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10 Body Positive New Year’s Resolutions | Treating Yourself with Kindness in 2021

December 13, 2020

10 Body Positive New Years Resolutions to Treat Yourself with Kindness in 2021

It happens every year… Christmas comes and goes, and conversation turns to one thing: new year’s resolutions. 

Instead of the usual new year’s resolution, this is the year you should take a different approach - be kinder to yourself. Your body has supported you through extremely difficult situations, especially in 2020. You are beautiful as you are, and you don’t need to change anything.

In this post, we’re sharing 10 alternative, self-care focused ideas for 2021 new year’s resolutions:

1. Set intentions each week

The act of setting intentions on a weekly (or daily) basis can allow you to focus your thoughts into actions. Different than a traditional goal, intentions are lived each day - they are the process you go through to reach an achievement.

So, instead of focusing on a big daunting goal, we recommend setting intentions - what do you want your week to look like? 

Some examples include: “Cook myself meals at home that I enjoy” and “create time in my day to connect with family and friends”. 

2. Start a meditation practice

Starting a mindfulness or meditation practice for the first time can feel really intimidating. Luckily, there are now apps like Calm and Headspace that make it really simple to get started. We like Headspace’s free “Take 10” program, as it really walks you through the basics. 

3. Reduce your social media use

limit your social media usage in 2021

Unsurprisingly, we are more tied to our phones than ever. If you feel like it might be affecting your overall mental health, we recommend trying some different tactics to set boundaries with scrolling social media:

  • If you have an iPhone app, you can set limits using the Screen Time app.
  • Identify the apps that suck you in the most (looking at you, TikTok), and delete them if they aren’t serving you.
  • Before you go to sleep, plug your phone in to charge overnight in another room. You may need to get an alarm clock for your bedroom, but this tip will help you avoid looking at your phone first thing after you wake up in the morning!

4. Get rid of your “other” wardrobe

Donate clothing that is no longer serving you

Those pants in the back of the closet - you know the ones. Get rid of them. 

Seeing these items in your closet can bring up feelings that are counterproductive to loving the body you are in; and donating the clothes that feel connected to another time (or emotion) can be extremely freeing.

5. Wear clothes you love

Society has told us time and time again that some trends “aren’t for you” and we’re here to say - that’s bullshit. If you love something and it makes you feel good, it’s for you to wear.

6. Put a stop to “well-meaning” comments

You know the ones - the comments from “well-meaning” friends, family, or strangers that inadvertently promote everything that’s toxic about modern day diet culture. Sure, it’s easier to let them slide, but putting a stop to them and letting that person know how you feel is also an act of service to someone else. 

Nutritionist Brenna O’Malley provides some great examples of how to respond to and shut down diet talk on the Alissa Rumsey Nutrition & Wellness blog.

7. Create new routines

There’s something that can be extremely calming about a routine - they create structure and give us a feeling of accomplishment. Here are some examples of new routines you could implement in 2021:

  • Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day
  • Reading the paper with coffee on Sunday mornings
  • Create a new nightly skincare routine to help you wind down from the day

8. Start a gratitude journal

Keeping a gratitude journal can have significant affects on your well being

There’s always something to be grateful for, and starting a gratitude journal serves as a reminder of just that. 

Also, there’s no one correct way to keep a gratitude journal, and you don’t need to do it every day for it to be effective. This is time for you to reflect on the people and things in your life that are important to you.

9. Find exercise that serves you

Exercise isn’t meant to be a punishment, so if you aren’t enjoying it, it’s time to try something else. Movement is a tool to help your body and mind feel good. So, if the treadmill isn’t your thing, then we recommend trying walks outside, hula hooping, or a yoga class online. The possibilities are endless!

10. Create a daily affirmation practice

It doesn’t always feel like it, but you’re doing great, and daily affirmations are a good reminder of that. 

A daily affirmation is a straightforward, positive statement about yourself - a goal in its completed state. This practice sounds really basic, but can have really impactful effects on your mental health.

Affirmations often start with “I” or “My” and are said in the present tense. Here are some of our favorite body positive affirmations:

  • “I am someone who deserves love and respect.”
  • “My body radiates kindness.”
  • “My well-being is the most important thing to me. I am responsible for taking care of me.”

We hope this article gave you some ideas of how to take a different approach to the traditional “new year’s resolution”. And we think it’s important to note that some people don’t like to set new year’s resolutions at all, and that’s cool too.

At The Scrunchie Club, body positivity and and fat acceptance are extremely important to us, but we’re humans who are still learning, so if you have any feedback about this post, we encourage you to reach out to us via email.