The new year is a season for change; however, too much change at once can be harmful on our mental health. This is the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions, but those usually only last so long. It’s important to set ideals for ourselves, but when they feel unattainable, it is easier to give up on them. So, this year, let’s try a new technique!

  1. Look back! What are some things that you did in the last year that you are proud of? Taking time to reflect on your past accomplishments will encourage you in your future endeavors. It is so important to recognize everything that you’ve already done. If you don’t give yourself credit for what you’ve already done, it’ll be much harder to start something new. Now that you’ve made a list of things that you’ve already done, what are things that you have always wanted to do or stop doing?
  1. Start small! Attainable goals are easier to achieve. Instead of putting aside an hour each day to read a book, start with just 10 minutes a day. Building up from there is a lot easier than forcing yourself to find an hour a day to read from the very beginning. It is also so much more rewarding  to see the progress of adding more time each week rather than just starting all at once. 3. Recognize the difference between goals and resolutions. Resolutions tend to be more universal, while goals are more personal. For instance, a common resolution is “learn a new  skill,” while a goal sounds like “go on a 30-minute walk three times a week.” Resolutions tend to  be vague and difficult to put to practice, while goals can break down into more attainable practices. Are you creating resolutions or goals?

Happy goal setting!