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Writing Lists for a Better Body Image and Well-Being, Part 2

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In May I penned this piece about the different lists we can create for helping us build a more positive body image, practice compassionate self-care and boost our well-being. Today, I’m sharing a list of other lists, which I hope you find helpful!

I love writing lists because they help to simplify overwhelming things — like feelings, worries, projects, making positive changes in our lives. Lists make the abstract ideas floating around my head more tangible, more doable.

Without further ado, here’s a list of lists you might create to support yourself:

  • Why I’m not stressing out about silly “bikini season.”
  • Foods I love and meals I’ll make to nourish myself.
  • Ways I’m building self-trust every day.
  • What empowers me…to make positive changes in my life, to stand up for myself, to love my body, to not get caught up in our thin-obsessed culture, and so on.
  • The different parts of self-love, as defined by me and maybe inspired by a few others.
  • Things I want to do this summer, including books I’d like to read (I put a few of these on my wish list).
  • What I criticize myself for regularly, and a few ways I plan to practice self-compassion instead.
  • Three things I need right now.
  • My intentions for every room in my home.
  • All the “shoulds” I’m finally relinquishing.
  • How I’ll take exquisite care of myself from now on.
  • What I’d love to learn today and in the future.
  • What I’m finally embracing about my body.
  • Things I can do every day to move past my comfort zone.
  • Reasons I don’t need to get on the scale.
  • 50 things that inspire me…to create, to take care of myself, to take it easy, to try, to explore, to wonder and wander.
  • My top therapists to call and interview.
  • Why I can love my body right now, exactly as it is.
  • Fun activities I’d like to try for moving my body.
  • What I’ve learned so far in my life.
  • Important reminders for tough times.
  • The challenges I want to take on, and how I’ll navigate them.
  • What I think about when I’m alone — and what I think this means.
  • The habits, hobbies, people, places, passions, foods, fun things that contribute to my well-being.
  • The many things I’d like to create — maybe even for 100 days!
  • Doctors appointments I need to make for the year.
  • Why I am worthy. Always. Even on the days I forget.

 Do you like to make lists? What kind of lists have you made? What lists will you make?

Writing Lists for a Better Body Image and Well-Being, Part 2

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2015). Writing Lists for a Better Body Image and Well-Being, Part 2. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from


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