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Body Image Booster: Keep A Thought Log

Monday, March 31st, 2014

NYC Oct 2012

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.


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.


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.


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. :)


Body Image Booster: A Reminder About The Critics

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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 you’re working on your body image, one challenge you might run into is other people. Others might tell you that you need to change yourself, lose weight or try such and such diet to really accept yourself.


What Bad Body Image Days Can Teach Us

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

connecticut park

This week I mentioned that those bad body image days — the days we hate our bodies, the days we forget to listen to ourselves, the days we’re this close to starting another diet — have something to teach us.

The key is to listen and be curious. Raise questions. Explore the hidden parts. Explore the puzzle.

Those down days may teach us how to be kind to ourselves even when we feel incredibly uncomfortable in our own skin. They may teach us what depletes or distresses us. They may teach us what doesn’t work, paving the way for the things that do.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 11.17.13

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

brave, 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 on the Web. Hope you find these links inspiring!

“All foods, like all women, are real.”

Author Barbara Abercrombie reveals how she creates.


Body Image Booster: Rethink Your Shoulds

Monday, November 4th, 2013

stop shoulding on yourself, quote

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!

I love author Shauna Niequist’s blog. Recently, she penned this post on should statements, which I think most of us — umm, probably all of us — can relate to.


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