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Body Image Booster: 20 Journal Prompts To Dig Deeper

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
Associate Editor

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!

Journaling can help us boost our body image. We can use our journals to tune into our needs (and respond to them), better understand body-bashing thoughts, cultivate gratitude and process our emotions.

We can use them to identify what we truly need to nourish our body, mind and spirit.

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Body Image Booster: 20 Journal Prompts To Dig Deeper

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  1. I am thankful for my amazing husband. Without his support and unconditional love, I would not have moved so far along in my recovery.

    • @ Amy, thank you for sharing that! It’s amazing how important and meaningful a loved one’s support can be. He sounds like a great catch. :)

  2. I am thankful for my grand parents. Their parents were from various parts of Europe. They all got their way through the turnmoils of the XXth century wars to come to France.
    I am thus the result of their chance encounters and struggles to survive.

    • @ Val, I LOVE your perspective and your last sentence about you being the result of their chance encounters and struggles to survive. That’s such a thoughtful way of looking at it. My family and I immigrated to America over 20 years ago. When I have them, I hope my kids feel the same way. :)

  3. I am thankful for the memories I had with my grandfather, whose funeral I attended today. He was a great man!

    • @ Melissa, I’m so sorry about your loss. That’s such a beautiful attitude to have. I feel the same way about my dad and grandma.

  4. I’m thankful for the life I have.

  5. I am grateful today to God for showing me that even though we sometimes feel lonely we are never truly alone :)

  6. I am grateful for my three wonderful cats

  7. One of the many things that I am thankful for is that, after many years, I am finally starting to see myself the way my wonderful family and friends see me. It is truly a gift to be able to see yourself in a positive light and not be so hard on yourself.

  8. I am thankful for the gift of the written word.

  9. I am thankful for my education. It is such a privilege to be able to read, write, and reason.

  10. I am thankful for my Eating Disorder treatment (therapist, dietician, psychiatrist, ect.)…they help me to see myself in a more rational way. I am also thankful for my friends that will hold my hand during a tough meal

  11. I am thankful for the wonder of my body. It is a miracle it still works so well after abusing it for 33 years! I am grateful for my experience of anorexia/bulima and addiction because I beleive it gives me empathy for the teens I treat on a daily basis. I am thankful for the feelings of love I experience today. Before I was in recovery, I was not capable of feeling anything. I have discovered life can bring joy too.

    • Kathleen, I’m in lock step with you. I had an ongoing, “Russian roulette” relationship with an eating disorder for 35 years. I simply had no idea how much of life I was keeping from myself; all the while believing I was living fully. You are absolutely right, what we’ve given to ourselves (and ultimately to those we love) is the ability to see life through a different pair of glasses. (www.alisonsmela.com)

  12. I’m thankful for my beautiful new sister-in-law. I have two brothers so I’m thrilled to build this new relationship and watch my brother begin the next chapter of his life. He’s been my support, and I’m so happy for him.

  13. I am thankful that I am at home. The very most stressful part of my semester may very well be going to the airport and getting home, and I made it through that for the semester. Hopefully it will someday get easier, but for now, it is a huge accomplishment every time I do it.

  14. I am thankful for those who have been supporting me the past few weeks. When I injured my back, I found a chiropractor to help me. When a relationship ended unexpectedly, my mom has been there to talk whenever I call home. When I have been lonely, my friends have offered to be with me and have refused to let me wallow in negativity. I am lucky!

  15. I am thankful for healthy and helpful bloggers like you who share the truth and offer a safe place for all of us. I am also thankful God gave me a second chance at life, giving me the opportunity to recover.

    • @ Blaine, thank you so much for your sweet comment. It made my day! I love seeing all the comments about recovery. You guys are amazing and I truly admire each of you.

  16. Every night as I’m just about to fall asleep I quiet mind, take a slow deep breath and thank the universe for what I call the “Five H’s”. They are, my Health, my Husband, my Home, my Happiness and lastly,(perhaps most importantly) my Hope. I believe if I remain hopeful, my life will continue getting better as I move forward on a healthy path. And in doing so, I’ll find my way to peace.

  17. My PRECIOUS puppy!!!

  18. I am most grateful for my dear mum – she is a true inspiration, I literally owe my life to her! I have just finally overcome a harrowing 13 year battle with anorexia. Mum has been the driving force behind my recovery. Without her unfailing love, support and friendship, there is absolutely no way I would have been able to summon up the inner strength to battle on. When everyone else gave up on me, mum continued to believe in me and refused to let me give up on life. Even in my darkest moments she somehow made me see the light. She taught me how to love myself again, and she made me realise that I deserve a life full of love and laughter, not an anorexic “half life” full of deprivation and misery. My dear mum truly is one of a kind, she constantly goes above and beyond her call of duty. She is the most amazing mother, friend and confidante anyone could ever wish for. Over the past 13 years mum has foregone any little luxuries, like holidays or time to herself, instead she has spent her time and money on my recovery. I will be forever indebted to her for what she has sacrificed for me.

    • @ Millie, congratulations on your recovery! Your mum sounds like an incredible woman. I bet she’d love to read what you wrote, too. Again, thanks so much to everyone for leaving such beautiful comments.

  19. I am thankful I found this blog. I have been struggling with self-worth and eating issues and am so thankful to see that I am not crazy, and I am not alone in my struggles. Thank you for being here!

    • @ kimnxena, thank you! You’re absolutely not “crazy” or alone in your struggles. So many of us have struggled with eating and body image issues, low self-esteem, etc. The great thing is that these are issues you can absolutely overcome.

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