So often, when the new year rolls around and it’s time to set your goals and intentions for the upcoming 12 months, it can be tempting to jump straight to weight- and appearance-related targets. “I want to lose X number of kilos,” or “I want to workout 5 days a week,” or “I want to drop two dress sizes,” are all too common unfortunately. The problem with these external-focused goals is: They’re very rarely fulfilling, sustainable, or even healthy…
Think about it… How many times in your life have you wanted to get to a specific weight, only to reach your goal and think, “Okay, that’s done, so now I guess if I lose another X kgs, then I’ll be happy with how I look.” The problem with aesthetic goals is that they Never make you happy, and in failing to do so, they’re inherently unhealthy. They make you feel worse about yourself and less capable, and who wants 2022 to be like that? Do you really want to be set up for failure, unhappiness, and self-loathing in 2022?
Instead, let’s switch things up… You can focus on your health WithoutYou will need to quantify it or define healthy based on your weight, body size, and appearance. You can strive to be happier and healthier. Without setting goals around your body. In fact, we’ve come up with a bunch of healthy resolutions to inspire you to make 2022 a healthy AndIt will be a fulfilling year. It is possible Your year!
1. Prioritise rest.
It is so important to rest when it comes down to our health. We’re always force fed the narrative that more workouts means faster results, or “no pain, no gain.” But these ideas are completely inaccurate. They not only make you believe rest is unproductive, weak and lazy, but they also ignore the crucial importance of rest for your mind and body.
If you’re not getting enough rest, and allowing your body to recover from all it endures each day, then sooner or later you’re going to crash… Your petrol tank can’t run on empty forever. You’ll feel fatigued, drained, lacking in energy, unable to be present with loved ones… Not a fun time.
Instead, make rest a priority. You should set aside time each week to recharge. Whether that looks like heading to bed early, spending a day of your weekend watching Netflix on the couch, or even ensuring you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night without fail, add your rest time to your calendar or diary, like you would any other commitment. Then, stick with it. Simple. You wouldn’t negotiate or skip any other events in your diary – so don’t skip your rest either!
Rest isn’t lazy. In fact, it’s incredibly productive, and endlessly important. In 2022, make rest a priority.
2. Tune back in to your body.
How can you reconnect with yourself this year? How can you make space to listen to your body’s needs, and actively work to meet those needs?
After a long period, you can easily disconnect your mind from your body by eating disorderedly and other bad habits. The constant malnourishment and punishment of your body means you learn to ignore its needs, and therefore constantly deny it what it’s craving.
But what if you could turn it around and learn how to listen again?
Next time you are up at dawn to go for a vigorous workout, pause and think about how your body feels. Are you feeling energized? Or should I just sleep in and cancel my exercise this morning?
Next time you hear the voice of an eating disorder in your head telling you to stop going back for seconds, think about how your body feels. Do I need more energy or nourishment? How can I give that to my body
Your body needs the nutrients and energy to thrive. This may seem more difficult than it sounds, especially after long periods of denying your body the nutrition it needs. So be patient with your body. You can learn to be stronger than the voice in your head and give your body all it needs to be healthy and strong.
Always be in touch with your body and yourself, and pay attention to your body’s needs and responses. This will take some time, but it is possible. You can choose to resist the urge to deny your body what it needs by being stronger than a disordered voice. Prioritize giving your body the nourishment and rest it craves. Because it deserves it.
3. You should be looking for joy and not punishment.
It’s time to rethink your workout routine… Be honest with yourself: why do you exercise? Is it to “earn” your food, or burn it off? Do you want to appear a certain style? To help you achieve a particular aesthetic? To prevent weight gain?
If the answer to any of these was yes, it’s time to shift that mindset… Stop everything you’re doing in your current routine, and try moving for the joy of it. You should feel free, intuitive, and joyful when you move. If you can move in alignment with your body’s needs, and out of a desire to feel energised and fulfilled, you’ll experience exercise very differently.
There is no need to workout until you’re dripping in sweat, busting a lung, or feel as though you’ll never breathe normally again. This is the truth NotA good workout is the mark of a successful one. A successful workout should leave you feeling motivated, energized, revitalised, and in tune to your body.
So rethink how you’re moving in 2022. Can you swap higher intensity sessions to movement that feels more aligned with your recovery goals and your body’s needs, like yoga? Can you have more rest days? Or can you include more stretching and active healing?
Change your motivation to move, and you’ll feel the difference.
4. Accept the fact that you might have to say no.
2022 is the year for defining boundaries. Boundaries can be difficult and frightening to set, especially when you are surrounded by people you love. But they’re actually an act of love and respect. By setting a boundary, you’re communicating your needs and asking your loved ones to meet those needs, instead of allowing resentment and miscommunication to grow and threaten your relationships.
In many contexts, saying no and setting boundaries are important. For you, this might look like setting boundaries around topics of conversation you’re uncomfortable discussing, like food, your eating habits, trending diets, clothing and so on. It might look like learning to say no to things that don’t make your soul smile. It could be setting boundaries about your time and obligations to your family.
Whatever your experience, accept the discomfort and set a boundary that is firm and compassionate. Don’t ever compromise on your boundaries or feel guilty for setting them. Instead, feel empowered!
5. Fill your cup first
Do you find yourself prioritizing the needs of your loved one over your own? If so, you’re not alone. Whether you’re a people-pleaser, perfectionist, or simply extremely selfless, putting the needs of others above your own may Seem like an act of love and generosity… But it’s actually not healthy fOr you orFor your loved ones.
To fill the cups and be there to help them in any way they need, you first have to fill your own cup. Ever heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup?” If you’re feeling burnt out, drained, unseen or ignored, you can’t expect to be able to show up and support your friends and family.
You can set aside some time to fill your own cup and add things that you enjoy. YouYou can bring joy and pleasure to your life. It should be a priority. Whether it’s taking a hot bath, getting your nails done, hanging out with friends, watching a movie alone, going for a swim… whatever it may be for you, take the time to fill your cup first.
6. Keep in touch with your loved ones.
Eating disorders and recovery can be lonely and isolating, there’s no denying it. Whether you feel ashamed of your experience, or you can’t bring yourself to communicate and reach out to your loved ones, this can make the experience even more challenging.
Be brave in 2022. Reach out. Connect with people who bring joy to you and make you feel loved.
Even if you feel the voice telling you to run and hide, don’t. You are stronger than that voice. Spend time every week or as often as possible to connect with the people you love. While it might seem daunting or overwhelming initially, once you move past the discomfort and focus on being present and truly connecting, you’ll benefit immensely. You’ll find it uplifting, fulfilling, joyful and motivating. Because there’s nothing more beautiful in life than the people who share it with you.!
Here are six resolutions that will help you live a happier, healthier, and more balanced life in 2022. This year, make it a priority to your mind and body and your recovery. And, work towards joy, happiness, and freedom in all aspects of your life!
We are looking forward to welcoming the new Year and all that it holds, as well as supporting you in your recovery journey, however it may appear over the next months.