Happy New Year! Just the greeting alone can bring a smile to your face and hope to your heart. Many of us greet the new year with resolutions to improve our health, which is an admirable goal. But it is essential to set New Year’s resolutions that you can realistically keep, and one of the reasons may surprise you.
Why Is a Resolution Important?
Why is a resolution so important when recent surveys show that only 10% of those who make resolutions will stick with them through February? In many cases, failing to follow through on a solution causes a sense of failure and guilt, which is not suitable for your mental health or overall wellbeing. However, the issue may lie not in your willpower but in the resolution itself.
Many people make the crucial mistake of setting lofty, grand, and often unrealistic goals. It is so much better for your mental and physical well being to float a little closer to Earth! Make your goals something you can attain and maintain without Herculean effort—these small changes matter. When we achieve even small goals, we immediately feel good! We’ve accomplished something we set out to do, and we get a nice shot of serotonin as a reward.
After having achieved one small goal, we move on to the next, and the next, and the next. We are now piling up multiple positive accomplishments. Each accomplishment gives us the energy and confidence to keep going and sustain positive lifestyle changes for the long haul.
Creating a New Year’s Resolution
One of the most critical factors in setting a New Year’s resolution is making it achievable using realistic goals. Creating an unrealistic goal will just cause frustration and a sense of failure, which is not suitable for your mental health. And when you aren’t able to achieve that resolution, it causes another blow to your sense of self and state of mind. By creating a realistic and achievable solution, you set yourself up for success.
Also important when setting this resolution is to make it personal to you. While it’s tempting to want to work your way into a bodybuilder’s body because “everyone else is doing it,” it may not be what you really want in your life. Be honest with yourself about what kind of resolution would genuinely make you happy, and use that to set your sights on your own expectations.
Setting Your Goals
You can set many goals for your physical and mental health and are essential to your overall wellbeing. Here are some suggestions for New Year’s resolutions and goals that will positively impact your mental health throughout the year.
● Start and keep a journal. You can use this for journaling positive thoughts or experiences throughout the day or as a “brain dump” for negative thoughts that you want to get out of your head.
● Be grateful every day. A healthy practice is to start a Gratitude Journal and to jot down three unique things every night before bed that you are thankful for.
● Get moving every day. If you are not setting a goal of losing weight or gaining muscle, why not develop a plan to move your body every day? This could be just a walk, a bit of dancing, or yoga. But the idea is to refrain from focusing on the outcome. Instead, focus on the discipline of just doing it.
● Grow your friendships. Positive friendships are critical for your mental health. Be sure that you are staying connected with those who inspire and encourage you.
● Put the technology away. Social media and other technological input can add a lot of stress to our lives, and we can get wrapped up in it for hours. Limit your social media interactions to a certain amount of hours each day so that you take a mental break from the bombardment.
Remember that it is crucial to set realistic goals. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to achieve a plan that is beyond your abilities. If you set the goal too high, you will likely quit before reaching the destination. It is far better to develop a plan that you can stick to throughout the year.
Keeping Your Goals
The next step after deciding on a New Year’s resolution is to set incremental goals. Think of it as moving step by step towards accomplishing your overall plan.
- Quantify your end goal. Use your resolution to quantify and be specific about your end goal. Let’s say your answer is to lose 60 lbs. That’s a great goal, but you also need to put it within a realistic time frame. Your goal should be something specific like, “I want to lose 60 lbs in 6 months.” That sets both an end goal and a time limit on your resolution.
- Break it up into pieces. Once you have an end goal and a time frame, break that up into manageable chunks. Using our example, you would break that 60 lb goal into smaller pieces, like 2.5 lbs per week. Now you have a plan to accomplish each week that will add up to conquering your overall goal. This will also help to keep your confidence going as you achieve your goal each week.
Be sure to track your progress along the way. This will help you to stay on track and keep you motivated. And after you slay your first goal, why not set another one and keep going? There’s no reason to wait until next January to start or continue a course of self-improvement. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach your goals correctly, as that’s counterproductive. Cut yourself some slack, and get back on track.
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