A girl with too many thoughts...

Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year, New You?

Happy New Year!

I just thought I would write a quick post to mention a few things I've been thinking about over the past few days. At this time of year, there is an awful lot of talk (especially on social media) of new year resolutions and so forth. This is all great and I love the idea of setting myself challenges, but I also want to remind you (and myself) that there is no need to put yourself under tons of pressure to fulfil these goals.

Setting goals is great and it's a way that we can progress in our lives and gain a sense of achievement. However, I think there is a fine line between setting yourself healthy challenges and overwhelming yourself with unrealistic expectations. This whole 'new year, new me' ideology can make some people feel under pressure to become a brand new, better version of themselves in the new year, but nobody can change over night.

Therefore, if like me you are vulnerable to these sorts of pressures, I want you to know that it is okay if you don't miraculously change in 2017. You don't need to be cured from your mental illness, you don't need to become ridiculously toned, you don't need to stick to a strict food or exercise regime, you don't need any of that. All you need is to carry on being you and continue taking small steps in the right direction.

Also, I know this time of year can be difficult for sufferers of eating disorders. It seems like everybody is talking about going on a 'January detox' or losing weight. But you must continue focusing on what's best for you, not other people. If what is healthy for you is to gain weight and eat more, then that's what you should concentrate on in the new year. I know it's hard (really I do) but try and ignore talk of diets, weight loss and detox over the coming months and keep in mind what your goal is (which is hopefully to become healthier, even if that means gaining weight).

I hope you enjoy your evening, whatever your plans may be and that 2017 treats you well.

Thanks for reading.


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