Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Introducing Bodacious Body Image Wednesdays + Ten Steps To Positive Body Image

Can you find it??
I have a file in my office where I keep a collection of activities and quizzes that promote Healthy Body Image. I've tried several of these throughout my own journey to a healthy body image, and I use some in my classrooms and in the media-literacy workshops I give in my volunteer work for About-Face. I've even shared a few on this blog (like HERE).

But few days ago I realized that this file folder filled with great body image activities and quizzes wasn't doing as much good as it ought to. So.... beginning this week I'm introducing:

Bodacious Body Image Wednesdays!

Every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, I'll be posting a new healthy body image activity or quiz for your enjoyment!  I'll also be building a "master list" on my new "BODY IMAGE ACTIVITIES & QUIZZES" page, up there in my navigation bar.

For today's activity - the very first of this new weekly series - let's start with something simple: the "Ten Steps To Positive Body Image" list from the National Eating Disorders Association.  I posted this list way back in August 2012, but want to bring it out again. So... Here it is, looking all artistic:

Anyone know the original source? I haven't been able to find it.

Step 1:
Download this image, file it, pin it, whatever works for you. You can also find a printable black-and-white PDF HERE.

Step 2: 
Read through the list and note any steps that particularly resonate with you.

Step 3: 
Take ONE step. (my favorites are #7, "Wear clothes that are comfortable...," and #9, "Do something nice for yourself...")

Step 4: 
Note how your ONE step made you feel. Consider taking a few more steps, time permitting!

Step 5:
Keep this list handy, either printed out in your home or workplace, or easily accessible on your computer or Pinterest account. Return to it OFTEN, particularly when experiencing what I call the "Body Image Blues." (otherwise known as a "Bad Hair Day" or an "I Feel Fat" feeling or an "I hate my [fill in the blank with a body part]" thought.

Step 6:
Share with others! Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, snail-mail, whatever!

And that's it!  

What do you think of my new Wednesday series? Do you have any great body image activities to contribute? I want to hear about them!


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  2. I really, really love this, thank you for sharing :)I am so excited to keep checking every Wednesday. Although I have to be honest, I'm a little worried I wont put in the effort to really get the best out of these resources. Then again, I guess in a way it would be doing something nice for myself. Anyway, I am going to do my very best :) I have written about it on my blog and the importance of these steps are starting to sink in for me

    1. Thanks Frankie! Don't worry about not being able to do everything I post... the point is to have these resources available to you for whenever you feel like you need them. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  3. Love it! As indicated found it just in time to share with some of my clients -- I'm going to post your link to my website: Thank you!

    1. Becky - I'm SO glad you're finding these resources helpful. Let me know if you have any feedback from clients that could help me make these posts even better.

  4. Speaking of #5 on the list--several years ago, I was reading a neat little book called, "Brenda's Wardrobe Companion," by professional image consultant, Brenda Kinsel. In there, she encouraged me to make a collage of people who inspire me. Her reasonings for asking readers to do this exercise were that she understood that there are many vulnerabilites that would come up for us around clothes. She wanted readers to have strength to draw upon, as they "practiced" building their personal style. As I continue to assemble my personal portfolio of the sheroes in my life, who I admire, I'm learning so much about how inspiring it is to be held and supported by those who are my kindred spirits--those who "get" me and personally delight in seeing me reach my highest potential. It has also taught me volumes about my preferences and authenticitiy I want to express in my life.

    1. Justine - what a gorgeous idea! I have a friend who is starting a "style makeover" as a New Years resolution, and I'm going to suggest this for her. Thank you for sharing!

  5. how beautiful it is i never feel bored on reading these posts.

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