New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping: Habits That Improve Mental Health


New year, New possibilities

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, consider choosing things that will benefit your mental and physical well-being.

Many people make resolutions with large scale but vague goals in mind, like saving money, losing weight, or changing jobs. Although there’s nothing wrong with these goals, it’s a good idea to focus on smaller more actionable goals.

Small goals that are aligned with your larger goals are more likely to be achieved, which leads to a better possibility of achieving your larger goals!

Here are some actionable resolutions that can benefit your physical and mental health.

Being More Mindful

Being mindful about your life involves taking the time to consider your choices and reflecting on your experiences. One way to be mindful and reduce stress is through meditation. 

Meditation doesn’t have to involve sitting up straight and chanting “OM” over and over. There are numerous ways to practice meditation, including:

  • Focus on breathing in for four seconds, holding that breath, and breathing out
  • Practice visualization exercises by picturing yourself in five days, weeks, or years
  • Repeat positive affirmations that are meaningful and impactful for you

Enjoy a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Balance is critical for mental resilience and good health. If you’re working 12-hour days and not getting enough sleep, it will affect your mind and your body.

Taking breaks and time away from work is so important. Your body and mind need time to relax and recharge.

Practicing self-care will benefit your well-being and help you be more productive on the job. You must meet your basic needs before you can be your best in any area of your life.

Move Your Body

You don’t have to be an athlete to get the exercise you need. Taking the time to walk, jog, play tennis, swim, or go to the gym benefits the body and the mind.

Exercise releases feel-good endorphins that can improve your mood and your self-confidence. When you’re feeling down, stressed out, or low on energy, give exercise a try.

A little bit of exercise each day combined with healthy eating can go a long way in helping you to look and feel better. There’s no right or wrong exercise.

The goal is simply to enjoy it and reap the benefits.


There’s no better way to feel better about yourself than to help someone else. Volunteering helps you make social connections and forget about your worries for a little while.

Helping others can benefit your mental health and give you a sense of purpose. Volunteering can make you a happier person. So, make a positive impact by getting out of your comfort zone to help someone in need.

Resolutions for Better Mental Health

So as the new year progresses, consider these resolutions that can benefit your physical and mental health. Practicing mindfulness, enjoying a healthier work-life balance, exercising, and helping others are just a few of the many ways you can enjoy the journey.

At Cpl. Chad Eric Oligschlaeger’s Foundation for PTSD, our mission is to make a positive difference for military service members dealing with PTSD or stress-related issues. 

Contact us today for help, or if you feel inclined, we would appreciate your donation. 

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