It's 2019 and everyone is talking about their new year's resolutions. A lot of people have new year goals to lose weight or be healthier or exercise more. Many of these goals are related to achieve the physique society has defined to be attractive. Instead of trying to change our image, we should focus on what we're thankful for. Since we often focus on our negatives, we lose sight of our positives.
Imagine if we obsessed about the things we loved about ourselves.
Many people are going on different diets to try to lose weight. I've heard of friends going on no-sugar diets or no-carbs diets. Diets don't actually work as people usually regain all the weight they have lost after a few years. Dieting is the number one risk factor of developing an eating disorder. So this year, instead of thinking about the number on the scale, think about new hobbies you can explore.
Diet talk is going to be all around us and we can't avoid it, but we can control how we let the conversations affect us. We can always exit the situation to get some distance. Don't let these diet talks become a trigger. I understand that it's hard to do so when people around you are talking about skipping breakfast to fit in a dress or trying the latest diet pills. But we just have to identify those triggers before the conversations continue.
“I think the hardest part to get to is that point of asking for help or reaching out to other people and being honest with yourself.” - Mary-Kate Olsen
We should always reach out to someone who understands. We might think that suppressing our feelings and ignoring our thoughts are easier, but in the long term it only makes things worse. Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, it shows courage. It's so hard to reach out as we often convince ourselves that we aren't sick enough and we don't need help. But we have to remember that people can't read our minds and they can't always tell when we're struggling. We have to take that leap and reach out when we need it. So talk to someone, talk to a friend or family member to start.
This blog is a platform to raise awareness for eating disorders. We'll be posting on topics related to eating disorders. These are our personal opinions on eating disorders and a disclaimer that we're not therapists. We are just trying to shed light on eating disorders and express our opinions by sharing our experiences.