Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Are you still following them thirty days in to 2020? I don’t usually buy in to the new year’s resolution thing but after a difficult year of trying to find balance between new anxiety, work, play and overall health I was eager to set some (simple) goals and to hear how other people are planning to bring more wellness in to this new decade.
So I asked my co-workers what works for them! Here is our list of mental health resolutions for 2020:
Casey: I am trying to go to yoga 2-3 times a week and practice mindfulness for 15 minutes before bed (with the help of apps like Calm or Breathe2Relax). Meditation helps get my heart rate down and helps me switch negativity or stress into empowerment. If you are stressing about it, it means you care!
Abbey: My mental wellness resolution is to turn off my phone and unplug two hours before bedtime. I recently read how blue light negatively impacts your sleeping habits, especially if you use your phone before bed! I also found that I was consuming a lot of useless information and I want to use my time to read or for other hobbies that I normally “wouldn’t have time for” because I was on my phone.
Sarina: Learning how to be alone and liking my own company. I find that I feel anxious when I am alone and try to find someone to hand out with but I want to be in a place where I am okay with being alone.
Asad: My resolution is to have lots of wiggle room! I’ve been tinkering with having a day of the week when I put nothing in my calendar and do nothing. It feels revolutionary. Striving to make it two days and on the second day think about food and make time to plan for the week ahead. TL;DR: get better at doing less and being more.
Me (Shelby): A lot of my anxiety comes from feeling like I need to know all the answers and I should have known them yesterday. It helps me calm down when I just say “great questions, let me get back to you!” or “thanks for the feedback, I’ll need some time to think about.” So my resolution is to do more of that!
Whatever your resolutions are (or aren’t!), we have no doubt you already have the skills and resilience you need to manage the stress and anxiety thrown at you. When in doubt, do what works best for you and don’t forget to breathe.
If things are feeling really tough – reach out to someone you trust for support or check-out these resources and hotlines that might be able to help:
Kids Help Phone – they have online chat, can be reached at 1-800-668-6868 or you can text 686868 for support.
Youth in BC (and Yukon) – they offer online services between noon and 1 AM and can link you to a number of other crisis lines
Canadian Mental Health Association Yukon – they have drop-in counselling on Tuesdays from 11 am to 4 pm or you can pre-book sessions by calling 668-6429