The holidays are over and a new year is upon us. And the new year means its time to make New Year’s Resolutions! If you’re someone who doesn’t like to make resolutions, that’s totally okay. But if you’re one of the many who make the same promise every year to lose weight, eat healthier, or finally take control of your binge eating, I’d like to propose that you ditch the same old resolutions this year!
At the root cause of emotional eating, is unexpressed and unprocessed emotions. While it’s great to work towards a healthier body, if you struggle with emotional eating, you’re more likely to benefit from focusing on your emotional health this new year instead! When we address our underlying issues, we begin to heal our emotional eating. We need to be emotionally healthy to also be physically healthy.
So here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Emotional Health that I’d encourage you to consider this New Year:
1. Meditate Daily
Meditation has been linked with an increase in positive emotions. Time spent in stillness, silence and focusing on the present moment can unplug you from the busyness of your life and reset your mind and body. Spend 10 to 30 minutes in meditation every day and notice how it can help you gain a new perspective, shift your mood, process your emotions and renew your energy.
2. Express Gratitude Daily
Taking the time each day to reflect on the things that you are grateful for can help you maintain a positive outlook on life and thus manage emotional eating. When you choose to focus on positive things, such as relationships, good health, safety and security, you can come closer to a state of joy and satisfaction. Spend a few minutes each day writing about one thing that you are grateful for and why you are grateful for it.
3. Sit with Your Emotions
In order to manage emotional eating, you need to sit with your emotions rather than run away from them. When we fight our emotions – by pushing them away, avoiding them, or using food to forget them – we actually amplify the negative emotions making it worse in the long run. While perhaps uncomfortable, sitting with your emotions is the only way to process and release them. To sit with your emotions, note what you’re experiencing without judging yourself. Then, validate your emotions by accepting them.
4. Develop a Self-Care Routine
Self-care is one of the fundamental practices for managing emotional eating. Many of us get so wrapped up in our busy day-to-day schedule that we forget to pause and take care of ourselves. One easy way to make a self-care routine is to set aside 10 minutes for yourself every morning or evening. Whether it’s taking a bath every night before bed or reading quietly with your morning coffee, prioritize taking care of you first!
5. Invest in Personal Relationships
Relationships play an important role in our mental and emotional health. As social creatures, personal relationships provide us with companionship, love, intimacy and social support. Feeling connected to your loved ones makes you happier, more secure and feel supported. When you have fulfilling personal relationships, you are less likely to struggle with emotional eating.
These 5 suggestions are great resolutions to improve and support your emotional health this year. Whatever you choose to work on, remember to keep resolutions small and manageable.