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catalyst conference project

  1. 1. My Project 1
  2. 2. Positive Thinking Practices
  3. 3. Journaling Take 5-10 minutes and write down as many positive things about yourself as you can. Think about your personality, abilities, and things you’re happy your body can do. Don’t stop writing until you run out of time, treat it like a brainstorm.
  4. 4. Replacing Negative Thoughts Spend however long you want (an hour, a day, a week) paying close attention to when you have negative thoughts about yourself. Do your best push aside the negative thoughts and replace them with a positive thoughts. Try to be as honest with yourself as you can.
  5. 5. Constructive Conversation Notice when those around you talk negatively about their weight or promote unhealthy dieting. Instead of engaging in that harmful conversation, try to say something positive about yourself or someone else in the conversation, change the topic, or find somebody more supportive to talk to.
  6. 6. Mindfulness Practices
  7. 7. Body Scan Take 5-10 minutes to do a “body scan”, focusing on each body part individually, from head to toe. Feel and appreciate their presence, strength, and ability. Notice where they are in space and relax each of your muscles. Pay attention to your breathing.
  8. 8. Mindful Eating Try to be present and non-judgemental when eating, and recognize that no food is objectively “bad”. Attempt to engage all of your senses, Savor your food and pay attention to how it makes your body feel as and after you eat it.
  9. 9. Other Resources For Teachers, Students, and Parents to Learn More
  10. 10. About Face About Face is a Bay Area based organization that holds workshops, events, and classes targeted towards female-identifying and non-binary teens. They focus on breaking down body ideals and racial stereotypes propagated by the media, and aim to empower and educate today’s youth. 10
  11. 11. Body Image Health The Healthy Bodies Curriculum is a detailed course curriculum developed by psychotherapist Kathy Kater that aims to restructure how we think about body image, especially in the classroom. Her website provides plenty of classroom activity ideas and other teaching tools to effectively begin to break down societal beliefs about weight and health. 11
  12. 12. UPIT School of Public Health This essay provides important background information about the development of negative body image in girls, and has many group activities drawn from various organizations that help students cultivate discussion about body image. Their curriculum (pgs 41-45) is quite well developed, While most activities are geared towards middle schoolers, many can be modified for high school students. 12
  13. 13. Headspace Headspace has lots of great follow-along meditation guides, including ones focused on body image, compassion, and self-esteem. 13
  14. 14. 14 Thank You!