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20 Things to Do Besides Berate Your Body And Yourself

Friday, February 21st, 2014

creative joy, single heart, 2012

I used to spend many minutes criticizing my body — specifically bashing my belly and my hips — and other traits like my indecisiveness and incessant worrying.

In fact, I’m sure that over the years, it adds up to hundreds of hours spent hurling insults at myself.

Many of us do this. We think we’re too big or too small, our skin is too dimpled or too pale. We dislike certain personality traits or amplify our supposed flaws, thinking they’re permanent, unshakable.


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.


Body Image Booster: Walking Meditation

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Connecticut, path littered w leaves

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.


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:


Navigating Overwhelm And Body Image

Friday, February 7th, 2014

 rain

From time to time I write about dealing with overwhelm on Weightless because often when we’re stressed, we tend to take it out on our bodies.

Just this morning as I was putting on regular clothes (that’s what I call pants made from less than 5 percent spandex and shirts I can’t wear to the gym), I could feel my face forming into a scowl.

And then the “have I gained weight?” question just popped up, followed by “Ugh. I hate my outfit. I hate my skin.”


The Limiting Story I’m Letting Go

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

letitgo_badge

This post is part of the Let it Go Project: a collection of stories leading up to a beautiful releasing ritual, hosted by Sas Petherick on the 30th of January. All the details for this free event are here. And you can take part! Be inspired by other posts in this project, and share what you are ready to let of of on the Let it Go Project Community Page!

This year I’m letting go of a story. It’s a story I’ve held onto too tightly for way too long. Probably since I was a child. It’s the story of I can’t. It goes something like this:


Self-Care And Simple Pleasures To Add To Your Life

Friday, January 17th, 2014

creative joy, 2012, yellow flower

“Many of us are plagued by cultural messages that doing things that feel good, just for the fun of it, is irresponsible and self-indulgent,” writes editor Karen Bouris in her book 31 Words to Create a Guilt-Free Life: Finding the Freedom to Be Your Most Powerful Self.

When we finally have some free time, we wonder what work we should fill it with. Should I pick up around the house? Do the laundry? Dust? Work on another project? Pay the bills?


Body Image Booster: Build Your Support System

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Amelia Island, beach, mama and Bella

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!

Recently, I was talking to a friend about a difficult family situation. “I’ve spent months trying to problem solve and figure out how to make this better. I just don’t know,” she said.

“That’s OK. You don’t have to do this alone,” I said.


A Key Question To Ask Yourself Every Day

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Amelia Island, beach

Last month I interviewed therapist Darlene Lancer, MFT, on how to be more independent. (Here’s the published piece.) One of her suggestions, in particular, stuck with me, and I jotted it down in my journal:

At the end of the day, ask yourself, “Did I speak my truth?”


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.


 
 

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  • Margarita Tartakovsky, MS: @ AntNene, you’re so welcome! :) I’m glad you liked them. Thank you for your...
  • AntNene: I love this post. Thank you so much for these ideas!
  • Josefina: the line about giving myself a smile…felt good I felt truly absorbed thanks, I needed this now
  • Margarita Tartakovsky, MS: @ Elizabeth, thank you! :)
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