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How to Set Mid-Year Resolutions for Mental Health

Mental Health Education

· Depression

New Year Resolutions get all the spotlight, but have you heard of Mid Year Resolutions?

Mid Year Resolutions are perfect for assessing our progress and goals. This is a perfect time to assess what have we accomplished since the beginning of the year and how far we are from achieving our aspirations.

Most of us focus on career, financial, and body resolutions which can be really positive, but they can also add a lot of pressure and stress. So, what about mental health resolutions?

If you haven't thought about mental health resolutions yet, now is the time to add them to your list. With self-care you'll have way more chances of reaching your goals by the end of the year.

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In collaboration with Metro, I created a list of 13 mental health resolutions you should set for yourself this year.

Here are some of the most important mental health mid-year resolutions you should keep:

1. Practice patience

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither your perfect life will be. If things don't go quickly as you expected, don't be too hard on yourself. Patience will help you being consistent.

2. Learn lessons

When life gets tough instead of asking “why is this happening to me?” Say to yourself “what is this teaching me?”

3. Find joy in the little things

It's easy to compare ourselves with other people's achievements, especially when scrolling down on social media. Remember to not compare yourself to others and to be grateful for the good things in your life, even if they seem 'little'.

mid year resolutions for mental health

4. Set a theme

What if instead of resolutions you set a theme for the rest of the year?

"Jessica says: ‘Every year I give myself a theme that fits in with my goals. ‘Last year my theme word was magic, so my activities, learnings and lessons were filtered through that word and I had a truly magical year. This year my theme is abundance.’"

5. Have self-care days

Grab your calendar and schedule a self-care day, even if it's just once a month.

On that day, plan all the activities you'd like to do for yourself. From indulging on your favorite dessert to getting a spa day, everything is valid.

6. Understand yourself

Our brain is constantly trying to save us energy by creating patterns of thought and turning them into a habit.

When you feel an uncomfortable feeling, have you ever stopped and asked yourself what you where thinking before that and what triggered that thought?

Asking these questions as much as possible will help you realize that sometimes your feelings or actions are caused by a thought pattern, and not by the context you are really in.

Working on understanding yourself and self-improvement is one of the best mid-year resolutions you can integrate on your goals. I can help you with that with a complimentary online session with me.

To read more mid-year resolutions for your mental health, head to this article.

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