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15 Body-Loving Resolutions for the New Year

I wanted to share a post here that I wrote for my bodywork clients. I think it applies to all of us, and hope you will find it encouraging.

We all want the best of ourselves. We want to do our best, look our best, perform our best. So it’s natural to make goals that we hope will bring us closer to our own ideals. This isn’t a bad thing! But what often happens is that we inadvertently pick up other peoples’ standards and pin our self worth on achieving those.

At the start of the new year, we often make resolutions that are a reaction to what we dislike about ourselves. I don’t think this is loving or constructive. Too often, these goals revolve around dieting and becoming thin. I’m afraid I have some bad news: becoming thin will not make you happy or more valuable. And punishing your body into submission will not make you love it more. So why make these your top priorities? Our bodies are always (always!) doing their best for us. We don’t need to beat them into submission– we need to practice gratitude and do our best to nourish and protect them so they can keep on helping us live life to the fullest. So how about some body positive alternative resolutions for the new year?Body-Positive Resolutions

Here are 15 Body-Loving Resolutions for the New Year

  1. I will stop using numbers (weight, clothing size, inches) to influence my sense of self-worth.
  2. I will never talk about food or body shapes/ appearances (including my own) negatively in front of children and I won’t let others in my presence do so, either.
  3. I will remove morality-related words from the way I talk about food (like sinful, naughty, bad, guilty etc.).
  4. I will eat for nourishment and pleasure, without guilt.
  5. I will find ways of moving my body that feel pleasurable to me.
  6. I will rest when my body needs it.
  7. I will respond to my body’s messages when I am in pain– I will get bodywork or a massage, take a hot epsom salts bath, stretch, take it easy, etc.
  8. I will eat when I am hungry.
  9. I will get more sleep– which means I will have to make it a priority in my busy life.
  10. I will purge my closet of all of the clothes that no longer fit me or that don’t make me feel good when I wear them.
  11. I will not say mean things to myself about my body. And if I do, I will apologize and find something honest and kind to say.
  12. I will express gratitude for all of the things my body does for me every day.
  13. I will accept compliments instead of deflecting them, simply saying “Thank you.”
  14. I will try new ways of taking care of my body– from seeing a chiropractor to getting acupuncture or scheduling a bodywork session.
  15. I will help others to relax and enjoy their bodies by showing them love and acceptance, and modeling this in the way I talk about and treat my own body.

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8 Responses to 15 Body-Loving Resolutions for the New Year

  1. lindaspiker January 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    I just purged my closet and it felt great! Love these tips. Especially expressing gratitude!

  2. foodhuntersguide January 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    LOVE!!! This is so very important!!

  3. Lindsey Dietz January 28, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    I was going to pick out a few of my favorites, but I’m in love with this entire list! Such meaningful things to remember in a culture that focuses on physical beauty and size.

  4. Ritta January 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    Very good point. I totally agree with you!

  5. Jessica January 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Love all the points. It’s so important to be comfortable in your own skin.

  6. RecipestoNourish January 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this! #2 especially resonates with me. This is just beautiful Ariana, thank you for spreading these body-loving resolutions and affirmations.

  7. In this day and age, it is so easy to dislike your body especially as you age. Since I went through menopause I feel like I have a tire around my middle that weighs be down literally. I have to remind myself that my body may be telling me something–maybe how I am eating or not sleeping enough is causing the “tire.” So, I agree. I should express more gratitude for this body. We have made it together for sometime.

  8. Cate March 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Ah, so, so lovely. Beautifully put. Thank you for sharing.

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