Mental Health Resolutions for a Happier New Year

8 Easy Mental Health Resolutions You Can Make in the New Year

 

Each year, people make idealistic New Year’s resolutions in the hopes of becoming happier and healthier. Unfortunately, the majority of resolutions are forgotten by February.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make positive changes in your life, though. This year, swap your usual resolutions for a focus on strengthening your mental health, but be sure to choose realistic and reachable goals. Each of these 8 resolutions are simple and straightforward, and they’ll help you feel more empowered, calm and happy. 

1. Start each day with a simple question

Each morning, focus your intentions for the day with a simple mental health-related question. You might ask yourself something like, “How can I be more mindful today?” or “What can I do to make this a good day?”

2. Meditate for five minutes

Meditation has tons of mental health benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety. Add at least five minutes of meditation to your day, preferably first thing in the morning or before bed, and see how it impacts your well-being. 

3. Say (at least) one nice thing to yourself daily

There’s a reason the saying, “all good things come from within” is so popular. When you speak to yourself kindly and maintain positive feelings about who you are, you’ll be happier.

4. Resolve to forgive yourself

All humans make mistakes, including you. This year, resolve to forgive yourself quickly and wholeheartedly. Once you let go of the weight of guilt and regret, you’ll instantly feel freer. 

5. Before you react to someone or something, count to five

The next time your buttons get pushed, resolve to pause and count to five before reacting. This resolution might be easier said than done, and that’s okay. It will feel more natural as time goes on, and soon enough you’ll feel calmer and more in control of your emotions.

6. Take yourself on dates

“Me time” is a vital part of taking care of your mental health. It might sound silly, but taking yourself on fun ‘dates’ to your favorite restaurants, shops and other attractions is a great way to get in touch with who you are and what makes you special.

7. Set a limit on daily smartphone usage

If you’re like many people, you spend a lot of time using your phone and other devices. This year, make a goal to be smarter about how you use your smartphone. Small steps like turning off notifications, setting timers and scheduling “screen-free” time can all lead to an improved mood and better connections with the world around you.

8. Question how you label yourself

It’s time to get rid of negative labels in your life, whether they come from within or from another person. For example, replace “I am depressed” with, “I feel depressed today, and this is how I’m going to manage it.”

Simple changes like this one, and each of the other resolutions we’ve shared today, are all easy ways to take better care of your mental health. You just need to decide which resolutions to try first.