New Year Same S*%t
The new year is often seen as a time for new beginnings & fresh starts. It’s a time when many people set resolutions & goals for themselves, hoping to make positive changes in their lives. However, it’s important to approach the new year from a mental health & wellbeing perspective.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that the new year doesn’t have to be a time of pressure & expectation. It’s okay if you don’t have a long list of resolutions or if you’re not feeling particularly motivated. It’s important to be kind to yourself & not compare your journey to others. Everyone will be taking some rubbish from 2023 into 2024 irrespective of what they put on social media!
Instead of focusing on resolutions, consider setting intentions for the new year. Intentions are more flexible & allow for growth & change without the pressure of strict goals. For example, instead of saying “I will lose 10 pounds,” you could set the intention to prioritise making healthier food & drink choices.
Another important aspect of mental health & wellbeing in the new year is reflection. Take some time to reflect on the past year & acknowledge your accomplishments & challenges. Celebrate your successes & learn from your failures. This reflection can help you gain clarity & set realistic expectations for the year ahead.
Additionally, it’s important to prioritise self-care & prioritise your mental health. This could mean setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness or meditation, seeking therapy or counselling, or engaging in activities that bring you joy & relaxation. Remember that self-care looks different for everyone, so find what works best for you.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. The new year can bring up a lot of emotions & it’s okay to reach out to friends, family, or professionals for support. Remember that you don’t have to navigate your mental health journey alone.
Approaching the new year from a mental health & wellbeing perspective means being kind to yourself, setting intentions instead of strict resolutions, reflecting on the past year, prioritising self-care, & seeking support when needed. Remember that your mental health & wellbeing are important & deserve attention & care throughout the year. Its also means that you will be in the best position to combat all 2024 will throw at you, the good, the bad & the ugly!