How to do a ‘mental reset’ for 2015

January 14, 2015 12:00 PM

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Although New Years is often thought of as a time of hope and possibility, it can also be a time of stress. For people who have been feeling stuck, the renewing of the calendar can cause feelings of being “left behind”—as though time is marching on but somehow nothing new is happening. For my patients who are in a rut at this time of year I often suggest doing a “mental reset.” I have found that by getting people to reconsider their habits, time, and relationships they are often more ready to face the New Year than people who just make New Year’s resolutions, which, almost never work.

1. Make a Habit “Hit List” We all naturally develop patterns and routines so life can feel orderly. However, some of our habits— like exercising or brushing our teeth— can serve us in the long term, but others— like binge watching Netflix, or intensive ‘retail therapy’ might feel good in the moment...

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