We spend the end of every year reflecting back on things we could’ve done differently and hopefully we take a little time to remember all the things we’re proud of ourselves for. It’s hard not to at least think about things you want to do differently in the next year.
Some people are ‘anti-new-year’s-resolutions’, but there’s really nothing wrong with walking into a new year with a new mindset, new goals, or plans. It’s a little easier to get in the “new” mindset when you have a brand new decade to encourage you. Wow. Still shocked.
Okay, so when talking about resolutions, we always hear about health-based goals like…
- I want to go to the gym 3 times a week.
- I want to eat a cleaner diet.
- I want to stop eating fast food.
The list goes on and on. And truly the only thing that’s wrong with having goals like these is that they aren’t getting down to the real issue – what goes on in our minds – our mindset. Another problem with goals like these is that we rarely ever stick to them. This is because they are lacking true meaning.
I wanted to talk about something I haven’t seen mentioned a lot when talking about New Year’s Resolutions, and that is mental health resolutions.
We talk a lot about mindset here at Self Love Script, and this post is definitely going to be building upon that.
So – setting mental health New Year’s Resolutions – what exactly does this mean? Basically, it just means changing your focus from physical health resolutions to mental health resolutions.
Instead of saying “I want to lose X pounds by the end of 2020,” I encourage you to dig deeper and find the real reason you want to lose weight. Do you want to feel better and live a long, beautiful life?
Then, this resolution really could be changed to something along the lines of “I want to treat my body with respect this year, and that includes eating foods that are nourishing to my body and moving my body in a way that is fun and enjoyable for me.”
This relates much more to your mental health than just wanting to lose weight. Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables helps keep your gut in a happy state, which in turn affects your mental happiness as well.
Exercise is proven to help with depression and anxiety, and it just all-around makes you feel great. Use exercise as a time to focus completely on yourself and making your body stronger.
Another example would be instead of saying “I want to make more money by the end of 2020,” change this to something that is going to better you more than just getting a bigger paycheck.
Think of it like this – “I want to learn more and further my knowledge in 2020. This will allow me to move further in my career and stimulate my brain, helping me avoid burn-out.”
Of course, learning more or being more educated does not always equal more money, but with this type of open mindset, you are naturally setting yourself up for success by putting out positive thoughts.
The mental health mindset of setting resolutions has a lot to do with finding your “why”, which we’ve talked about before as well.
For me, 2019 came with a lot of anxiety, confusion, and growth – and I’m sure many of you feel the same way. It’s so important to me to focus on my own personal growth and mental health this year.
I hope this post was helpful, and I challenge you to come up with your own mental health resolutions this year! If you do, be sure to leave them in a comment below or reach out to me on Instagram @selflovescript!