I received an e-mail from a mental health-related organization asking members to think about making a wellness resolution for 2018. Though many of you reading this may not have a mental illness, I bet a lot of you do deal with stress in your life, and maybe because of that, your health may be affected in small or even larger ways. Or if not, there are always ways to even further increase psychological, physical, or even spiritual wellness. New Years Day is coming up in just a few days, and the pressure to make a resolution of sorts is here. I happen to think wellness resolutions trump other types in that they can be among the most doable and beneficial of them all.
My thoughts in coming up with a wellness resolution is not about setting any strict and possibly hard to attain goals (like losing 10 pounds in a month, or training to walk 5 miles per day in two months), but rather committing to doing something that you can definitely achieve with just some minor planning and kindness to yourself in mind. Little changes or additions to your daily life CAN make big differences over time, and even if you end up taking a step back now and then in implementing them, they are less apt to totally fall to the wayside completely. Feeling better little by little can actually create the motivation to eventually achieve bigger things.
There are a number of things I’d like to do to improve my wellness, but I’m only going to start with one not to overwhelm myself. Hmm? I know listening to a little more music every day would enrich my life more. I know that adding at least one more vegetable and fruit to my day would make me a little healthier, and even curb my appetite a bit. Making a point to touch base with my husband during working hours with a short funny or romantic poem or note (like I used to do) would not only help me, but even him…which inevitably helps me. These are just some of my ideas, none of which are beyond my present ability to do. I know that whatever wellness resolution I pick, I need to get into the habit of doing it (a routine), and not let it fall to the wayside. Perhaps in the beginning, I set up a reminder on my phone or MS Outlook, or put a sticky note on my bathroom mirror. Or tell my husband to hold me accountable. For real!
I received the e-mail about wellness resolutions just a couple of hours after actually taking an important wellness-related step. I happen to be on disability, and am already a few steps on the path of a new and brighter era in my life. I am home alone most all of the day with my pet parrot. Though isolating in my room with my dear bird has felt cozy and safe during hard times, I know that as months pass, it does me no good. I’ve already started to get out among people more. Stepping up those efforts, I think, would be the most beneficial wellness resolution for me to pursue right now. I’ve been looking at various volunteer opportunities in my area, as well as different types of programs held during the daytime. I want to accept more social invitations, and offer a couple, too. I need this gradual increased exposure to the outside world again.
What would the benefits be to me leaving my safe nook more? Well, decreasing anxiety a little at a time, enriching my day with smiling faces and more conversations, and a type of endurance for being out of my isolation that maybe some of you may not understand. With my condition (bipolar disorder), huge steps often lead to big relapse. Baby steps are crucial. Actually, I think baby steps also work better for most people.
Consider thinking about a wellness resolution for you. Feel a little better in the coming year!