By Courtney Stevenson It is no secret that fitness clubs across America have a huge increase in membership, and trainers have a rise in clients around this time of year. It seems fitness is on everyone’s new year’s resolution list. We all start the year off with high hopes of obtaining a six-pack or shedding that lingering 5 pounds we put on over the holidays, but what about our mental health? When I ask friends and family what they want to accomplish in the new year, I’m given answers such as “eat more fruits & vegetables” or “go to the gym 4 times a week.” What would it be like if I heard, “set healthy boundaries” or “stop my negative self-talk?” Granted, nutrition, fitness, and the like are extremely important and affect one’s mental health, but what would one’s year look like if they were to focus specifically on one aspect of their mental health?
The word “resolution” seems to have a bad connotation these days. Perhaps because very few actually accomplish their new year's resolutions, many do not even want to make them in the first place! I personally love the word resolution. When you change it to a verb, it has so much power behind it. You are declaring that you resolve to do something. You firmly decide and have set your mind to accomplish a particular thing. You will not bend.
So now that we are one week in to the new year, and the confetti has begun to settle, it is a good time to really sit down with yourself and ask, in what area do I want to see enduring change? Keep those fitness goals, but I challenge you to include a new kind resolution, one geared at the emotional and mental part of you.
I resolve to….
Identify 5 things I am grateful for daily
Write down 1 thing I like about myself daily
Learn to say “no”
Practice deep breathing/meditation exercise for 10 minutes daily
Say more positive things rather than negative
Begin more sentences with “I can” instead of “I can’t”
Look for the positive in a negative situation
Focus on what I can control or influence rather than what I can’t