trudeau lists a variety of benefits of self-care.


An Exercise For Befriending Yourself

Friday, December 20th, 2013

31 words to create a guilt-free life, finding the freedom to be your most powerful self

Befriending yourself may not seem easy or natural to you right now. But it is important, and it is possible. There are many practices you can engage in to help you build a healthier relationship with yourself.

In the book 31 Words to Create a Guilt-Free Life: Finding the Freedom to Be Your Most Powerful Self editor Karen Bouris shares an excellent 3-step exercise for practicing kindness and befriending ourselves.


Weightless Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013

prints, jewel, journal collage

Here’s a list of beautiful body positive gifts to give this holiday season. At the bottom, you’ll also find some freebies, which make powerful gifts, too. By the way, you’ll probably want most of these for yourself. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. :)


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