The January post-binge panic
Christmas for most of us is a time for relaxing at home, going out with friends and saying yes to another slice of cake.
The January focus on slimming down and shaping up can just be a trap to making us feel bad if we’re not devoting all our time to calories counting or working out at the gym.
For a lot of us this means spending January feeling like failure.
Anxieties about eating
This can be difficult for anyone struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with food. With the world telling us to cut down or cut out, it’s easy to fall into extreme and dangerous eating habits.
Anyone who is dealing with an eating disorder, or has suffered from one in the past, can be left feeling overwhelmed during the month of January.
Putting too much pressure on ourselves to drastically change our diet or social habits can make January more stressful and miserable than it needs to be.
Being healthy and active is something we can aim for all year round. Somehow, the post-Christmas panic can make us forget we don’t need to cram every diet or fitness class into one month.
Instead of thinking about what you can’t have think about what you could have more of. It’s easy to forget while much of Christmas festivities revolve around food and drink, this is not the case once back in our daily routines.
Keeping a routine
It might seem like a complex plan will ensure January remains biscuit free. But often once back to work or study, we fall back into our normal eating habits.
Joining an exercise class or picking up a new sport should be an enjoyable experience. Finding an enjoyable way to be active means you’ll be more likely to keep it up.
Body image and eating patterns can be a sensitive areas for many of us. Try to avoid thinking that being healthy is about losing weight.
Talking about any anxieties around food is often a great way of relieving stress about them before damaging habits take hold. Many people have issues with food. It is not something you have to deal with on your own.
Learn to relax
Being healthy isn’t just about what you eat but about how you feel. Letting go of anxiety and allowing yourself to relax in January will set you up well for the rest of the year.