According to U.S News and World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February! So, why is this?
Words by Zoe Ward
Often when we make New Year’s resolutions, we can unintentionally put pressure on ourselves to achieve a specific goal. The end result seems so far away, we start to lose faith and often we can give up before the month is out!
So, why not skip the traditional New Year’s resolutions in 2020 and opt for some mindful alternatives instead. At the heart of every goal is simply the desire to be happy and mindful intentions can help you work towards this at the right pace for you.
Choose your ‘word of the year’
Picking your word of the year is less about quantifying results and more about focusing on themes that matter to you personally. It helps to permeate your everyday life with a little guidance and focus, so choose a word that resonates with a value or concept you’d like to bring into your life more, examples include “gratitude”, “kindness”, “health”, put the word somewhere you’re likely to see it and then use it as inspiration when making life decisions.
Set a mindful intention
Some goals can help with future plans, but focusing on how you want to live right now can bring positive results too. Mindful intentions are about living in the present and staying positive. They focus less on results and more on your mindset of being. For example, instead of trying to lose weight, a mindful alternative would be to try a new, nutritious food and to move your body in a way that feels good to you. That way, you start to engage in healthy behavior that feels rewarding straight away, removing any suffering.
Keep a journal
Start a daily record for any part of your life you’d like to focus on. You could keep a food diary, note alcohol intake or if you’re involved in a creative project at work, record how much time you spent designing something. It’s important not to focus on results at this stage, just observe and record. Slowly, you’ll become more mindful of your habits/behavior. You’ll see patterns start to emerge, which will help you make realistic adjustments where needed, throughout 2020.
While you’re investing time in new habits, you could try taking a break from social media, to support your new intentions.
There’s no disputing that social media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family over the festive season, but with increased use, social media could contribute towards poor mental health.
Social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook can increase stress levels and low moods in people, as they encourage you to compare your life with the lives of others. Sometimes you may find yourself feeling inadequate if your life doesn’t match up to another person’s seemingly perfect life! To compliment your new mindful practices you could try logging out of your social media accounts and access the impact that this has on your overall wellbeing. You might find you welcome the spare time and don’t miss it at all!
Research has shown it can take up to four months to fully change a habit, so ease yourself in gently rather than applying pressure with unrealistic goals and expectations. Work towards creating mindful habits, which will bring the rewards you desire.
PH7 can help you reduce mental health-related sickness in your workplace and improve employee’s mental well being, with the PH7 EAP plan. Your employees will have access to 24/7 mental health support line, face-to-face counseling sessions and full digital support with the online health e-hub app.
Here’s to a full and happy team returning to work in 2020!!
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With the PH7 EAP plan, your employees will have access to 24/7 mental health support line, face-to-face counseling sessions and full digital support with the online health e-hub app.