As you set your 2019 New Year’s resolutions, think about your mental health. What can you do to feel better next year? What would make you happier in your day to day life? These are the things that will ultimately help the rest of your resolutions come true. Here are some mental health resolutions that anyone can benefit from.
Declutter Your Schedule
Stress often comes from clutter. We’re not just talking about “stuff” though. Clutter can also come from overcommitment. Was your time stretched pretty thin last year? If so, you may want to make new plans for 2019.
Create a list of your commitments, and rank them by importance. Which experiences are vital to your happiness? Eliminate some of the commitments that are no longer a priority for you. This will clear more time for the experiences that bring you peace.
Distance Yourself from Toxic People
Toxic relationships can gradually wear down your mental health. If someone is consistently bringing negative energy to your life, it’s time to distance yourself from them. This may mean completely removing that person from your life, or it may simply mean spending less time with them. Think about how you feel around each family member, coworker, friend, etc. Then adjust your relationships to surround yourself with positivity.
Set Realistic and Measurable Goals
One of the main reasons why many New Year’s resolutions fail is because they are unrealistic. When you set goals for yourself, make sure they are logically attainable. Furthermore, you need to have a way to measure the goal. Instead of “I’m going to be more social,” say, “I’m going to attend one social event each month.” Then you can make a plan to achieve your goal. When your goals are achievable and quantifiable, you have a much better chance at success.
Embrace Who You Are Right Now
New Year’s resolutions are all about changes, and change can indeed be good for you. However, it’s important to acknowledge how special you already are in this moment. You don’t have to lose weight or get a promotion to be a better person. Think of the things you’ve accomplished, and congratulate yourself on them. Don’t get wrapped up in comparisons. Be proud of who you are, and get excited for the journey ahead.