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No-Year's Resolutions

By: Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator

Posted on January 04, 2021

1.4.2021 blog post headerIf you follow us on Instagram, you likely saw our post last month in December 2020 about making "NO-Year's Resolutions." A NO-Year's Resolution stops us from setting overwhelming lofty goals we'll likely forget in a few weeks, or just feel guilty about for not reaching.

This helps us to instead reflect on ways to better live out our values, seek out experiences that bring us joy, and create lasting memories with those we care for. So, if you're looking to set a NO-Year's Resolution, here are some ideas from those who know best: our alumni community!
  • Focus on staying in the present moment
  • Acceptance of your body no matter the shape
  • Show yourself compassion
  • Stope beating yourself up so much
  • Stand up for yourself, to others, and to your negative inner voice
  • Give yourself time to rest
  • Unfollow non-recovery focused social media accounts
  • Have patience with yourself
  • Prioritize acting within values
  • Connect with those important to you
  • Ask for help when needed
As you set your NO-Year's Resolutions, remember to make them achievable goals with steps to reach them slowly. Once your goal is set, try and break it down by setting small milestones along the way to help keep motivation up. And try not to beat yourself up if you start to fall behind—instead, look at your goal and see if any adjustments are needed.

Remember perfection is not our goal, and small steps can add up to big changes over the year!


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Erin Birely, LCPC, started working as the Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore in September 2016 and joined the Alumni Services Team in 2019 as the Alumni Services Coordinator. Prior to joining Renfrew, Erin had worked in private practice as well as inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient levels of care. Erin has worked in the field of eating disorder treatment since receiving her Master's degree in 2012. She enjoys working with people to make positive and long lasting changes in life through therapy and building their emotional tolerance.
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