Dec 22, 2016 10:36 AM EST
Most Helpful New Year’s Resolution: Be Calmer and Happier in 2017, Here's How
The past year was not all about the good and happy times. There were a lot of setbacks, problems, failures and down times too. And every time the year ends, we always look forward and become hopeful for a better year ahead. If you are beginning to think of a good new year's resolution, you might want to start with achieving better mental health so that everything else follows. Your ability to stay amidst the stress, pressure and troubles can help you handle stressful situations better.
Here are some techniques that can help become a happier and calmer person in 2017.
When you take a deep breath, your breath will be in sync and you will feel a little calm. Focusing on your breath will also help you ease your stress better.
Try out something new
Why don't you try the adventure therapy? Studies suggest that spending money on experiences can make a person happier than spending money on material things. As early as now, you can already start planning out activities or new places to visit come next year.
Limit your alcohol consumption
Research shows that excessive drinking can add up to your anxiety levels so make sure that when you drink, you know how to control or limit how much you're drinking.
Burn bridges with toxic people
It's hard to be with people who constantly make you feel stressed out or someone who sees all the bad things in every situation, someone who complains a lot. Stress is contagious and so is happiness so you can make the choice when it comes to the people you're spending most of your time with.
Do a random act of kindness
Studies suggest that performing even a very simple act of kindness can go a long way and can even make you feel happier. It does not have to be something extravagant, it can be as simple as extending a helping hand to someone in need or doing someone a very simple favor.
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