Some Easy, Practical New Year Resolutions For A Happier 2017

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Even if you do or don’t make New Year Resolutions, somewhere at the back of your mind you want to make a fresh start. Who doesn’t want to change for the better? With most people they can’t stick to their New Resolutions because it is ambitious or needs a strong will power to succeed.Here’s an interesting video which is gentle and nudges you softly to bring about the change that you have deep within your heart. Watch the video first and then read on what’s below. Wish you a Happier 2017

Get enough sleep.

I don’t think anything in the world is worth missing sleep for. When you don’t sleep, you’re irritable, you can’t accomplish much, you snack on junk food, and depression and anxiety can get worse. You owe it to yourself to hit the bed by 10 or 10:30, and then no electronic devices in bed,

Watch less, or no, TV

The average adult watches four hours of TV every day or spends as much time on the internet but says he doesn’t have time for exercise. From my perspective, many people spend a lot of time together watching TV yet still feel distant and detached, because they aren’t interacting during this time.  I would say an hour a day of watching TV together (and talking about it!) would be something to aim for, and no more, even as background noise.

Stop eating junk food

I totally understand the pull to eat mindlessly but it is so bad in the long term. Getting into a routine where you eat whole foods and not processed ones may be challenging at first, but your health, mood, energy levels will all benefit from a focus on eating this way.  I enjoy eating low-carb now, but whatever you choose, try to avoid processed foods with sugar.

 Make time for exercise.

Exercise has been shown to be an acceptable substitute to anti-depressants when it comes to controlling depression. I understand very well how hard it can be to find the time to exercise. But the effects of exercise on psychological and physical health cannot be overstated. Even if it’s just 2-3 times a week, try to give yourself the gift of regular exercise (where you work up a sweat and are out of breath — not a slow walk around the block — it just won’t have the same effect on your health). Running a half hour three times a week is only 1.5 hours out of your life and is immeasurably helpful

Stop keeping a spotless house.

Aside from this once weekly or once every other week cleaning,what would it be like not to worry about how clean the house is?  It would probably free you up for many other genuinely enjoyable and relaxing activities, such as exercise, cooking, hobbies, and so forth.

 Stop interacting with and worrying about your family constantly

The goal is to be able to live your own life in the presence of your family, at least some of the time. I am also personally very averse to the idea of allowing anxiety to overshadow your own and your family’s lives.  If you worry about your children daily, and this leads to an overall feeling of anxiety, discomfort, and impacts your mood, it is time to seek professional help to address this issue.

Stop waiting for someone to read your mind
The best course of action is to express yourself directly and ask to get your needs met, while also empathizing with the other person’s perspective.

 Stop letting intrusive or rude people ruin your day/holiday/life.
Another common problem is allowing toxic people to deeply impact your psychological well being and self-image.  There needs to be a way that you decide to deal with these issues and it must involve not taking these behaviours or remarks personally, and setting either physical or psychological boundaries.

Stop wishing you were different.
This is the most important one of all. Yes, there are many positive ways to change yourself, but none of these can even happen until you accept where and who you are right now. Even if you grew up without acceptance, you can love yourself now and accept that you are a valuable and worthwhile person at your core. If you need therapy to help with this, then do it now. You owe it to yourself.

These resolutions can give you back your ability to fully appreciate, enjoy, and engage with life. If you find that too many of them apply to you, please try to introspect as to why and how you can work on them. Life is too short to do things that don’t help you live to the fullest.

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