It is the New Year, which means it is time to make some New Year’s Resolutions. We make these resolutions to become the best version of ourselves. Though, many people begin to give up on these resolutions when it becomes difficult. This is often due to setting unrealistic goals or too large of a goal for us to reach. This can be damaging to your mental health.
It is important to set resolutions that can be changed or tweaked as needed. Focus on creating simple and attainable goals. Your goals should help you live a fulfilling life. Here are the top ten New Year’s Resolutions to help you manage your anxiety:
1. EMBRACE YOUR ANXIETY
Do not feel bad about your anxiety. Attempting to hide your anxiety may make things worse. By accepting that you are experiencing anxiety, you can choose how to approach it and seek help.
2. TALK ABOUT YOUR ANXIETY
Once you have reached the point of embracing your anxiety, it can be beneficial to talk about it with your friends and family. The people you surround yourself with should know your triggers, your comfort zone and when you need help.
Your anxiety needs to be something you can discuss with your loved ones. It will not only make it easier to ask for help when needed, but it will help your relationships’ health.
3. COMPLIMENT YOURSELF
Focus on making yourself feel good, rather than always making others feel good. Celebrating your wins, whether large or small, will help you reframe your negative thoughts into positive ones. This is a small part of self-care that can have a large impact.
4. PRIORITIZE SLEEP
Lack of sleep can worsen the symptoms of anxiety.
Here are some tips to help you improve your sleep
Cut back on the coffee
Set a bedtime and stick to it
Use natural remedies
5. DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
A cluttered space can increase stress and make it difficult to concentrate. It can be helpful to start decluttering rooms that you spend the most time in and then work your way around your home. Set small goals for yourself and do not feel like you need to have your home transformed overnight.
6. REGULAR EXERCISE
Exercise is a great outlet. Exercise can help you to tackle stressors, navigate emotions and decrease anxiety. You should exercise for at least fifteen minutes a day.
7. CONQUER AT LEAST ONE THING THAT SCARES YOU
Slowly push yourself out of your comfort zone by trying new things and make a plan to conquer something you are afraid of. Some examples include flying on a plane, public speaking, or riding a roller coaster.
8. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Every person is different and at the end of the day, it is important to do what makes you feel less anxious.
9. GET HELP FROM OTHERS
Do not feel like you have to fight your anxiety alone. Get help from friends and family.
10. GO TO THERAPY
Many people find that therapy provides an outlet and support. When getting started, there are a couple of things you should consider:
Do you prefer therapy from the comfort of your own home or do you want to meet face-to-face?
Do the therapist’s style, techniques and personality mesh well with yours?
Do the therapist’s hours work with your schedule?