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Body Image Booster: Giving Yourself Permission

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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!

Last week I interviewed Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga about practicing yoga, being kinder to ourselves and her must-read e-book Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis and Their Teachers. (Here’s parts 1, 2 and 3.)

Inspired by Anna’s book, Mara Glatzel of Medicinal Marzipan wrote a poignant post about giving ourselves permission. Here’s an excerpt:

Today, I give myself permission to step light-heartedly into the life of my own imagining.

I give myself permission to lovingly accept and relinquish my claim on all those moments of hurt that tether my heart to that which no longer serves me.

I give myself permission to stand, head up, shoulders back in front of you.

I give myself permission to speak my truths, and to allow them to be heard, audibly, by others.

Both Mara and Anna’s words got me thinking about all the things we deny ourselves because we — or others — deem our bodies unworthy.

For instance, maybe you avoid yoga, because you think you’re the wrong size to practice. Maybe you don’t buy new clothes because you’re waiting to lose weight (and don’t think you deserve to feel good). Or maybe you let others treat you like crap.

But we don’t need to earn our worthiness. It’s already there. Inside of us.

Here’s a powerful and oh-so-true quote from Geneen Roth from Women, Food and God (which appears in Susannah Conway‘s book, This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart.)

“It’s never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale.”

So consider one or several things you will give yourself permission for starting right now. What might feed your soul, your spirit, your body, your mind?

Here are some ideas:

If these ideas seem too big right now, just break them down. What can you give yourself permission to do today? What’s one small step you can take?

Maybe that’s to have a few minutes to yourself to meditate or write in your journal. Maybe that’s to eat and savor a favorite meal. Maybe that’s to move your body by doing an activity you actually enjoy. Maybe that’s to simply say, “Thanks, body.”

What will you give yourself permission for? 

P.S., Don’t forget that you have ’til Tuesday at 11 p.m. EST to enter to win a copy of Anna’s e-book. Learn more, and comment here.

Body Image Booster: Giving Yourself Permission



APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). Body Image Booster: Giving Yourself Permission. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2019, from


Last updated: 3 Feb 2014
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Feb 2014
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