New Year New You
Welcome back Panthers. It is a new year. A time to reflect on last year and make plans for the upcoming year. What goals would you like to set for this year? According to U.S. News and World Report,92% of people who make New Years resolutions do not achieve them. They suggest it is because the resolutions tend to be too restrictive and are not realistic for a person’s life style. Here are some tips to set some healthy goals for yourself that you can actually achieve:
- Set SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-based.
- Tell someone your goals so they can be your accountability partner
- Write about why you want to achieve your goal
- Write about what might get in the way of you achieving your goal and make a plan to overcome the obstacle so that you can be successful.
- Forgive yourself if you slip up, learn from it and try again
- Never give up
While setting goals for this year also consider setting some resolutions that improve your mental health as well. Here are a few ideas adapted from U.S. News and World Report :
- Get more sleep– try to have a more consistent bed time. A bed time routine that helps you settle down before you go to bed like a warm shower or bath can help you have a restful night sleep.
- Exercise– try a little exercise at a time and add time until you reach your exercise goal. The goal is to move more. Exercise can help improve mood and control your weight.
- Start a new hobby– this is a great way to manage stress, improve mood and give you a sense of accomplishment.
- Meditate- meditation can improve mood, sleep, concentration and provide an overall since of well being.
- Take a social media holiday- notice how it makes you feel to take a break from social media.
- Keep a journal– this will help you be more present and get in touch with your thoughts and feelings.
- Use a planner– to help you feel more organized and to map out your goals for your classes with baby steps to reach them.
- Volunteer– volunteering can help someone else but it also helps you by providing you connection and purpose.
- Practice Gratitude– Write down three things you are grateful for each day. This will help decrease negative thinking.
- Be Kind to yourself– practice self-compassion. Forgive yourself for mistakes you make and try talking to yourself like you would talk to a good friend. Try giving yourself a hug and notice how it makes you feel.
Georgia State University Counseling Center offers Welltrack which is a free app for students. It also helps students track their mood and learn skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression. Students can sign up at Welltrack.com . The access code for Georgia State University students is BEWELL. Make Welltrack a part of your New Year plan for better mental health.