Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals. There are plenty of ideas for everyone, many of which will help to promote positive mental health in the process. Here we share just a few of our favourties:-
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. Or discover Good Mood Food a recipie book that explores how nutrition can help those suffering with depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.
Stop buying material goods
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!
Clutter and a messy home can cause anxiety. Free up some space in your home. The new year is the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and clear out anything you haven’t worn in the past 12 months and either donate it to a charity shop or sell it on eBay.
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.
If you didn’t achieve your goals last year, procrastination may have been the culprit. Make 2018 the year you stop procrastinating and start getting things done. This will help you to ensure that you won’t be sitting there at the end of next year wondering why you never got around to working on your goals.
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
Walking to work is good for your physically and mentally helping to clear your head and gives you some breathing space.