The first week of 2015 has officially come to a close, which is just the first hump to get past when it comes to achieving your New Yearâs resolution. Have you made it so far?
If youâve failed to stay faithful to your plans or you havenât got a start on your resolution yet, donât worry; there is still time. If youâre still going strong, keep up the good work! But if youâre still wondering what your goal should be in 2015, well, below are four simple New Yearâs resolutions to boost your mental health this year.
Maybe youâve tried the traditional ideas that are plastered all over the magazines, talk shows, and the evening news in the past and they just didnât work, so youâre done with making resolutions based on these failures. Well, maybe the key is to just think outside the box. This year, itâs time to do something a little different.
Here are a few out-of-the-box resolutions you might want to consider.
Resolve to Make the Usual Unusual
Everybody has a routine. You probably wear certain things on certain days or have go-to outfits; maybe you always drive the same way to work; or maybe you get your coffee from a particular place every day. This year, try switching it up a bit. Each week, put a new twist on something you normally do; take a different route to work, wear an outfit you wouldnât normally wear, or pull those fancy shoes out of the closet and treat yourself to some fine dining. Finding little ways to make life more fun and interesting goes a long way!
Resolve to Appreciate the Life Youâve Built
Itâs easy to get depressed this time of year; itâs cold, dark, and the holiday buzz has disappeared. You may have also spent the last month overindulging and now youâre feeling guilty. In fact, depression creeps up a lot this time of year and with resolutions being on everyoneâs minds, you may find yourself focusing on your perceived inadequacies and what you âshould beâ doing.
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This year, make your resolution to simply be happy with who you are and the life youâve built to this point. It might not be perfect, but youâve likely come further than you think. Better yet, each week, sit down with a photo album or old journal to reflect on the past as a reminder of what youâve achieved and experienced.
Resolve to Focus on Balance
One of the reasons why so many people fail with New Yearâs resolutions is that they become hyper-focused on one particular area and eventually burn out. Instead, look for balance. Look for different ways to enhance your life and try to incorporate them into your daily routine. Drop what doesnât work and maintain what does! And when I talk about balance, Iâm referring to all areas of your lifeâhome, work, playâand both your mental and physical health.
Resolve to Not Do Anything at All
In truth, the New Year is little more than a new arrangement of numbers on a calendar. You donât have to use the New Yearâs ball drop as a form of motivation. I believe in letting yourself evolve naturally, finding more meaningful motivators to make the changes you see fit. You wonât succeed if you donât want to do something, regardless of the year.
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