New Year’s resolutions can be hard for anyone. We see people posting that they are getting their gym time in, or quitting smoking or starting a new diet all over our social media feeds. At SOVA we know that seeing these things can be really difficult in particular for adolescents who may feel left out if they aren’t making similar resolutions or positive statements. Or, if resolutions aren’t able to be kept adolescents facing depression or anxiety may have compounded feelings of failure or worthlessness.
As we grow older luckily we better understand that what you see on social media may not be reality. That’s why we are suggesting trying out an intention to carry into the New Year to adolescents and parents using our websites. An intention could be anything a person can come back to when they are struggling: a quote, an image, or something crafted by the person themselves.
An example we gave was “stop the glorification of busy.” Having this simple saying in the back of our mind was a way to slow down and choosing to do things that brought joyfulness into life.
We also suggested engaging in self-care as a healthy option for an intention or resolution.
The SOVA team wishes everyone a happy new year! And we hope that you are able to focus on self-care and intentional mindfulness moving into the New Year.
What do you think? Are resolutions difficult for adolescents? What are some of your suggestions?