Focus on the positive during 2020

January 2, 2020 1:53 pm Published by

As we embark on a new year and decade many of us look for ways to achiever a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Here are some everyday achievable and free New Year’s resolution ideas to help you celebrate and enjoy 2020.

Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals.  There are ideas for everyone, many of which will help to promote positive mental health in the process.

Don’t Compare Yourself
Comparing ourselves to others can send us down a path to unhappiness. Scrolling endlessly through social media increases depression and envy and decreases our
well-being. Reinforcing our focus on what we don’t like about ourselves and our life.

Accept where you are
Accepting ourselves unconditionally is essential if we want to improve our self-approval, acceptance levels and emotional well-being.  We need to be able to let go of the past and learn new techniques of accepting ourselves as we are.

Cook a different recipe every week
This is free and can broaden our diet and skill set – simply pick up one of the many cookbooks we all have lying around on our shelves and start cooking.  By choosing and discovering the right foods, nutrition can play a part in improving our anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

Clutter and a messy home can cause anxiety.  Free up some space in your home and clear out anything you haven’t worn in the past 12 months and either donate it to a charity shop or sell it.  Avoid cluttering your life and home with things we simply don’t need.  Skip the sales don’t buy a thing and save your money!

Read a book
Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read for some rewarding escapism.

Monitor your phone use
Our smartphone usage has been associated with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Switch off notifications from your apps or select airplane mode to avoid the distractions of your phone interrupting your thoughts and everything you do.

A Small Act of Kindness
Smile, say thank you.  Visit an elderly friend or relative, or pick up the phone and talk to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while and make their day.

Stop Procrastinating
If you didn’t achieve your goals last year, procrastination may have been the culprit. Make 2020 the year you stop procrastinating and start getting things done.

Be Kinder to Yourself
Even though you may not be able to control how kind other people are to you, you can always control how kind you are to yourself.  This year, set yourself a goal to believe in yourself, respect yourself, and treat yourself well.

Walk to work
Whilst joining the gym is a monthly commitment, walking is free helping to clear your head and giving you some breathing space.  Try walking wherever you can for your physical and mental health.

If you are struggling with loneliness, or have spare time you may like to consider volunteering, there are many charities that rely on volunteers to support their work.

Self Development | Communication skills
The new year is a time when many of us explore the opportunity to retrain or build our existing skills.  For instance The Counselling Foundation are hosting a FREE Counselling Training Open Day in February for anyone considering a career in counselling or just improving their communication skills.

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