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A Simple Exercise for Dealing with Self-Doubts

Many of us let our self-doubts or previous missteps and mess-ups dictate our actions. We adopt an all-or-nothing perspective, assuming that if we can't do something perfectly, if we've made mistakes before, then we have no business trying, again.

Self-doubts can lead us to question our worth and decide that we're undeserving. Self-doubts can stop us from pursuing our dreams and responding to our needs.

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Body Image

Reframing Negative Thoughts Into Helpful Questions

Yesterday, I wrote about cultivating curiosity (instead of berating or criticizing ourselves). Today, I'm exploring curiosity, again, because it's such a powerful tool in building a more positive body image and taking compassionate care of ourselves.

All of us experience negative thoughts, particularly about ourselves. And some of us experience them on repeat. While we might not be able to stop our brains from spitting out negative thoughts, we can reframe them -- instead of interpreting these thoughts as truths.

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Body Image

Dear Body: A Letter of Apology

Dear Body,

This isn't the first time this happened. Years ago, weeks ago, you issued the same pleas in the form of an aching back. First it started with a pinch, a whisper. This week it was an all-out roar.

The act of bending down was dicey. Walking fully upright didn't feel very good. Rolling over in bed took effort (and produced pain). Walking too quickly triggered spasms (and a shout of "ouch!" inside my brain).

You know that I love a challenging workout. I love how empowered I feel after doing many push-ups. It is a reminder that I am strong. Every push-up shatters the stories my brain has spun for years of not being an athlete, of being awkward, of being weak.

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Body Image Boosters

Body Image Booster: Walking Meditation

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!
One of the ways we can start to feel more comfortable and more at home in our own bodies is to actually experience life in our bodies.

This may sound silly, but often we're so busy and hyper-focused on rushing around and accomplishing tasks that we might not be aware of our bodies.

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Stuck Inside? 9 Ways to Move Your Body

I have the luxury of living in a relatively warm climate. Our coldest temps have been in the 20s at night and 40s during the day. (Yet I still sit at my desk with a blanket over me, wearing my favorite furry boots.)

But I know others are freezing in snow-soaked, below-zero areas (or maybe you're in Australia, where it's also unbearable but in a different way).

Wherever you are, you might be spending more time indoors. So here are nine ideas for moving your body when you're stuck inside.

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On Working Out In The New Year

"I really dislike working out."

That's what Jillian Michaels -- the trainer on The Biggest Loser -- recently told a magazine while promoting one of her workouts.

So why does she do it? Because, she says, she loves her skinny jeans and playing with her kids. Then she shares her thoughts on how often everyone needs to work out per week.

This is just one of countless articles making the rounds in January -- the month that's all about the new us ("New Year, New You"). Articles filled with shoulds and have-tos and you-betters.

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