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Reflecting on the Year: Setting Positive Intentions for the New Year

As the year comes to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the ups and downs. Now, let's consider setting positive intentions for the upcoming year. Unlike strict resolutions, which can be overwhelming, positive intentions offer a more flexible and meaningful approach to guide us in the new year.

New Year's resolutions offer a fresh start to improve aspects of our lives that may not have worked before. We naturally think about the life we want, our goals and dreams, and it's also a perfect time for focusing on improving mental health. It's a conscious decision to transform yourself for a more resilient and fulfilling life.

If you want to achieve your goals, remember that you're the one in control. While guides can help, be clear about how you plan to achieve what you aspire to. It's helpful to know various techniques, such as visualizing success, setting realistic goals, maintaining a positive mindset, and practicing patience.

It's crucial to understand that achieving every goal is impossible. In today's self-improvement culture, societal pressure can be overwhelming. We often burden ourselves with promises, leading to self-criticism when we fall short.

We know that most people fail to meet their goals at the beginning of the year because they tend to commit to difficult routines and impose too much pressure on themselves. If this becomes your case, don't worry, you are not alone! Although when it comes to mental health, you are much more likely to achieve it.

How to fulfill New Year's resolutions

  • Motivate yourself in advance: Prepare for exercise by laying out your clothes the night before. Book and pay for classes in advance to stay committed. Exercise with a friend for a more enjoyable gym experience.
  • Have a healthy eating routine: Sutter Health notes that a balanced diet improves cognitive function, enhancing clear thinking and alertness. Conversely, an inadequate diet causes fatigue, hampers decision-making, and slows reaction time. To achieve our goals, we should include quality ingredients in the right quantities in our diet.
  • Sleep well: Quality sleep is essential for mental health, supporting the brain's processing of emotions and overall restoration. Addressing sleep problems could be key to stabilizing your mood and enjoying other benefits.
  • Plan a time of day just for you: Taking a break from work and distractions helps us understand ourselves better. Meditation offers calm, peace, and balance, benefiting emotional well-being and overall health. If not into meditation, activities like writing, reading, watching TV, or spending time with loved ones can also be a restful break.
  • Stop being so hard on yourself: Recognize that self-love is crucial for mental health. This year, forgive yourself for not meeting every expectation and focus on doing your best, even if it's not perfect.
  • Consider taking a break from social media: As of October 2022, there are 4.74 billion global social media users, making up 59.3% of the total world population, according to Data Reportal. The average user is active on 7.2 platforms monthly, spending approximately 2.5 hours per day on social media, based on GWI data. With these platforms playing a significant role in our lives, it's crucial to set a maximum usage time, ensuring quality time and human connection are prioritized over screen consumption.

Conclusion

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, let's move beyond traditional resolutions and embrace the transformative power of positive intentions. By reflecting on the past year, cultivating gratitude, embracing resilience, prioritizing self-care, and fostering meaningful connections, we set the stage for a year of growth, fulfillment, and joy. May the coming year be a journey guided by the positive intentions that shape our lives for the better.

  • APA.org: The American Psychological Association (APA) provides its website visitors with a wide range of information and resources related to psychology, including research, publications, educational materials, and information about the organization itself. Website: apa.org
  • Child Mind Institute: Child Mind Institute's website provides information about their healthcare services, facilities, medical professionals, patient resources, and more. Website: childmind.org
  • NIMH: On the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website, you can find a wealth of information related to mental health, research findings, treatment options, and resources for individuals, families, and healthcare professionals. Website: nimh.nih.gov

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