A recent study on New Year’s resolutions found that about 41% of Americans set resolutions at the start of the year, and less than half are successful after six months. We all want to make positive and impactful changes in our lives, but how can we make the changes last?
Keep them realistic. By taking smaller, more achievable steps towards your goals, there is a greater chance that you will keep them. When setting resolutions, it’s important to take time to reflect on the change you wish to see and what you realistically can do to achieve that change.
This applies to all kinds of resolutions, including mental health. You can help manage your mental health symptoms by taking small steps every day.
Use these self-care strategies from the MHFA curriculum to set realistic New Year’s resolutions for your mental health.
Make time for self-care. Brainstorm a list of self-care activities that make you happy and schedule them as part of your daily routine. This could be structured therapy sessions, daily exercise, or simply an outdoor walk or time with loved ones.
Be kind to yourself. Change can be hard and often takes time. Allow yourself to have feelings and forgive yourself for mistakes. You are here and doing your best, and that’s what counts.
Go to be at earlier times. Studies have found that sleep and mental health are connected. In fact, approximately 65 to 90% of people with major depression also experience a sleep problem. This year, try to sleep a little bit earlier every night and give your body the rest it needs.
Limit your screen time. Spending too much time on your phone or computer can impact your quality of sleep, your relationships and even lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. Be conscious of how much time you’re spending online and its impact on your mental health, and make adjustments if needed. Use these tips to use the platforms positively when it comes to social media.
Learn more about mental health. One of the best ways to improve your mental health is understanding it. Lighthouse Counseling team members help people understand, identify and respond to signs and symptoms of common mental health and substance use challenges. Additionally, verified online resources provide information about common mental health and substance use conditions.
Instead of making sweeping New Year’s resolutions to achieve overnight, create a few realistic goals that will have a long-lasting impact on your mental health and happiness. You can be the difference for yourself this year, and Lighthouse Counseling is here to help you every step of the way.
Adapted from: Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Your Mental Health .... https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2020/01/realistic-new-years-resolutions-for-your-mental-health/