Let's drop the "New Year, new you" narrative.
I’ve already lost count of how many “join my diet” club invites I’ve had literally since Christmas Day morning along with those “New Year, New You” messages.
How about ...You are enough...just as you are...right now!
After years and years of forcing myself to try every diet going I came to realise that they don’t work for me and my mental well-being.
I need to be happy in my own body and to me that means enjoying my life without the punishing diet mentality. I am healthy, love moving and finding joy in being outdoors and that’s enough for me!
I’m all for growth and people deciding to make changes for themselves but this direct hit straight after Christmas can lead to so many women feeling under pressure to change just because we’re bombarded by adverts telling us we need to. Obviously we all want to be the best version of ourselves , especially as we age but that means something different to every individual. The danger is that post Christmas becomes a weapon for those in the diet industry to prey on those feeling most insecure about their bodies. This can lead to even more negative thoughts about our bodies as we are left feeling inadequate for society standards.
A survey carried out by Second Nature showed that 90% of people give up on their new year diet just 12 days into January, with 83% going on to gain back more weight than they lost, leaving people feeling worse about themselves than when they started.
If you’re struggling with the post Christmas pressure try and focus on the things that keep your head in a good space, protect your boundaries.
Here's a few ideas that might help-
- Getting outside for a long walk, fresh air and nature always give me a boost
- Spend time with those friends that always leave you feeling happier
- Switch off from social media
- Get lost in a book.
- Keep a journal
- Meditation, even just for 10 minutes every morning can really help
- Focus on the activities that you love
- Be kind to yourself, we don't have to be self improving every day. It's ok to have a down day and allow it pass.
What works for you?
Just remember “You are enough.. just as you are…right now!” ❤️