Bringing in the New Year a New Way!

on January 05, 2012

by Amy (Peer Support Worker for Eating Disorders)

It’s that wonderful time of year again when New Year’s resolutions invite us to think about the state of our lives and how we’d prefer them to be. This can be a time for healthy reflection and renewed dedication to our priorities. There’s a good chance that many of you will be making some diet or exercise related-resolutions for 2012. You might even be falsely thinking that being thin will magically transform your life with happiness, success, and control (stay tuned for my future blog post on this!).

But instead of making a diet or workout goal for 2012, try something new, something a little different! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Instead of making resolutions to “transform” your body, make one to transform your body image and self-acceptance. Consider doing a few things each week or month to boost your body image (check out our site: www.keltyeatingdisorders.ca for more resources on this!).

  • Resolve to appreciate yourself. Start with one compliment to yourself a day. Consider keeping a journal of daily compliments! How great it will be to read that by the end of 2012!

  • Consider keeping a journal of gratitude. You might write, “Today, I’m thankful that I had an awesome day with mom,” or, “I’m thankful that I kept a positive attitude, even though it was a rough day.” You can elaborate as much or as little as you want -- but resolve to write every day or at least a few times a week!

  • Look inward. Work on discovering your true life purpose.

  • Avoid making resolutions about weight. The number on the scale says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about your health! Instead, think of habits that contribute to your overall wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Be kind to yourself. Whatever resolutions you make, approach them with kindness to yourself. Hopefully you’re creating resolutions because you’d like to improve your life. Do that from a place of genuine kindness and self-care, not from a place of self-hatred and self-loathing.

  • When making resolutions, ask yourself, “Can I continue these resolutions long-term, as a lifestyle change? Are they truly good for me?”

  • Don’t try to create something you’re not. Many of us just won’t be able to get into a certain size – this is not an unfair limitation of life! Everyone’s shape is different – and equally beautiful!

  • Consider your motivations. Why are you striving for this change? Because society says you have to look a certain way? Make sure that the motivation for change is coming from a healthy place, that you genuinely want to accomplish these goals, and that you genuinely believe they’re healthy.

  • Resolve to find a therapist if you’re struggling with an eating disorder, food and/or body image issues. I can help you get started! Just email me here at keltycentre@bcmhs.bc.ca or give me a call 604-875-2084. Here’s an example of something you might say to yourself, “Before the week is over, I will call and schedule an appointment to begin seeing a therapist.” This is an example of a small but very meaningful task that can result in long-term change! If you already see a therapist, consider this instead: “In the next week, I will use at least one new support or coping skill that I’ve never tried before.” Examples include: attending a support group, journaling, or enrolling in art therapy.

  • Set up positive body image reminders. Consider what you love about yourself and write it down! If you’re feeling ‘blah’ and can’t think of anything, consider your favorite qualities or qualities that others have told you they love about you! Still not in the mood? Just write down something like “Smile!” or your favourite inspirational quote on a sticky-note and post it on your mirror, lunch bag, water bottle or forehead! 

What resolutions are you making this year? What ideas do you have for boosting your body image in 2012? I would love to hear them, so please send me an email! I wish everyone the happiest and healthiest in the New Year!

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