The New Year is a time for many people to reflect and reset their goals/priorities. These resolutions are something we think about right before the ball drops but maybe not something we hold ourselves to throughout the year.
If you find yourself forgetting about your list of resolutions, try setting short-term goals throughout the year instead. As you think about your goals, I hope you also think about putting your “mental health as a priority this year and the years to come.
The great part about the New Year is that it brings a sense of a fresh start. At times, a new beginning is just what we need to reflect, consider our growth, and develop for the future. So, let us make this year one where you focus on “what is going inside you” rather than “what is happening around you”.
Here are some of my tips to help you refocus on what your heart and mind are saying.
1. Try to understand what you want and what will make you feel good.
2. Seek help.
3. Remind yourself of what you have.
Here are some examples: • I have friends who love me and want to see me succeed • I have a roof over my head • I have food on the table • I have a family • I have people who depend on me • I am healthy • I have an education • I have a job • I have my community • I am breathing
Looking at it, it may seem a bit silly listing all the things you do have. But I found that whenever my anxiety was kicking in, listing what I have would help ground me. I’d say my list aloud and I’d say it without any hesitation. Make your statements strong and believe in the good that they carry.
Overall, I hope this year treats you well. I hope it is filled with good experiences that will help you grow and people who want to see you succeed. I hope you find a lightness in your life that the previous year didn’t have. Remember to be kind to yourself and think about your well-being.
All the best,