Mindful New Year’s Resolutions for Your Mental Health

Mindful New Year’s Resolutions for Your Mental Health

As COVID continues to trail behind us, looking to each new year becomes increasingly optimistic. New Year’s resolutions have never been more impactful or important as they are in the current day and age. New Year’s resolutions help us put our best foot forward into the new year. Small, actionable steps have the power to transform our lives. With mindful New Year’s resolutions, your mental health can thrive for the better. Here’s everything you need to know about creating mindful New Year’s resolutions that can not only help you cope in the new year but create your dream life.

 

Why New Year’s Resolutions Are Important

While some New Year’s resolutions fail, they’re incredibly important in beginning new chapters of our lives. Often, New Year’s resolutions fail because they don’t prioritize mental health, care, or wellbeing. Though people can set goals at any time of the year, there’s something symbolic about setting them at the forefront of a new year. It can help you take baby steps towards the life you dream of and the person you want to be.

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be complex to be effective. Committing ten minutes a day to mindful self-care practices has the power to transform your life. You deserve to commit time, love, and care to yourself. New Year’s resolutions help you become the best version of yourself, get you into a routine, and get your life where you want it to be.

 

Try Therapy

 A qualified therapist can help you work through any trauma or feelings that may be holding you back. Therapy can help you get in touch with your thoughts and feelings. There’s no better time to start therapy than in the new year! Working with a therapist can help you set actionable goals and help provide a sense of stability and security when it comes to your mental and emotional health.

Recognizing your triggers is another reason to go to therapy. In our day to day lives, we may not realize how much is truly impacting us. Working through your triggers can help you get your life back. Subconsciously, much more affects us than we could know. When you start to go to therapy, you increase your subconscious awareness. With a little bit of therapy, you can regain complete control of your life.

 

Move Your Body in a Way That Feels Good

You don’t have to spend two hours in the gym running and lifting weights to see results or feel your best. In fact, the only way to stay consistent with an exercise regimen is to find a way to work out that feels good to you! When we exercise, we release endorphins that help us feel happier. Moving your body is one of the best natural ways to improve your mental health!

To reap the benefits of physical activity for your mental health, try an activity that feels good to you. Exercises that emphasize the mind-body connection, like yoga, Pilates, or cycling, can help you maintain an exercise regimen that works for you. There is no one effective or right approach to moving your body. Sometimes, all it takes is an at home dance party while doing laundry to get endorphins going!

 

Prioritize Rest and Relaxation

Rest and relaxation are essential to one’s wellbeing. Quality sleep is important for our bodies, brains, and immune systems to function optimally. While many people put getting in shape at the top of their lists for their New Year’s resolutions, many don’t realize the importance of sleep. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep is one of the best things we can do for both our physical and mental health. In the upcoming year, try to commit to 8 hours of sleep a night.

Relaxation is just as important as rest. When our stress levels are high, our mental health can quickly deteriorate. Committing to one relaxing activity a day can help drastically reduce stress levels. This can look like taking a bath, taking a walk at sunset, stretching, or reading a book. You deserve the time to relax.

 

Set Small Goals

The reason most New Year’s resolutions fail is because they aren’t actionable enough. Small goals are key to long term success. When you think about what you really want in the upcoming year, think about how it can be broken down into small goals and actionable steps so you can succeed. This way, you avoid biting off more than you can chew.

When it comes to mental health, this is wildly important. When we feel depressed, anxious, or sad, it can be hard to commit ourselves to big things. To avoid stressing yourself out, focus on small goals. If your goal is to get in shape this year, start by doing 5-to-10-minute workouts or getting 10,000 steps in per day. When things become broken down, they’re much more achievable.

 

Surround Yourself with What Makes You Feel Good

One of the best things we can do for our mental health is get back to ourselves. Surrounding yourself with things and people that make you feel good is wonderful for your mental health. Think about your favorite hobbies, an activity you’d love to learn, or make a list of the people you want to spend more time with.

Surrounding yourself with what makes you feel good is one of the easiest and rewarding things we can do for our mental health. Make the new year about getting back to you, your favorite things, and loved ones!

 

Try Affirmations

The power of our own thoughts and words about our lives and ourselves are incredibly powerful. Affirmations can help you speak things into existence and practice the power of positivity. With affirmations, you can manifest your dream life as they help you act on your goals. The beautiful thing about affirmations is that they can be done anywhere! Whether you’re in the car, the shower, or out and about, it’s a wonderful practice for daily use that can improve your mental health.

In the new year, you have more control of your life than you could possibly imagine. Your mental health will thank you for taking baby steps towards your dream life. With all the wonderful ways to take care of your mental health, you have the power to achieve anything.

 

Getting Help

Here at Dr. Messina and Associates, our compassionate team of professionals are qualified to help you at our Flower Mound, Texas, and Southlake, Texas, offices. Our Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychological testing, and medication management for a variety of emotional and behavioral health needs. All services are available in-person and online (telehealth). If you or a loved one are seeking help with mental health, we are here to help.

 

 

Author
Dr. Michael Messina

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