9 New Year's resolutions to look after your mental health in 2020 | So Health Co.

We may be a little late on this one but a New Year has arrived and late is better than never to set some New Year's resolutions. 

Every year, people make a list of goals, most of which don't last much longer than a few months. It's usually because, in the hype of the moment, unrealistic and unachievable goals created without any measurable result. But don't fall into this trap, as we have a list of 9 New Year's resolutions focused entirely on your mental health and wellbeing. That's not something to turn a blind eye to.

These are easy to stick to and to read, so here we go...

1. Limit your time on Social Media

Posting status updates, sharing photos and watching funny clips of your friends and family are great ways to immerse yourself in the world and bring happy thoughts to your mind. But too much of something can be a bad thing - try to cut down on the amount of time you spend on Social Media and live the life that's happening around you.

2. Go to bed earlier

Sleep has so many benefits on our health, it allows our body to rest, regenerate and be able to tackle the next day in your life. The implications of a lack of sleep are endless, so try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Hit your bed earlier and just see where it takes you. 

3. Cut down on the alcohol

Some of us love Alcohol some of us hate it, but there are numerous studies that suggest it is doing us more harm than good. Did you know it affects your sleep too? That's counter-intuitive for our goal above. If you can, limit the amount of alcohol you consume, start slowly by cutting down on the units per week, then per day, set measurable goals and you'll easily crack the whip.

4. Exercise more

We all know a bit of exercise will be good for us, but we also rarely lack the motivation to get the heart beating. Not only does exercise have many psychical health benefits but the mental benefits are far greater. Brisk walking for 15 minutes can burn a good amount of calories but you’ll also feel better for it - endorphins our body’s natural way of increasing our happiness is the main outcome of exercise.

5. Practice self-care

Self care is the act of putting yourself first. Putting yourself before others. This goes hand in hand with point 9 in this article but this is not about being selfish, this is just acknowledging that you need to take care of yourself. Eat well, drink well, socialise, mediate, practise Yoga - these are all great ways to care for yourself.

6. Be more trusting

There is a saying that trust must be earned and we totally agree but to trust another you must be more trusting yourself. So if you’ve had trouble trusting people in the past because that trust was broken, try trusting again the universe only gives you experiences that you want to see or happen - thoughts become things. If you think your trust will be broken again it will most likely happen, so think the opposite and the reward will be far greater.

9. Be more selfish

Selflessness is a formidable trait. But sometimes we need to think ourselves more, treat yourself to some new clothes or that book you’ve always wanted to read. It’s okay to be selfish but keep it in moderation and always think before you act.  

 

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