We examine the toll that New Year’s resolutions can have on our self image and offer alternative ways to think about our bodies.
I hope that 2022 has been treating you well, or as well as possible.
I myself have felt a bit more tired than usual. I have often worried that the source of my feeling is Covid, but so far the few at home tests I’ve used have come back negative. And while that’s no guarantee and it’s quite possible that I will have it in the next few weeks (I have two children in school), I think my fatigue may in part be due to the reality that we find ourselves in, again. I am trying to find things to look forward to, and that has been helpful.
This year, instead of setting New Years resolutions I have instead thought about how I want to honor and care for myself and have tried to take baby steps in that direction. I have been walking a bit every day! I say a bit and I mean it, and I am still glad for the opportunity to move my body. I have also been enjoying small dance parties to the music from Encanto, which I would recommend. And I have been trying to make an effort to rest, which I would also recommend.
What I am not doing is dieting or “exercising” (yes, I know walking and dancing can be considered exercise, but I have an aversion to the word). I have been bombarded with messages about changing myself and changing my body, but instead I’m working on caring for my body and accepting it as it is. Our blog article is on the same topic, and if you’re needing some help in the area, I hope you check it out and if you need more help, we are here to offer it.
Saba Harouni Lurie
On The Blog
Every year we receive countless messages about setting “new year resolutions” and embracing the idea of: “new year, new you.” The pressure to start a new diet or exercise routine at the beginning of the year is something we all know well. We are inundated with emails and targeted marketing telling us that the new year is a time for transformation, a time to really commit to exercise, dieting, or both. We are encouraged to shed all of the worst parts of ourselves from the prior year including, in many cases, any weight we may have gained and to become newer, better, thinner versions of ourselves…
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