January 1, 2009

Keep eating, drinking and smoking… it could be good for you! Seriously though…

Mind, the mental health charity, has suggested that the pressures of New Year’s resolutions can place an unnecessary strain and detrimental effect on your life.

Failing to keep those ‘important’ promises to yourself can result in negative self-image and feelings of failure and inadequacy.

As the resolutions tend to focus on problems and insecurities that may not be simply resolved the outcome could well be undesirable leading to feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem and even mild depression.

Mind chief executive Paul Farmer says:

“We chastise ourselves for our perceived shortcomings and set unrealistic goals to change our behaviour, so it’s not surprising that when we fail to keep resolutions, we end up feeling worse than when we started,” he said.

“In 2009, instead of making a New Year’s resolution, think positively about the year to come and what you can achieve.”

Instead of easily broken resolutions, the charity has suggested a few steps to improve all-round mental health in 2009:

* Being active – exercise releases endorphins and even a gentle stroll is beneficial for mental well-being
* Going green – evidence has shown that connecting with nature can boost moods
* Learn something new – it will keep minds stimulated and give confidence
* Give back to the community – it can be just as rewarding for you as those you choose to help

Last updated: January 5, 2009 at 9:57 pm