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Mental Health Resolutions for the New Year

Sometimes with the coming of the New Year, people begin to feel more stressed and anxious. On the other hand, this can also be a very exciting and inspirational time when you can decide to incorporate new and healthy habits into your routine. Here in the Manhattan Beach and South Bay area, we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place where even just making time to go outside, feel the fresh air, and take some deep breaths can have positive effects on our mental health. Now is a great time to start implementing some of these healthy habits. I am here to help you come up with some resolutions that have the potential to strongly benefit your quality of life. All it takes is a plan and some determination, so let’s get started!

Mental Health Resolution Ideas

I encourage you to do a bit of reflecting, either alone or with me in my office, and then come up with resolutions that will work best for you and your needs. The following are some ideas to get you started:

  1. I will only invest my own time and energy in people who do the same for me. Negative relationships and relationships that are intentionally one-sided may not be helpful to your mental health. This resolution can help you focus on seeking more positive relationships in your life, and let go of some that have been hurting or dragging you down.
  2. I will say “no” when I need to. Finding a good balance between saying “yes” and “no” is something that can be hard to accomplish, but very beneficial to practice and learn. Knowing that you really don’t need to do it all can be an invigorating feeling, while also providing relief and reducing anxiety.
  3. I will ask for help when I feel I need it. Call a friend, family member, or your therapist when you are in a bad place or feeling down. Simply having a conversation with someone you feel comfortable opening up to can make all the difference. 99% of the time, these people will be thrilled that you reached out.
  4. I will get enough sleep. If you are someone who is highly affected by the amount of sleep you get, this resolution may be life-changing for you. Getting enough sleep regularly can help you be more productive, improve your mood, feel more creative, maintain a healthy weight, lower stress, and more! This is a great resolution for everyone because of its numerous positive effects.
  5. I will practice being more resilient. If you have a tendency of being codependent, this may be a great resolution for you. Build up and strategize a self-care practice, and expand your support network to more than just one or two people. This will help take the weight off their shoulders and give you more confidence to have some healthy space from those you heavily depend on.
  6. I will stop judging myself on how “productive” I am each day. Although productivity is a positive thing, don’t beat yourself up for not getting quite as much done as you had hoped to on a given day. We are humans, not robots. Unexpected moods, energy levels, and unrelated events can have a legitimate effect on your productivity on a given day; so be kind to yourself by practicing self-compassion instead of self-judgment.

Schedule a Visit With Your Hermosa & Manhattan Beach Therapist Today

If you have any questions at all, would like to learn more about my practice, or are seeking support to start the New Year off right, I am here to help. Please feel free to give our office a call at (310) 892-2572 or complete the contact form on my website to get in touch. Your mental health always deserves time, attention, and care. Don’t hesitate to reach out today! I look forward to hearing from you.