A New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes for the new year.  According to Business Insider, approximately 74% of Americans say “they are determined to learn something new, make a lifestyle change or set a personal goal in an effort to better themselves in 2021.”  This percentage is up approximately 15% from 2020.

These new resolutions come in many forms, and the ones most often seen every January focus on people’s physical health.  For example, some people may make a commitment to change or stop a bad habit, such as smoking or living a sedentary lifestyle.  Other people may promise to eat healthier and exercise more.

Regardless of the commitment, it is important to understand that these resolutions do not need to be flashy.  Start small.   Be realistic.  Put yourself in a position to be successful, so that you achieve your goals.

Our Mental Health

One area of healthy resolutions that is often overlooked is our mental health.

This year, commit to improving your mental health through small changes in the ways you think and behave on a daily basis.  These are ultimately the small things that will impact all other areas of your life and best set you up for achieving success.

According to the National Wellness Institute, there are six dimensions to health: emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.  Addressing all six of these areas of health, verses only one or two, builds a holistic sense of health.  Mindfully focusing on those mental areas of health will allow us the resilience and strength to improve the other areas of our health that may need additional support in the face of life’s challenges.

Small Changes for a Large Impact

  1. Practice gratitude
  2. Commit to kind self-talk
    Don’t be too hard on yourself. Remind yourself that you are human and you will mistakes.  And that is okay.
  3. Seek moments of silence
    Turn off all of life’s noise.  Try not to get caught up in the past or future.  Enjoy what life is offering you in the present moment.
  4. Prioritize happiness
    Find meaning and joy in the small things.  Allow yourself time to relax and enjoy life.
  5. Be open to asking for help
    Humans are social creatures. You don’t have to do it all alone.  Being successful often means relying on others or reaching out when you feel like life is overwhelming.  And if you’re struggling with your mental health and support from loved ones isn’t enough, seeking out professional help is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself.