We can all agree that 2020 was a bad year. It was hard and everyone is ready to start fresh. Things may continue to be difficult in 2021, but at least we know what we’re getting into. If you’re ready to face the challenges of the new year, you’re in good company. More than 50% of Americans say they set new year’s resolutions.
One way to face a challenge is to develop a healthy mindset. A positive, realistic attitude can help you break down your goals into concrete steps that will make them come true. Many of our patients who strive to live healthy, active lifestyles succeed because of their mindset. They focus on small, attainable, daily habits that help them change over time.
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to be healthier, more active, or less stressed, start by adopting a healthier mindset. A healthy mindset will help you feel encouraged to keep trying, even when things get hard. It will help you deal with unexpected circumstances, and teach you to learn to love yourself. Here are a few ways you can adopt a healthier point of view:
Practice gratitude. It may seem odd to be grateful when things are hard, but counting your blessings actually makes you feel better. Appreciating small victories makes them sweeter and encourages you to keep trying. Each day, try and think of a few things that make you happy. Try writing them down, sharing them with a friend, or meditating on them. You’ll be surprised how quickly you start to appreciate the beauty of life.
Reach out to others. For many of us, the hardest part of this past year has been isolation. We’ve all felt lonely as we’ve practiced social distancing. It may still take some time before we can safely gather again, but that doesn’t mean we’re alone. Reach out virtually to friends, family, and loved ones. Look for ways you can serve and uplift one another.
Take time for yourself. It’s not easy to find time for yourself. We all struggle with this, but even a few minutes a day can make all the difference. Indulge in something you love to do. Develop a talent, learn something new, or do something that makes you smile. Taking a little time for yourself each day can help you feel happier and less stressed.
Stress and anxiety don’t just hurt your mind. They hurt your body too. Many of our vein patients suffer from high stress, which exacerbates their symptoms. A healthy mindset may not cure the stress in your life, but it can help. Talk to your doctor about ways you can manage your stress along with these tips. Remember ‘a healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich