When we struggle with food, weight and body image issues we spend a lot of time ruminating in our heads. Women, in particular, are very hard on themselves; often chasing the ‘ideal body’ and being super hard on themselves when they are unable to achieve it. This often results in a preoccupation with their appearance, poorer body image and a cycle of dieting and unhealthy eating habits. One way to improve our body image is to work on creating a positive mindset, by providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviours. Try these body image healing journaling prompts to get out of your head and back into your body for more body confidence and self-love.

 

Journaling Prompts for Body Confidence and Self-Love

 

Journaling is a tool I ask my clients to use and I provide them with the appropriate questions or prompts to open up their curiosity about their struggles. Why and when are certain behaviours and thoughts happening?

How does this then impact your eating, moving your body and your life in general?

In an effort to change your mindset and habits with food and your body, I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: A pen and piece of paper can serve as a powerful healing tool.

What’s so good about journaling?

 

When you were a teenager, you might have kept a diary. You may have stopped using a diary once you reached adulthood. Now it’s called journaling, and same the concepts and benefits still apply.

 

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The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create and feel.

Therefore, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.

It happens because you allow your subconscious to surface and help you to heal what needs to be healed.

When you put pen to paper, you begin to unravel and open doors that remained closed for years, potentially decades. You begin to hear yourself, feel yourself and trust yourself more and more.

I particularly love it as it is hard evidence of where you started and how far you have journeyed to where you are now. You can see your progress in front of your eyes. This is particularly important for all those perfectionists out there that fail to notice their progress.

 

How does it help?

 

One of the ways to deal with any overwhelming emotion is to find a healthy way to express yourself. This makes a journal a helpful tool in managing your mental health. It’s simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. 

Writing often helped me to express what I hadn’t yet been able to say.

Through writing (and other strategies), I was able to slowly accept my body. Step by step, I began to be fascinated by what my body could do, and how it truly looked without my distorted view of it. 

Research also suggests that journaling benefits our health and wellbeing in many ways.

Journaling Tips

Try these tips to help you get started with journaling:

 

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  • Your journaling will be most effective if you do it daily. Five minutes is all it takes.
  • You will find that like anything new, it may take a little time to get into it. But it’s like a muscle. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Moreover, my clients love doing it once they get into it, as they can see the value in it.
  • Begin anywhere, and forget spelling and punctuation. No one else will see it. Privacy is key if you are to write uncensored.
  • Draw and scribble if you like. Being creative is important; particularly if you’re creative and you stopped that passion. It’s also a beautiful mindfulness tool.
  • Grab a beautiful notebook or journal, your favourite pen, a cup of tea and some quiet time for yourself where you can write.
  • Look at your journaling time as personal relaxation time. 
  • Write one prompt a day and then come back to them occasionally and reflect.

Here are 20 journal prompts to help you dig deeper,  improve your body confidence, self-love and happiness.

 

  1. Right now, my body needs…
  2. Right now, my mind needs…
  3. Right now, my soul needs…
  4. I am grateful that today my body helped me …
  5. When I think of my body, the first thought that pops into my head is … because …
  6. When I think of my body, the first thought I’d like to pop into my head is … because …
  7. I’d like to improve how I see and treat my body because …
  8. I feel best in my body when …
  9. I feel worst in my body when …
  10. I can be kinder to myself by …
  11. I believe I should eat … but what I really want to eat is …
  12. I believe I should do … but what I really want to do is …
  13. I believe I should wear … but what I really want to wear is …
  14. These are the five people, places, activities or things that make me happy …
  15. If my body were my best friend, I’d treat it with …
  16. The next time body-hate thoughts overwhelm me, I will soothe myself by …
  17. The most important thing I can ask my loved ones to do in supporting my body image is …
  18. Right now, I really need to get this off my chest …
  19. Today, I give myself permission to…
  20. Today, I can boost my body image by doing this one small thing …

Through writing, you will discover that your journal is an all-accepting, non-judgmental friend and it can massively impact the way you feel and treat yourself.

Make it a point to spend around 5 minutes reflecting every day and you will see your thoughts and attitude towards your body change. 

Here’s to more body confidence, self-love and happiness…you deserve it. 

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Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if this is something that you need help with.