New Year’s Resolutions for Individuals with Anxiety & Depression

Bipolar & Mood Disorders, Parenting, PTSD & Trauma

New Year’s may be the time for parties and revelry, but it’s also the time to set goals for yourself for the next 365 days. When you have anxiety, especially in a major city like Denver, the thought of making New Year’s resolutions can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, this often leaves people hiding or retreating further into themselves in an attempt to avoid the stress and pressure associated with starting a new year. That doesn’t mean you can’t set goals and participate in the annual ritual of making New Year’s resolutions. Here are some great ideas to consider.

Don’t let anxiety win. Do What Your Body Tells You

You probably know you need to be healthier, but that doesn’t have to look the same for everyone. Instead of vowing to hit the gym, aim to listen to what your body is saying. If that means you need to go for a walk or run every other day, do it. If it means you need to stay in and sleep to feel rested, do that, too!

Listen to Your Gut

Believe it or not, your gut instinct is just your brain screaming at you to do something that you know is right for you. For Denver residents that cope with anxiety, it’s easy to dismiss these reactions in favor of what’s socially acceptable or responsible. This New Year, make a goal to listen to your gut more often. If you feel that something is good for you, even if it’s cause for stress or anxiety, try it. If you feel that you need to lay low, that’s okay.

Don’t be Afraid to Say “No”

The thought of disappointing people may fuel your anxiety, but sometimes you just need to say “no.” Make this one of your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t be afraid to say “no” more often. Ultimately, you have to do what’s right for you, even if it means bailing on that concert at a local Denver bar.

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