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Using your New Year’s Resolutions to Help with Bulimia Recovery

10 exciting resolutions that will help you with bulimia in the new year.

The holidays are hard for everyone and even more difficult when you’re struggling with bulimia. Make sure if you are fighting this disorder that you have a support system in place – family and friends can make all the difference in getting through this time of year. Better yet a strong support system to help with bulimia will have you enjoying yourself and sipping apple cider by the fire.

So, as the holidays wind down and the stress starts to lessen it’s time to start considering what next year is going to bring. New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to reflect on how your last year has been, and the changes you want to make for the future. You can mull over what struggles you’ve faced in bulimia recovery, and consider new things that might help you overcome them.

For now, let’s look at some New Year’s resolutions that I hope will inspire you to make your own, so that you get the most you can out of the upcoming year.

10 Ideas to Inspire your New Year’s Resolutions

1.) Keep a journal

Keeping a journal will help you to express and release some of the frustration you’re feeling day-to-day. It’s a private place for your thoughts and reflections, and if you use it as a gratitude journal and write down five things you’re grateful each day your focus will naturally be on what’s working in your life.

2.) Show people you care

Having a support system is vital to recovering from bulimia. As much as you depend on them, try to remember it’s nice for them to hear how much you care. So tell your family how much you love them, and your friends how much they’ve helped.

3.) Face yourself in the mirror each day

This can be the first step to learning to accept yourself, without criticism. Being comfortable with who you are on the outside will start naturally when you accept yourself from the inside.  Look at yourself each day and say to yourself positive affirmations such as “I’m a good person” or “I trust myself” or “I believe in myself and I am bulimia free”.

4.) Accept compliments

So often when you’re given a compliment it rolls around in your mind until you’ve picked it apart and it’s no longer resembles the nice words.  Instead it morphs and twists into something exactly the opposite, filled with questions and doubts. So, this year, try to accept a compliment for what it is. Appreciate it and say “thank you”.

5.) Start doing what you enjoy

Because we’re all addicts at heart, we can recognize we need a distraction, something to help us move beyond thoughts of binging, or fixating on our body parts. This year resolve to start something new. You can start painting, pick up that knitting project you’ve been thinking about, start an indoor herb garden, or write that story you’ve always wanted to write. Whatever it is you decide to do – enjoy it!  Do it because you love doing it and the more you do what you love, the better you’ll feel about yourself and your life.

6.) Find something about yourself you like every day

Make sure, while you’re getting help with bulimia, that you’re finding something about yourself that you like every day. Even if it’s something as small as, “I like that I got the dishes done today.” When you notice the little things you like about yourself, the big ones will start to follow.

7.) Make time for yourself

The world we live in seems so busy. Too often, it’s easy to feel like you’re being pulled in a thousand directions and forget to make time for yourself. However, when you’re recovering from bulimia personal time is even more important.  Find some way to make time just for you. Use it to take a long bubble bath, go for a walk, read a book, or whatever helps you to relax.

8.) Make lists

Lists can be a helpful tool when you’re getting help with bulimia. Make pro/con lists to help you weigh options when you need to make decisions.  Make lists of the people you can call instead of binging.  You can even make lists of the emotions you feel each day.  Make a list of the things you want to do in your life when bulimia is no longer weighing you down.

9.) Ask for help

Sometimes asking for help is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s important. If you’re struggling with emotional eating, or just having a rough day remember you can reach out for help.  People love being able to help you with bulimia.  Be it a friend, family member, or, if you feel you need professional or non-biased support, contact a counselor or therapist.

10.) Choose a new point of view

Changing the way you see life can help you to feel better. If you’re feeling pessimistic about yourself or a situation, changing the way you’re looking at it can help. For example instead of saying “this small apartment is driving me crazy,” remember something you really like such as, “the morning light makes it worth having a smaller apartment.”

We’d love to hear your intentions, goals or resolutions for the new year. Please feel free to provide comments below.