New Year resolutions a sign of good mental health


Most resolutions are positive and aspirational, said psychiatrist Dr Lakshmi Vijayalakshmi. “It shows a sense of self-awareness and the ability to look within yourself. They let you know what needs to be done in your life to reach the destination of your choice. Resolutions are self-affirmations for where you want to go,” she said.

Resolutions go hand-in-hand with personal and behavioural changes, and for many, it is difficult to form the habit of their choice, she said. “I have noticed that the issue with many resolutions is that they are not realistic. You have to set attainable goals for yourself that can be worked on,” said Dr Krishnamoorthy.

Failure to meet resolutions may cause feelings of guilt or regret, said Dr Raj. “The reason is that many share their resolutions with society and so there is accountability attached to it. This can cause stress or feelings of failure,” he said.

Yet setting resolutions is a good sign overall, said Dr Krishnamoorthy. “It shows that people are looking forward to tomorrow. Many people suffering from mental health issues like depression do not look forward to the future. So, showing this kind of positivity is a sign of good mental health,” he said.

However, not all set resolutions, said Dr Raj, and that is not a bad thing. “Resolutions can be set at any time of the year. What matters is the resolve and persistence to carry it out constantly to reach your goal,” he said.

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