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 your 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 I’m not writing I feel an awareness that something’s missing. If I go a long time, it becomes worse. I become depressed. There’s something vital that’s not happening…”
This is a quote from author Jennifer Egan on why she writes (from the book Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How And Why They Do What They Do).
“If writing were illegal, I’d be in prison. I can’t not write. It’s a compulsion. When the sentences and the story are flowing, writing is better than any drug. It doesn’t just make you feel good about yourself. It makes you feel good about everything,” says author David Baldacci in response to the same question.
Knowing your “why” keeps you motivated, especially when writing doesn’t feel so magical, when, instead, it feels painstaking, every word a struggle.
Knowing your “why” is also important when it comes to building a more positive body image, taking better care of yourself and reconnecting to your body.
Because on some days, inevitably, like everything else, it’ll feel like a struggle. A slog through mud.
Knowing your “why” helps you keep going when you think to yourself, what the hell is the point? Why not just go on another diet? Why not focus on losing weight? Why not bash my big thighs?
Here are a few reasons to get you started:
- Because my body does so much for me.
- Because dieting disconnects me from my body and myself.
- Because dieting doesn’t work, anyway.
- Because the inner critic is just a bad habit, which can be unlearned.
- Because stepping on the scale dictates my day, whether it’s in a good or bad way, it still means I’m chained to a machine.
- Because taking care of myself feels good.
- Because making myself a priority gives me more energy to help others.
- Because what I’ve been doing so far isn’t working.
- Because I’d like to try.
- Because I want my daughter to appreciate her body, too.
- Because I have needs and wants that deserve to be met.
- Because talking about my weight with friends doesn’t bond us; it damages us, and our relationships.
- Because a healthy relationship with myself is the foundation for all my relationships.
Connecting to our deeper reasons for improving our body image and building a healthier relationship with ourselves helps us stay the course. It reminds us of all the powerful reasons we’re trying to change the status quo.
Because the status quo probably isn’t working. It probably isn’t nourishing. It actually doesn’t help us feel better. It doesn’t serve us.
But a positive body image certainly will.
What is your “why”?