It may seem like the everyone around you is having a great time declaring their New Year’s Resolutions all over the internet. No matter where you look someone is posting about making it to the gym, studying every day, quitting smoking, and on and on. But when you have a mental health disorder, it can be difficult to even think of something, let alone try to do it.
Fear not! New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be flashy or even publicly posted! Last year my “resolution” was to “stop the glorification of busy.” Which for me meant slowing down, doing things that brought joyfulness into my life and taking stock of the things that were bringing me “down.” It wasn’t easy to show how I was being mindful on Instagram or Facebook, so I just stated my intention for the year. Which may be a great way to think about your “resolution,” make an intention, instead.
What is your intention for the year?
Is there a quotation or reminder you could put on your bathroom mirror or in your planner that would bring you back to what you want your life to feel like? Does this seem less daunting than a resolution? What if you found a quote or reminder that you put up for you to come back to through the month, or season. An intention can change and doesn’t have to last the whole year!
One great resource I found for this year was finding some free worksheets for myself to do over the course of the month to help me get focused. No rush, just taking a pause to sit, think and reflect. If you don’t like the ones linked, just Google “mindfulness worksheets”—a ton will come up for you to print off for yourself!
Does this seem like a good idea? Tell us about what your intention for 2018 is! Are you sharing it on social media? Why or why not?