Setting Achievable, Realistic New Years Resolutions
Generally, people achieve what they make time for in their busy life. Therefore, set aside time to practice self-care daily. Make your goal specific to what you love doing, such as working on your favorite hobby, reading a book or spending more time with friends.
Reduce Screen Time
Scientists understand that the light emitted by electronic devices plays havoc with a person’s emotional system. A study of over 4,000 individuals conducted by San Diego State University found that spending too much time staring at a screen lowered curiosity, made it more difficult to maintain self-control, led to less emotional stability and made it more challenging to make friends. Make a resolution that is specific so that you know if you are achieving your goal.
Be Good to Yourself
While you cannot always stop yourself from having negative thoughts, you can keep yourself from dwelling on them. Therefore, make a plan not to let those negative thoughts build a nest in your brain. At the same time, surround yourself with positive affirmations. Consider buying a positive affirmation calendar and putting it where you will see it often, or download an app that will give you a happy thought each day.
Create a Sleep Routine
The start of 2022 is the perfect time to make sleep a priority in your life. Start by scheduling yourself to be asleep for at least eight hours. Then, create a bedtime routine so that your body knows when it is time to wind down for the day. You may want to take a relaxing bubble bath or spend time meditating. Using a diffuser with your favorite sleepy time blend of essential oils may help. Regardless of what you decide, try to avoid screens for at least 30 minutes before bed.
Pay Attention to Mental Health
Everyone can improve their mental health. Read books that will help you understand more about positive mental health benefits. Schedule time to talk to a professional mental health worker. Get involved in activities within your local mental health organizations.
The start of 2022 is a great time to evaluate where you are and where you want to be a year from now. Choose resolutions that are meaningful to you so that you will carry out specific actions to meet those resolutions throughout the year.