Among the many traditions, New Year’s is the time when many people decide to remember the good things that happened in the past year and get ready to create goals or resolutions for the coming year. Although this is one of the most common traditions when someone has experienced a traumatic event, it’s hard to focus on the positive, and it’s possible to feel overwhelmed or unsure about the coming year. Despite this, New Year’s is still a great opportunity to reinvent ourselves.
New Year’s resolutions can help us establish goals and expectations for the coming year. Their objective is to optimize our life, which is a big reason to think about healthy, achievable, and realistic resolutions.
Being Realistic to Establish Goals
To make sure that our resolutions are realistic and achievable, it’s essential to keep these thoughts in mind:
Focus on small goals. It’s common to group our concerns into one big resolution; however, focusing on smaller goals makes them easier to accomplish. For example, if you suffer from anxiety, you can set a goal of going out walking for at least 10 minutes once a week.
Consider your resources. When creating your resolutions, it’s essential to consider your resources and possibilities. During your healing process, it’s possible that you don’t have the same amount of time, money, or support as in previous years.
Make self-care your priority. We must all take time for self-care, especially after experiencing a traumatic event. Some examples to consider are practicing healthy eating and sleeping habits and spending time with family and friends.
Seek help. Don’t be afraid to seek help to create your resolutions. A lot of mental health professionals can give guidance and support to establish resolutions and make them easier to accomplish and align with your personal goals.
Remember that the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center offers multiple resources available to you for free. If you want to know about upcoming healing events, visit our calendar at VegasStrongRC.org/calendar.