7 Body Positivity TED talks with Journal Prompts
Body image is something so many women struggle with today. Society has very strict messages on what we should be, other people can be very rough and of course, we are very hard on ourselves.
Some of us feel too skinny, some too fat, some too short, some too tall, breasts too small, breasts too big. The list goes on. We all have our own negative story we struggle with.
In order to overcome our body image issues, we must first focus more on our mind rather than trying to 'fix' our bodies. Then we must focus on taking actions that make us feel good rather than what we think we look like.
To help you on your body positivity journey I have collected 7 TED talks about body positivity with journal prompts so you can really dive into their messages and get the most value from them.
It's a lot to take in at once. The best way to take this in is in a 7-day challenge! Either bookmark this page or sign up for our newsletter and receive our 7-Day body positivity challenge sent straight to your inbox over the coming week. Plus you will get a free subscription to Your Best Self Magazine!
WARNING: Some of the topics covered here include self abuse and sexual assault.
Body Positivity or Body Obsession? Learning to See More & Be More by Lindsay Kite at TEDx Salt Lake City
"You are worth more than how you look"- Lindsay Kite
Monday's Journal Prompts:
- Has your body image ever stopped you from doing something you love or trying something new?
- How do you feel about your body?
- How many times a day do you think about your appearance?
- How active are you on a scale of 1 to 10 (1= sit down most of the day, 10 = very active all day)
- "Your body is an instrument". What do you wish that your body could DO?
- What is one thing you can (and will) do this week to challenge your body image and start on the path to body image resilience?
Body Image: Not Just About Your Body by Jessi Kneeland at TEDx Onondaga Community College
"Your body has always been fighting for you and not against you"
- Jessi Kneeland
Tuesday's Journal Prompts:
- Write a list of triggers that make you feel unsafe in your own skin.
- What are the body image obsessions that you use to make yourself feel safe?
- What emotions do you use to protect yourself that you need to work through?
- Write a letter to your body. Apologize for the abuse you have inflicted on it, thank it for being with you all these years, acknowledge your scars, wrinkles, cellulite and any other imperfections that you focus on, make a promise to your body to look after it and love it properly from now on. Write down what you will start doing to properly care for your body and how you will start to work through the negative emotions that have caused you to neglect or punish your body in the past.
Have You Hated Your Body Enough Today? by Michelle Elman at TEDx Convent Garden Women
"Do you know what anti-aging is? Dying. The alternative to aging is literally dying. Aging is a privilege."
- Michelle Elman
Wednesday's Journal Prompts:
- Have you ever heard anyone you admire say something negative about their body?
- How did this make you feel?
- Imagine you were in hospital like Michelle. Who and what is most important to you?
- Have you ever made excuses for your body?
- When have you cursed your body when it was really helping you?
- What would you do if you didn't think about your appearance?
Reclaiming my body and finding true love by Carré Otis at TEDx FiDi Women
"I began to realize I was my best friend. I was my best date. I was the provider for everything I had once thought only someone or something else outside of me could provide for."
- Carré Otis
Thursday's Journal Prompts:
- Take a moment to write down any emotions this talk brought up for you.
- Have you ever had a love affair with yourself?
- What would your perfect date with yourself look like? Think self love. Food, bubble bath, massage etc
- List three things you will do this coming week to look after your body?
Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad For You by Meaghan Ramsey at TED
"Low body confidence is undermining academic achievement... and we don't grow out of it. Women who think they're overweight, regardless of whether they are or not, have higher rates of absenteeism."- Meaghan Ramsey
Friday's Journal Prompts:
- What would our society and economy look like if low body confidence wasn't an issue?
- If a friend started talking to you about their body in a negative way. What do you say? Do you tell them they are beautiful then join in with your own body image issues?
- Now challenge the status quo. Re-write your answer without talking about yourself in a negative way.
- Take Responsibility! Have you ever said or written anything negative about someone else looks?
- Pledge time! I (insert name here) will make a conscious effort to focus on what people do instead of how they look. I will think about how my words could affect someone before I open my mouth or press send. (insert date here).
- Educate! Help us move towards that body-loving society. Share this body positive challenge with at least one female friend or relative.
Looks Aren't Everything. Trust Me. I'm A Model. By Cameron Russell at TED
"And if you ever are wondering, "If I have thinner thighs and shinier hair, will I be happier?" you just need to meet a group of models, because they have the thinnest thighs, the shiniest hair and the coolest clothes, and they're the most physically insecure women probably on the planet."- Cameron Russell
Saturday's Journal Prompts:
- How often do you think: 'If my body was just (fill in gap here) I would be happy'?
- List at least 10 things that make you happy now.
- How many of those can your body do without being any different than in it is right now?
- Make a plan to do one thing on your list of happy things everyday for the next 10 days.
How Do You Define Yourself? By Lizzie Velasquez at TEDx Austin Women
"Use that negativity that you have in your life to make yourself better. because I guarantee you, guarantee you, you will win... Brave starts here."- Lizzie Velasquez
Sunday's Journal Prompts:
- What defines you? Who are you? What defines you as a person?
- Like Lizzie did for her lack of eye-site in one eye and her inability to gain weight. Find the silver lining in your life. Take your body hang-ups and find something good about them
- You are in charge of the direction of your own life. You decide what road to take? Which one are you going to take?
- What are your life goals that you want to define you?
CONGRATULATIONS YOU MADE IT!
Developing a positive body image takes a lot of work and focus. By completing this challenge you have taken a step in the right direction to achieve a positive body image.
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