New year, new you, right? But wait, what’s wrong with the old you? Probably nothing. But there are specific influences that might have made you believe it isn’t good enough.
What’s making me feel like I need to change?
One factor is wellness marketing. Gym and supplement companies profit when you believe that you need to transform. Particularly in January, when many think the “magic” of the new year can inspire change, said Amanda E. White, a therapist who helps clients practice self-care and set boundaries.
Another factor: Diet culture, which has a hold on society year-round. And can convince you that the better, “healthier” version of you is always thinner. Never mind that body size doesn’t necessarily correlate with health.
How do I make changes that actually stick and are good for me?
“If you want sustainable change…you’re gonna need a deeper ‘why,’” White said. For example: a goal to “enjoy being active” as a way to benefit your overall mental and physical health has more staying power than “lose ‘X’ pounds” to change your appearance. It’s about grasping the meaning behind the change that helps it stick, as well as making a goal about *doing* something rather than *avoiding* something.
Outside forces might be urging you to ‘reset.’ But that doesn’t mean go and buy what wellness companies are selling. Instead, look inward to see what you really need. If making a change now makes sense for you, great. But remember, you can set goals any day of the year — and the thing you might need right now is a break.
What’s offering a glimmer of hope for Alzheimer’s patients…
Leqembi. It’s the second treatment to receive FDA approval in the past two years (after this controversial approval), and it's sparked cautious optimism. Recent clinical trial data suggests the drug could modestly slow progression in early stages of the disease. But there are many…buts, including the steep price, potential side effects, and whether insurance (both Medicare and private) will cover it. The drug should be available later this month.
Who’s resolving to do better...
“Love Island.” The reality dating show’s broadcaster ITV announced an updated mental health plan after two contestants and one host died by suicide. The new measures (think: no social media posts allowed while in the villa, training on how to be “mutually respectful” in relationships) are meant to protect contestants, who can experience instant fame and fierce scrutiny. Still waiting on the plan for viewers.
What may be a ‘hidden hazard’ in your own home…
Gas stoves. A recent study estimated that about 13% of childhood asthma cases may be linked to them, adding to a body of evidence showing they contribute to pollution inside and outside our homes. But the thought of a ban has cooked up some big feelings.
What's taking us back to 2020…
We’re here to fact-check health trends, wellness assumptions, and myths. Starting with:
“If you’ve never orgasmed before, there’s something wrong with you.”
FWIW: Sex can be rewarding sans orgasm. But yeah, we get why you want to come on and come (it's good for your health, for one). The truth is an estimated 10% to 15% of women have never orgasmed. Doesn’t mean something’s "wrong" with them. But there might be psychological or physical factors at play. Such as: stress, self-consciousness, and not getting the kind of stimulation you like (hint: the clitoris probably needs to be involved).
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