New Year has arrived upon us and we are so good at making New Year resolutions particularly when it comes to our physical health but have you ever considered making resolutions for your mental health?
When thinking about making a New Year’s resolution, it is important to pick something manageable. Making small positive changes can benefit your confidence as they are easier to keep up with and enable you to stay focus on making the changes you want rather than giving up. Here are a few resolutions that you might want to consider for the New Year.
Meditation can give your mind some time out and help bring calm into your busy life. Try to schedule in at least one or two short sessions a day. Apps such as Head Space, Insight Timer, or Stop, Breathe and Think are helpful for getting this started.
Start a Gratitude Diary
Every day write down one to three positive things that have happened that day. The positive things could be small things like “I had a nice walk” to big things such as “I got the job I wanted.” By doing this you are training your brain to look at the positive aspects of life which in turn helps your mental wellbeing.
Try Something New
Have you always wanted to learn something new but never got round to doing it. Making a pledge to try something new can be a great way to improve your life and build your confidence. It can also help you to meet new people and give you something to look forward to. Don’t put pressure on yourself about learning the skill, just have fun and enjoy the moment, while you are doing it.
Chill out Time
It is easy to get caught up in work and stay late. If this sounds familiar, make a resolution to leave on time, so you can recharge yourself for the next day. Being tired can give you low mood as well as affect your overall performance. At the same time block some time for yourself each week that is completely dedicated to you. During this time, do something that relaxes you such as listen to music, have a bath or read a book.
Get Help if You Need It
If you are struggling to cope and are finding it difficult, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Asking for help is the first step towards getting better. You can go to counselling and talk to an independent, non-judgemental professional who can help you to see things in a new and inventive way and help you develop strategies and skills that you didn’t have before.