With the festive period well and truly behind us, it has been suggested that this is the time when many New Years’ resolutions have already failed. The most common resolutions are familiar to many people, including commitments to lose weight, to stop smoking and to save money, but as demonstrated by the fact that many resolutions fail by mid-January, people often find it hard to stick to these goals.
One solution may be to focus on different New Year’s resolutions if you can’t seem to accomplish your usual ones. By focusing on unique resolutions that emphasise mindfulness and mental health, you may find it easier to continue with these commitments throughout the year.
A great way to refresh your mindset for the new year is to redecorate your home or bedroom. Indeed, a freshly organised room can help you to become more productive and less overwhelmed, and a fresh coat of paint or new decorative items can brighten your mood during the gloomy winter months. Perhaps the best way to lift your spirits through your decor is to mount photos on your wall that remind you of your favourite memories.
When looking for these new decorations, why not shop locally at independent retailers? You can often find more unique items at independent shops, and this will also support local small businesses. Having a New Year’s resolution to shop at local small businesses will also help you to be more environmentally friendly as large retailers produce more emissions, especially if they are importing goods from all over the world.
Reduce time on social media:
Social media can be fantastic for helping you to stay in touch with new friends and meet new people, but it can also have a negative impact on your mental health. Constantly being exposed to bad or fake news and highly edited selfies can be very harmful to your mood and self-confidence, so setting limits on how much time you spend on social media could reduce this negative impact. Spending less time scrolling on your phone will also enable you to spend more time on your hobbies.
Reducing the amount of time you spend on social media can also give you more time to focus on practising mindfulness. Mindfulness means bringing your attention to the present moment without judging it. This involves noticing the sensations around you (such as sounds, smells and sights) and how you feel in the moment. Practising mindfulness is important because it makes you consider the present moment rather than your worries about the future or the past.
Be kind to yourself:
Another important New Year’s resolution you can make is learning how to be kinder to yourself. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts about your appearance, personality or achievements, it’s important to reason with these irrational thoughts and replace them with something much kinder to yourself. Over time, you’ll learn how to be more positive about yourself.
Focusing on different New Year’s resolutions may be the key to sticking to these goals throughout the year. Furthermore, focusing on mental health and mindfulness will be greatly beneficial in the long term.
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