It doesn’t come as a surprise anymore that it’s been almost a year since the pandemic started. And even though those difficult times mean stress, lack of motivation, and even depression or anxiety for each of us, the only thing that was missing is, of course, worrying about gaining weight.
Believe me, you have more important things to worry about.
As somebody who managed to overcome an eating disorder, which was far from simple, I can tell you that obsessing over the way your body looks will get you nowhere. Constantly focusing on losing weight won’t make you happier, especially if your methods are the wrong, unhealthy ones. Staying in shape to avoid becoming a sedentary person due to quarantine is another thing but don’t even consider starving yourself or overworking your body. You don’t owe it to anybody to look like a catwalk model. Looking pretty at all times is not the price you pay to live in this world.
Remember that we are in a pandemic.
A pandemic that is messing with your mental & emotional health. You don’t need to lose that quarantine weight, you only need to get in touch with yourself again. When’s the last time you did something you actually enjoy, just for yourself? It’s fine if it’s taking you a bit longer to answer this. Just know that taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body and that the free time you got on your hands isn’t meant only for productive activities and overthinking.
We’re one month away from a new year. Don’t make losing weight your resolution.
Take a moment to imagine something. Would’ve 2020 been a better year if you were skinnier? Think about all the stress and trauma your body’s been through and still hasn’t fully processed yet. If you’re already on the ground, why kick yourself? You have the power to take this social pressure off yourself and redirect your attention to what really needs fixing. And that’s not your body. Because your body is fine just the way it is.
So what if your tummy got a little bigger?
It’s a well-known fact that eating can be a coping mechanism. We’ve all been there at some point. Bad breakup? Ice cream, weird fast food combination, and cheesy movies. Stressful, exhausting day? Pizza on the couch. Pandemic? Basically everything you can find in the fridge.
I’m not saying overeating is the right way to go. The main point is that you shouldn’t feel guilty about indulging in food. Do you think those Instagram models survived in this pandemic only by eating salads and running on the treadmill?
Be gentle with yourself, gaining a few pounds doesn’t bring on the apocalypse.
Next time you get on that scale, do it with a smile on your face. Hug your body, your curves, everything you hate about yourself. Know that you’re beautiful either way and that right now, what you need is to heal, to find your peace again, and do what brings you joy. Remember that your life can end anytime and that right now, millions of people from all around the world are struggling to stay alive. So be grateful for being healthy and safe. I don’t mean to compare hardships, but others really do have it worse. A lot worse.
On a less serious note, I am going to quote the Kardashians because sometimes, they actually have a point: ”Kim, there’s people that are dying!”.