It’s resolution season, and I’ve got one for you: Make a goal to improve your mental health this year.
I talk about it ways to do that in this blog often. Here’s a recap of some changes you can make:
- Exercise more (maybe try rock climbing?)
- Cut out sugar
- Eat more vegetables
- Make a habit of mindfulness meditation
- Form better sleep habits
- Get outside more
- Focus on building friendships
I want to note that probably the most common resolution is to lose weight or become more fit. Some of the mental health resolutions above overlap with those health-based goals. I think it’s important to approach these goals with the attitude of becoming more physically and mentally healthy rather than focusing on looking better. Placing too much value on how you look is not good for mental health. And rather than having a pounds-based goal, consider choosing an activity-based goal. It’s the behaviors that make the biggest difference!
The Washington Post published a fantastic article on New Years Day about the science behind keeping your resolutions. Tips include to start out strong, aim high but allow some room for error, and link a new habit to an old one. Read up and good luck!