With the New Year upon us, it’s time to clearly define our values and resolutions. We want to shed 10 pounds or eliminate unhealthy habits. But what about a healthy mind? Making a commitment to set intentions for our mental wellbeing is just as important as setting physical goals. One could argue that it’s more important since our attitude and drive influence all other areas of our lives. In addition to your physical goal, try to incorporate at least one New Year’s intention focused on improving your mental health. Here are a few examples:
- I will be kind to myself. I deserve to feel good about myself, no matter where I am on my journey. I will diligently speak at least one daily positive affirmation to myself. I will treat myself with respect and have a positive outlook to attract other positive energy in my life. I understand that there will be times when I make mistakes or miss goals and that is okay. What’s important is moving forward in a positive manner.
- I will be mindful and present. I won’t dwell on the fixed past or the unknown future. I understand that it’s okay to plan for the future, but if that’s all I think about then I’ll miss out on all of the wonderful treasures today has to offer. Every day I will make a list of three things that I’m grateful for to keep me anchored and grateful in the present moment.
- I will practice self-care. I will carve out between 30-60 minutes every day to do an activity for myself that helps me relax. I understand that I need to take this time to recharge my mental batteries.
- I will act instead of react. Instead of reacting to others’ actions that may push my buttons, I will be prepared with a mental list of armed statements to counteract any negative energy. I will then choose an action that is not rooted in my emotions.
- I will set healthy boundaries. I will define my limits at work, home, and in my relationships. I need to set realistic expectation for myself, so I will allow myself to say “no”, directly and without emotion, to anything outside of these limits.
Setting intentions directs the mind, gives us purpose, and helps pave the way for solid physical and intellectual goals. They set us free to be our best selves and live our best lives. The best thing about them is that you’ll find success along the journey—as long as you’re trying, you’re succeeding!