Search

Resolutions can be bad for your health

PUBLISHED: 12:01 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010

Deciding to turn over a new leaf in the New Year could do more harm than good, a mental health charity has warned. Mind (The National Association for Mental Health) has urged people not to feel they must start 2009 armed

Resolutions 'bad for your health'

Deciding to turn over a new leaf in the New Year could do more harm than good, a mental health charity has warned.

Mind (The National Association for Mental Health) has urged people not to feel they must start 2009 armed with resolutions for self-improvement. The charity said resolutions which focus on physical imperfections, such as bids to lose weight, create a negative self image and lead to feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem and even mild depression. And if the plans fail to materialise, that could trigger feelings of failure and inadequacy, the charity said.

Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said focussing on problems or insecurities can lead to feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem and even mild depression. "We chastise ourselves for our perceived shortcomings and set unrealistic goals to change our behaviour, so it's not surprising that when we fail to keep resolutions, we end up feeling worse than when we started," he said. "In 2009, instead of making a New Year's resolution, think positively about the year to come and what you can achieve."

Instead of easily broken resolutions, the charity has suggested a few steps to improve all-round mental health in 2009:

* Being active - exercise releases endorphins and even a gentle stroll is beneficial for mental well-being

* Going green - evidence has shown that connecting with nature can boost moods

* Learn something new - it will keep minds stimulated and give confidence

* Give back to the community - it can be just as rewarding for you as those you choose to help


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express