I’m personally not a fan of the word ‘resolution’. To me, a resolution means an end goal, which possesses an all or nothing mentality, which I don’t like, as that sets a lot of people up for failure. We need to be more forgiving with ourselves come the new year, which is why I believe setting intentions is more beneficial than setting resolutions, as it allows us to enjoy the journey along the way.
These intentions I have set for myself don’t have an end goal—there’s no set date or a number that I need to hit. I’m always worrying about the future, and if this allows me to not obsess over my actions, and instead just be more present, then that’s truly the best thing I can give myself this year.
As someone who genuinely loves to read, this is something I need to make time for again. I’m embarrassed to admit that I only read two books in 2018, and I have no excuses for it. Reading is so beneficial for my mental health, as it helps me to relax and destress, and it also stimulates my brain. Plus, who doesn’t love being completely submerged within a story? I don’t have a set number of books that I want to read this year, as I feel like that no longer becomes reading for enjoyment, but reading for the sake of reaching a goal, but I am curious to see how many books I can get myself lost in this year.
Learn to Use Our DSLR Camera
My boyfriend’s dad was kind enough to gift us his Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera, and even though we have had it for almost two years now, I haven’t made much of an effort in learning how to use it. And that mostly stems from the fact that I constantly tell myself I’m not capable of learning how to use it, which is such a negative mentality to have. I want to capture better photos for my blog, and just in life, so this year I am making it a habit to start carrying it around with me more, and to get more comfortable with using it.
Get Back into Art
The arts were such a huge part of my life growing up; art was my main passion, but I was also in my middle school’s band, and did theatre in high school. Once I graduated high school, I kind of abandoned all of these things, and my creative light has slowly dimmed over the years. Art has always been my first love though, and like reading, it’s something that is so beneficial for my mental health, and I need to make time for it again. Though it pains me that I wasted so many years that could have been spent perfecting my craft, it’s still better to start now than never.
Continue Exercising for My Own Well-Being
I have been working out regularly for years, and I can’t stress enough how important it is to find an exercise you love doing that makes you excited to workout. Yoga is still my favourite form of exercise, but I also started doing more strength training last year because I love how it makes me feel. I also stopped doing cardio at the gym because it made me dread going, and now I just do cardio I actually enjoy, such as walking and hiking outdoors. Ultimately, all of these workouts leave me feeling happy and healthy, which is how everyone should feel when they exercise.
Spend More Time with Family and Friends
Everyone gets into funks here and there where they just want to stay home and be by themselves, but this became too much of a habit for me throughout 2018, and it was horrible for my mental health. I couldn’t even bring myself to see my best friend’s newborn baby last month because I felt so terrible. Having my sister recently move around the corner from me really helped get me out of my head, and reminded me that I not only want to spend more time with those I care about—I also desperately need it.
What intentions have you set for yourself for 2019? Whatever they are, try to remember that it’s about the journey, and not the destination.