How New Year's Resolutions Benefit Your Mental Wellness

Posted on January 01, 2021

January Notepad

While this past year brought many challenges, the start of a new year is the refreshment we all need. Along with this fresh start, many of us will be creating New Year’s resolutions. 

The phrase “new year, new me” is cliché for a reason. We use the beginning of the year to formulate goals and declarations that will help us better ourselves, but these resolutions are often abandoned within the first few months of the year.  

According to Jarrod Mills, staff writer for Times-Tribune, “studies show that only 8% of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution actually keep them all year and 80% have [deserted their resolution] by the start of February.” Even though many resolutions are forgotten, it is still beneficial to create them and do your best to carry them out through the year.

Did you know that making New Year’s resolutions can benefit your mental wellness? Silver Comet Village offers senior living services to individuals and families in Powder Springs, Georgia, and we work hard to promote the overall health and wellness of our residents and guests. To help you start the year off strong, we are sharing the benefits of New Year’s resolutions and tips on keeping them going throughout the year.

The Benefits of New Year’s Resolutions

Offering the Opportunity for Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is an integral part of growth. We need to turn our attention inward and realign with ourselves.

  • Where are you in your life? 
  • How did you get here? 
  • What do you need to change or do to help you get to where you want to be? 

These questions and other forms of self-reflection help us to form a deeper understanding of ourselves. When you make a New Year’s resolution, you reflect on the areas of your life that you want to work on and improve upon.

Providing Motivation

We all need motivation in our lives from time to time. By forming a New Year’s resolution, you are giving yourself the motivation to take action and achieve that goal. Declaring that you want to resolve something in your life could be just enough of a push to get you where you want to go.

Taking Control of Your Life

It is easy to go through life and react to the world around us. What is more difficult is taking action and control of your life. Creating a New Year’s resolution allows you to decide for yourself what you want to do or change in your life and enables you to take back that control. You are in charge of your life. A New Year’s resolution can help to remind you of that.

Establishing a Sense of Achievement and Purpose

When you form a New Year’s resolution, or any goal for that matter, and start to see progress, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that will give you even more motivation to push forward and keep going. 

Furthermore, when you have things in your life that you want to achieve, you are presented with a sense of purpose. You are working toward something. We all need to feel like what we are doing matters on a larger scale, even if that scale is the bigger picture of our own lives. LEARN MORE » WHAT IS PURPOSEFUL LIVING?

Improving Self-Esteem

Building on the previous benefits of creating New Year’s resolutions, when you start to see progress within yourself and your goals, your confidence and self-esteem will grow. Having high self-esteem and knowing how to value yourself is a key component of mental health and wellness. When your mental wellness is strong, you are better equipped to take charge and control of your life and achieve everything you desire. 

Tips for Maintaining New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping your New Year’s resolutions can be challenging at times, but there are some things that can help you to stay on track, including:

  • Start small
  • Be realistic with your resolution(s)
  • Write your resolution(s) down
  • Track your progress
  • Reward yourself after small victories
  • Realize that you are human; it is okay to slip up as long as you get back on track

Silver Comet Village supports individuals in purposeful living and values the benefits that New Year’s resolutions provide to mental wellness. 

We invite you to contact a member of our team or visit our website to learn more about our senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia!