The New Year resolution is not an unpopular concept! Everyone plans something to start afresh in the New Year. It may be a habit or an activity they want to pursue.
Even though many feel it is impossible to adhere to the New Year resolutions, there is no harm in trying, right? It yields a positive impact on the daily lifestyle. Following a pattern or a New Year resolution can organize your life and help you look at the brighter side! You can gain a new perspective even if you fail to follow the resolution till the end of the year. So, making New Year resolutions is important! You must focus on the practices that can improve your mental health and well-being.
Focus on self-care – Love yourself a little more!
Firstly, prioritize yourself. This year, understand nothing is more substantial than your mental peace. The roots of stressful thoughts and anxiety develop from the lack of paying attention to your emotional health. Focus on yourself and invest to develop yourself better! Self-care can be of diverse types! Taking some time off from work and doing nothing can also be a perfect example of self-care. Whatever suits you and helps revitalize yourself can be an ideal resolution.
Take frequent breaks and fix the sleeping pattern
This year, do not wait to take the much-needed break from work! Saving your leaves for an emergency is fine, but sometimes you should make a quick decision. Or else emotional burnout can be severely damaging to your mental health. You must prioritize your mental well-being and take a break to rekindle the body and mind!
Reconnect with old friends and open up!
Sharing your thoughts at the end of the day with a dear friend can work like a charm. Even if you do not get a chance to speak to them on a daily basis, you need to keep the conversation thread alive! It can be as simple as dropping a text describing how your day was or asking them how their day went. It is effortless but making it a habit is what you should focus on. This New Year’s, make it a point to talk to your friends more often.
Nurture your hobby and creative side
Did you like to paint as a kid? Did you enjoy playing an instrument or singing as a teenager? These are hobbies most people have left midway while pursuing their careers. Why not nurture the hobbies again? Hobbies have an excellent way to cheer your mood up. It may be gardening, singing, or painting. Any activity that gives you joy from mundane tasks can be a hobby. So nurture your creative side more by dedicating an hour a day to enhance your mental health.
Remember to take breaks from social media platforms!
Social media detox is the most important thing to focus on in 2023. Every individual should make it a point to take a detour from social media platforms and live life outside of the digital box. Treasure the moments for making memories you can retain in your heart and not click pictures to put up on Instagram!
Make a resolution to take breaks from social media. It will help you feel the positive energies to start afresh. Start a new year with a clean canvas without getting influenced by others’ resolutions or New Year ideals on social platforms!
De-clutter your thoughts more often – Start sharing more!
Writing journals can be a great New Year’s resolution. You can write in a notebook or use a virtual app like Mind Alcove to pen down your feelings. It helps you clear your mind and the anxious thoughts that make you stressed. Also, setting your thoughts free via virtual journals can be therapeutic for mental health.
Stop pushing yourself and appreciate your worth
It is high time you acknowledged your wins and achievements in life. It is essential to measure your goals with small steps without comparing them to other people’s achievements. This year, make it a resolution to appreciate your hard work to gain a positive POV. Simply put, focus on your achievements and acknowledge the positives and the skills you have.
Read books to de-stress and relax!
Were you an avid reader in your teenage days? It is time to reconnect with the books and start reading again. Get a library membership as a resolution! Or, you can also try ebooks. Make a resolution to read for at least an hour before going to bed. Reading helps you uncover a fictional world, and unknown characters, and distracts your mind from stressful thoughts.
Practice gratitude and meditate more often
It is vital to express gratitude for what you have in life and your achievements. It can be a simple habit of praying at the end of the day before sleeping and saying thank you to the Universe. It helps clear the mental clutter as well. Praying every day improves concentration if you do it in the form of meditation. This year, practice gratitude and meditation to soothe your mind and relax your feelings.
Spend more time with yourself – Focus on ME time
Understanding yourself is the most critical part of self-care. Spending time with yourself and recognizing your mood swings or emotional triggers is also part of ME time. The ME time does not necessarily have to be the introspection time! It can be watching a movie alone or going for a spa session. Enjoy your own company to feel independent and make it a resolution for the New Year!
Take a solo trip or go on solo dates!
Taking frequent breaks does not necessarily mean you have to go on a holiday with your friends or family. Sometimes taking that one solo trip can make wonders! Even going on a solo date and having dinner all by yourself at a fancy restaurant can improve your mental health. This may sound cliche, but the impact is indeed profound.
Do what cheers your mood!
You need not follow other people and their resolutions to improve your mental health because the likings differ! It is crucial to do what cheers your mood and makes you joyful. The bottom line is to keep yourself comfortable with the New Year resolution and focus on self-development.
Take help for mental wellness if you want to
Lastly, prioritize and acknowledge your emotional health. If needed, you can always connect to a therapist and discuss. The New Year resolution should be to recognize the roots of stressful thoughts and take the best steps to help your mind recover from anxious feelings. Do not hesitate while taking professional help. Because in the end, all that matters is your mental peace.
Start the new year with a refreshed mind!
“New Year, new me!”– Yes, it sounds cliché, but nothing can beat this feeling, right?
Do not give second thoughts about what others may think or advise you! Focus on things that make you feel better and improve your mental health. Make a resolution that helps you lead a positive life and keeps you happy.