The Alternative New Year's 'Resolution' I'm Making for My Mental Health


In regard to New Year’s resolutions, I personally find them to be useless.

There is nothing in my brain that will make me change my mind or habits once the calendar reads January 1, 2000-something. If it works for you, that’s awesome, but my brain just doesn’t work that way. I become too focused on the negatives in my life: lose weight, get a routine, make more money, get a car, don’t be so sad, don’t be angry, write more, be a better dog mom, etc. Just writing that, I already feel discouraged. Additionally, there is no clear path to achieve any of this. Some of these aren’t even totally under my control. It’s no wonder resolutions never worked for me.

That is why I am not doing a typical resolution this year.

I am doing my New Year’s reparation by focusing on what I need emotionally and physically. I am not going to try to change myself or my negative habits. Focusing on these negatives has never worked for me and I doubt it ever will. Instead, I am going to pay more attention to the positive things about myself and my life. I want to work on loving myself as is by making better choices that demonstrate self-love. I will put myself first as often as I can by dedicating specific times to read or write. I will spend more time at home relaxing, cuddling with my dog, and watching Netflix. It sounds so selfish, borderline impossible, but I am going to make reparations with myself. Yes, there are things I want to change, but I need to forgive myself first. How can you heal if you haven’t cleaned the wound? You risk an infection. That is why I am going to spend 2018 loving myself so loudly that I cannot hear anything else.

I hope you, too, can make your own reparations. Best of luck.

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.

Photo by Joyce Huis on Unsplash


Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.


Related to Bipolar Disorder

young asian man frustrated sitting on floor depressed

What Makes Bipolar Treatment So Difficult

Treating bipolar disorder is a lot like trying to hit an erratically moving target with a huge arsenal of weapons that may work, malfunction or blow up in your face. It’s scary to try new things, impossible to predict how certain meds or therapies will work and frustrating if success just never seems to come. [...]
The author and her dog

How My Own Experience With Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Mission to House the Homeless

From 2015 to 2016, the number of chronically homeless individuals in the United States of America decreased seven percent year over year, and decreased 35 percent since 2007. That’s phenomenal, but not good enough. My main concern is that there is not enough affordable housing in the United States to successfully conquer this problem. American [...]
silhouettes of mother and son standing on beach

How to Create a Calm Environment for a Child With Bipolar Disorder

One of the biggest challenges of having a child with bipolar disorder is keeping our household calm. In an instant, Sam can take a room from zero to 100 and leave no one behind in a rampage of mania. What does a manic child look like? For Sam, it is usually a mix of nonstop intense talking [...]
blonde woman crying beside window hands partly covering her face

What It's Like to Experience Mixed State Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is inherently unpredictable. In addition to the extreme highs known as mania and the intense depressive lows, there can be periods of “mixed states” which are a combination of both. Imagine waking up into a debilitating anxiety attack that propels you out of bed. You try to distract yourself from the increasing sense [...]