What goals should you have for the New Year?

Every year, people commit to New Year’s resolutions. And every year, the majority of people struggle to keep up with their goals or remain committed to the promise they made at the start of the year. In fact, only about 9% of people manage to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Are New Year’s resolutions even helpful? How do you set goals that you can maintain throughout the year? Here are some reasons that you should set goals for the New Year and a few self-improvement resolutions that you can stick to. 

Benefits of setting goals for the new year

Setting goals for a new year helps you reflect on the year you’ve just gone through. Reflecting on the past is the first step to change and growth for the future.  Goals and resolutions can also help you recognize your own desire for change. This, in itself, is a healthy step forward and can become a catalyst for you to begin making positive changes. And, deciding on specific goals can help you visualize the overall picture of who you want to become in the future, as well as start making small changes toward becoming that person. 

Examples of self-improvement goals you can set

  • Practice more self-care. Some examples of self-care include getting outside more often, eating healthier, practicing mindfulness or journaling. Benefits include reducing stress, increasing happiness and well-being and boosting self-esteem. 

  • Commit to a healthier sleep schedule. The benefits of getting quality sleep include regulated blood sugar, stress relief, improved mood and a stronger immune system. Most adults should aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night. 

  • Limit your screen time. You can do this by setting screen time limits for your social media apps in your phone settings. The benefits of limiting social media include increased productivity, less anxiety, better sleep and greater self-esteem.

  • Practice more gratitude. Maybe start a daily gratitude journal to reflect on what you’re grateful for throughout your day. The benefits of gratitude journaling include improved emotional regulation, greater happiness and less stress. 

  • Get outside more. Try going for a short walk every day or sitting outside to read a book. The benefits of increasing your time outside include a stronger immune system and increased vitamin D. 

You’ve worked too hard to be unhappy

Life is complicated and messy. When it comes to mental health, we believe there’s no one-size-fits all. At Halcyon Therapy Group, we understand just how important you and your unique situation and perspectives are. That’s why we offer a suite of services tailored specifically to you and your needs. You deserve better, and we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation today and start living the life you’ve always dreamed of. 


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