January has arrived, and sure enough, it’s that time of year when everyone loves to decide on those all-important New Year resolutions. Naturally, it’s only fitting that January is “National Healthy Weight Awareness Month”. But did you know that it’s also “Mental Wellness Month”?
Without a doubt, most people include weight loss or fitness on their list, only to give up their resolve a few weeks, or even days, into their regimen. While pursuing a weight loss regimen/program, many people forget that there are psychological aspects that factor into each individual’s progress and success. Healthy weight management and emotional well-being always go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. Studies have shown that individuals who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other forms of chronic stress find it more difficult to lose weight, even though they might be following a strict diet. This is mainly due to emotional eating (Talbot et al, 2013). Most people don’t know that PTSD affects more than those in the military…it is often found in those who suffer from severe physical or psychological abuse, as well.
But even without extreme cases of stress, each one of us is more prone to weight gain if our minds are not at peace. Often times, societal ‘norms’ encourage us to think that we’re too fat, too skinny, or even unattractive. However, it’s crucial to remind ourselves that the most important thing is not a number, or what others think. Finding your ideal weight involves several factors including your physical and emotional health.
Do you have diabetes? If so, it’s going to be harder to lose the weight due to insulin production, so it will be important to eat foods helpful to your condition. Do you live in a stressful environment? Maybe you lost your job recently, or are dealing with various circumstances that worry you day and night. If your body is stressing out, you’ll need to find ways to help calm down before trying to lose the weight. Using techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or journaling will help guide you to successful weight management that is relevant for your life.
This month, we’ll have several books on display in the Rotunda that will address both weight management and mental wellness. If you want to start the year off the right way, start now by looking into the materials we’ve selected for you. Remember, there are many factors involved in healthy weight loss, and managing your mental wellness plays a huge part in it, whether its relieving chronic stress, improving your self-esteem, or learning how to modify your diet due to a medical condition. So this time around, in 2016, don’t throw in the towel so easily. Come in and see all the resources that will help you keep your resolutions, so they become a new lifestyle for you, and not just a ritual that comes and goes.
Talbot, L. S., Maguen, S., Epel, E. S., Metzler, T. J., & Neylan, T. C. (2013). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is associated with emotional eating. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(4), 521-525. doi:10.1002/jts.21824
JANUARY BOOKS ON DISPLAY
Body Blues: weight and depression by Weeldreyer, Laura (616.852 WEE)
The Ultimate weight solution: the 7 keys to weight loss freedom by McGraw, Phil (WEST 613.25 MCG)
Within: a spiritual awakening to love & weight loss by Sadeghi, Habib (613.25 SAD)
Good girls don’t get fat: how weight obsession is screwing up our girls and what we can do to help them thrive despite it by Silverman, Robyn J.A. (J PA 649.133 SIL)
Love me slender: how smart couples team up to lose weight, exercise more, and stay healthy together by Bradbury, Thomas N. (613.25 BRA)
The pound a day diet: lose up to 5 pounds in 5 days by eating the foods you love by DiSpirito, Rocco (613.25 DIS)
Younger (thinner) you diet : how understanding your brain chemistry can help you lose weight, reverse aging, and fight disease by Braverman, Eric R. (613.25 BRA)
The feel-good diet : the weight-loss plan that boosts serotonin, improves your mood, and keeps the pounds off for good by Hart, Cheryle R. (613.25 HAR)
The 22 non-negotiable laws of wellness: feel, think, and live better than you ever thought possible by Anderson, Greg (158.1 AND)
Spontaneous happiness by Weil, Andrew (613 WEI)