New year, new you — or so the saying goes. Society puts tons of emphasis on annual improvement, and New Year’s resolutions are the first step toward self-improvement in a new year.
Not all New Year’s resolutions, however, are focused on financial growth or weight loss. Some of the most sustainable goals better our overall health, including mental health, with small steps that can become lifelong habits.
Why You Should Make New Year’s Resolutions
Setting goals for personal improvement is always a push in the right direction toward personal improvement. How much weight we put on them, however, can often be unhealthy. Resolutions are made to be positive forces on your life, and they can often lead to greater changes and improvements down the road.
Just remember — resolutions are goals to strive to achieve. When you slip up or break a resolution, that is fine, too. About 25% of people give up on their resolutions within a week.
On the flip side, almost half — about 46% — of resolution setters stick with their goals for 6 months or more! And a whopping 8% of people keep their resolutions all year long. While that may sound like a small number, that would be about 672 million people worldwide if everyone made a New Year’s resolution in 2021.
Plus, those who are willing to make a New Year’s resolution are more likely to commit to improvements in other ways, too.
When making resolutions for 2022, small steps are often the most achievable. You often won’t jump from exercising rarely to running a marathon next year, but you could build up to consistently exercising multiple days a week.
Making multiple resolutions is also a common path to failure because you are trying to do too many things at once. Focus on just one resolution in 2022, and build on them every year!
What Are the Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions?
There are so many steps you can make to improve your mental health in the New Year. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for mental health are:
- Committing to be more physically active every day. Physical health and mental health are closely linked. Exercise is proven to improve sleep, boost mood, and help deal with things like depression, anxiety, and stress.
- Vowing to treat yourself with respect. This is a great resolution for people who are afraid of making the first step! It is easy to work through this in phases, and you often have chances throughout the day to improve!
- Trying to limit screen time. The Internet is a blessing and a curse. Having a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips has also led to generations with higher social anxiety, less attachment to others, and higher rates of depression. A recent study showed that adults using a screen more than 6 hours a day were more likely to experience depression.
- Committing to journaling every day. Journaling is a great way to practice mindfulness in an active way. Writing something in a special notebook every day, whether it is a sentence of gratitude or a telling of the day’s events, can help put things into perspective and process stress.
- Making time for self-care. Mental health relies on breaks as much as therapy. Resting and recharging can look like a lot of things, from setting a consistent bedtime to starting talk therapy.
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A new year means setting new goals and boundaries. Let one goal for the new year be a solid plan for your mental health needs. Contact us to set up an appointment at any of our five locations or via telehealth.