Positive Resolutions to Make for the New Year
The New Year is seen as a time of transformation, with many people making resolutions to help give them a fresh start. Why not use this time to start making positive changes as well? If you're struggling with mental health or your overall outlook on life, here are three positive resolutions you can make for the coming year.
Take Time to Practice Self-Care
It's not selfish or indulgent to take care of yourself and do things that make you feel better. The idea of self-care is becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware of mental health issues and how to manage them.
Self-care isn't one-size-fits-all. For some people, this might mean going out for a run, or setting a date to meet a friend for coffee. For others, self-care might mean staying in and reading a book, or watching a favorite film. As long as it is a fulfilling and healthy activity, self-care can be whatever you need it to be.
Focus on Diet and Activity Levels
Eating a balanced diet and becoming more active in the New Year can help you improve your mental outlook. Start making small, incremental changes, such as drinking more water, adding more fruit and vegetables into your diet, or going for walks with friends. Talk with your primary care provider before making any larger changes. You don't have to join a gym, or only start eating "healthy food," but when you focus on improving your diet and your activity levels, you might find that you also start feeling better mentally as well as physically.
Build Your Support Network
Struggling with issues like anxiety and depression can often feel lonely, and many people feel like they don't want to burden their friends and family with what they're facing at the moment. Don't worry yourself too much about reaching out – when you’re ready to do it, you’ll see that the people who care about you the most will want you to be well. Be honest about how you're feeling and ask for help and advice if you feel you need it.
Your support network doesn't just have to be those who are closest to you - professional help can also give you the tools you need to make the coming year more positive and fulfilling for you. Individual and group counseling can be extremely beneficial.
Make next year a better year for you by taking on resolutions that can improve your mental health.