The 36 Best New Year’s Resolutions [Mental Health Expert Advice]

The 36 Best New Year’s Resolutions [Mental Health Expert Advice]

That moment is almost here. When the time is 11:59 pm on December 31st and you hear everyone chanting, “Ten…nine…eight…” The ball is about to drop, the confetti is about to fly, and your fresh start – to the new year and new decade – is about to commence.

Your mind flashes to that list, whether mental or on paper, of your new year’s resolutions. Lose weight, be more productive, be less distracted, more present, less screen time, more time in nature.

Most of us have lofty goals for the new year. It’s an exciting time full of promise and possibilities. Aren’t all fresh starts? And this article is here to help make sure you succeed.

Sadly the success rate for new year’s resolutions are grim, and many of us have personally experienced failing at them—or forgetting them entirely. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best mental health experts from around the country. These experts came up with the best resolutions for you to pursue in 2020 along with tips to help you keep going in the right direction if you get sidetracked.

Take a look below, and write down a few of your favorites so you can live your best life in 2020 and better yourself in the process. The clock is ticking . . . Let’s rock and roll.

#24 – Trade Overeating for Helping Your Soul Shine

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Before overeating, ask yourself: “Is it my body that is hungry – or my soul?”

When you feel like overeating because you want the pleasure to last, get in the habit of asking yourself that question. Since it’s your soul that is genuinely hungry, you may want to call or text someone lonely, step outside to breathe in some nature, get up and stretch or dance to the music you love.

Do whatever helps your soul shine. When you joyfully nourish your hungry core with the lasting pleasure it is genuinely craving, your inner emptiness will be filled.

If you get in the habit of doing this whenever you feel like overeating, you will start reaching for a far greater variety of joyful and more meaningful pleasures instead. And one day you will notice that those bags of potato chips have stopped calling your name so loudly.

Bracha Goetz is a Harvard-educated researcher on food addictions.
She is the author of 38 books including Searching for God in the Garbage.