Vincent Mays loves working with clients to help them achieve greater mental health and strength. The New Year is a great time to start to commit to new healthy lifestyle changes, as long as you are setting goals in the right way.
When people think of New Year’s resolutions, they often think of ways to improve their health mentally and physically. Things like going to the gym to lose weight, quitting smoking, or cutting down on those fatty foods are the most popular health-related New Year’s resolutions. These and other resolutions often do not get complete by the next year for many reasons, such as that some resolutions are unrealistic. People fall short of their goals mainly because they’re aiming at the wrong parts of their diet. The body and mind are not on the same page and it’s not because the body isn’t moving enough. The physical strength is easy, but it is the commitment to creating mental toughness for self-discipline, gratification, and perseverance that is important.
Below, Mental Fitness Consultant Vincent Mays provides some guidance for setting up the best New Year’s resolutions this year that will really make a difference towards your mental health.
Learn About Self-Compassion
How one thinks affects how one feels and behaves, such as the low self-esteem one puts on themselves when they make mistakes. Instead of insulting ourselves, we should commit to being kinder and respectable to ourselves like we would those around us. Make a mental note of how to get self-motivated in a way that leads to long-lasting change.
Become Self-Aware Of Our Feelings
Our emotions influence how we interpret events and make decisions. Having anxiety will cause us to not take risks and become very sad because we accept less than what we want. So, take some time to think about how you feel and list your emotions and feelings from one part of life that can go into other areas. When we are self-aware, then we can change our ways to keep the balance within our logic. Making good decisions is very important to being at our best.
One challenge that can be easy to achieve with guidance is the needs to build upon the mental structure of one’s confidence. Write down the specifics and be realistic of it because, when a goal is reached, take it to the next step. Every small goal set gives an opportunity to flex our mental muscles and build the confidence you need to keep going.
Identify And Reflect
Recognize the things in life that are good and know internally things are going to be all right. The more gratitude one has, the more likely that person will sleep better and be less stressed. Write a diary; that can also work for self-confidence. Think of things to be grateful for every day to ward off bad mental habits that fight off the mental strength one can be building. It is easy to get busy and forget, but a period of quiet time for about 15 minutes is enough to reflect and think about what can be done better tomorrow.
Training to be mentally tough isn’t just one goal at the start of year, it is an entire ongoing self-improvement idea. Do not stress yourself by going after to many things at the same time. Take it slowly, start with one goal at a time, and reflect on what is happening often to get in the right frame of mind as time goes on.
Following these guidelines, you will see your mental strength and health improve allowing you to reach higher goals throughout the new year. For more mental health and fitness tips, be sure to connect with Vincent Mays on Quora.