The 4 Best Journal Prompts for Improving Your Relationship With Your Body
I have taken to the streets (of Instagram) to continue focusing my content on things YOU, fine readers, have requested. In my opinion, it doesn’t really make any sense to be creating content just for the sake of creating content - it needs to be something that you actually want to read. What a crazy concept, right?!
Recently, in my first Q + A post, I responded to a question about how I became body positive. It’s a long story (and definitely one I think warrants a full blog post), but the short version is: a lot of work. I was tired of hating my body. I looked at my entire life ahead of me, and the thought of being 90 and still fighting with what I looked like was just way, way, too depressing.
So, I dedicated a lot of energy and time to evolving my relationship with my body. It’s been, as you can imagine, a lot of work. It’s a roller coaster. If you’re a regular Donuts + Down Dog reader you won’t be surprised to know that one of the things that’s helped me the most has been journal prompts around this topic.
I have been asked a lot recently for more body positive (or body neutral, meaning just not negative) content, so that’s what you can expect to start seeing more of! It’s something I feel really stoked about. To start off, I wanted to share some of my favorite journal prompts for body positivity/neutrality. They’ve been invaluable to me.
To be fully transparent, these are the journal (or meditation) prompts that I use when I find myself spiraling into negative self talk. The inspiration from these prompts comes from things I’ve learned in therapy, studying up on body positivity/neutrality, and a lot of trial and error. Just like any self-work, this stuff is uncomfortable.
Each time I post these prompts on Instagram I always get a few messages that say “I can’t think of any answers” and it breaks my heart. But - there are so many fucking rad things about you and your body. Sit and stew on it a little bit. Do something that makes you feel awesome about yourself. For me, that means working out. For you it might mean reading a book, taking a nap, contemplating metaphysics, etc. Don’t stress about it. There are literally no wrong answers.
Give these prompts a chance. I’ve written about this before, but (if possible) try to keep your journal language positive or at least neutral. Avoid negativity. This is a practice in learning how to speak to yourself kindly, like you would to one of your best friends.
You don’t have to be body positive 100% of the time. In fact, it’s not super realistic. Something that’s more realistic is body neutrality (mentioned above!) which essentially means getting to a place where your relationship with your body is neutral: you are neither besties or enemies.
It goes without saying that I’m not a professional. This is just what has worked for me, and the type of prompts that help put me on tack. If you find yourself feeling triggered following these, stop!
If you use these prompts I would love to hear from you about your experience! Do you have any other journal prompts or body positive content that you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments below. You can also always reach me via email.