30 Mental-Health Resolutions People Are Making For 2017

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More so than perhaps any other year in recent history, 2016 sure has gotten a lot of (perhaps undeserved) flak for being a garbage 365 days. To be fair, in a year that's seen the deaths of far too many beloved celebrities as well as Brexit and an all-consuming U.S. election, 2016 deserves a little hostility.

But even if you weren't among the people who denounced this particular trip we all took around the sun, it's hard not to feel a little optimistic about the start of a new year. We won't give you the "new year, new you" spiel, but there's a reason (and a fascinating history behind) why the new year is traditionally a great chance at a fresh, clean slate.

And while you're making resolutions and setting good intentions, why not resolve to take care of your mental wellbeing? After all, we probably don't need to remind you that your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

Whether you're ready to drop 2016 like it's a hot pile of trash, or you're one of the lucky ones who didn't think this year was all that bad, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to 2017 — and that starts with working to be the mentally healthiest you that you can be.

So in order to prep your mindset for 2017, we asked 30 Refinery29 readers what they're resolving to do in 2017 to take care of their mental health. Click ahead, and let their answers inspire and motivate you to keep putting your mental health first.
1 of 30
"To try not to beat myself up if the road to recovery takes me one step back in order to take two forward." — Eleanor
2 of 30
"This coming year, I plan to get back on track with my mental health. I was doing really well, running and meditating every day to keep my anxiety and depression in check.

"The daily meditation was the first thing to slip — I didn't have time, I told myself. Then with running, I used the same excuse. Dealing with grad school is hard enough, but when I let my mental health run free and unchecked it made everything a lot worse.

"I'm going to make the effort and make the time to go for a run and sit in meditation, as well as starting to go to counseling again. I want to feel healthy in every way, so that way I can fully enjoy the life I'm living."

— Erin P.
3 of 30
"Last year, I vowed to stay alive for another year. This year, I don't know — maybe to try and enjoy it?"

— Dylan
4 of 30
"To work harder on managing depression."

— Alice
5 of 30
"To try and take things step by step, and to believe that getting better might actually happen."

— Alex
6 of 30
"To not to beat myself up when I'm down, and to look at my mental health like I do my physical health. I wouldn't be walking on a broken ankle, so I shouldn't be pushing myself when I'm not in a good place mentally."

— Cat
7 of 30
"To understand the intrinsic link between physical wellbeing and mental health.

"So going to the gym regularly, meditating, and generally taking care of myself to help combat anxiety and to counteract bouts of depression."

— Emma
8 of 30
"I'm NOT going on a diet in the new year, because I'm recovering from binge-eating disorder, and dieting is just the opposite swing of the pendulum for me."

— L.B.
9 of 30
"To work through my social anxiety and to overcome my imposter syndrome."

— Ernie
10 of 30
"I'm vowing to stop and allow myself time to feel — and heal — this year. Too often, I get caught up in trying to hide my emotions rather than embrace them."

— Katie
11 of 30
"To refuse to have my self-worth belittled down to a number on a scale."

— Emmie
12 of 30
"Finding a mental-health professional to talk to and deal with my emotional issues without shame."

— Courtney
13 of 30
"To actually start attending more therapy sessions."

— J.S.
14 of 30
"To be mentally present every day."

— Alexis
15 of 30
"My biggest resolution is to relinquish the desire for perfection, which can turn into depression and severe anxiety.

"I think perfectionism is a sneaky undoing of mental health, because it manifests itself without us realizing it. We spend a great deal of time working on the 'best' versions of ourselves — the ones who are fantastic at our jobs, great in our relationships, fit, put-together, and ready to go at all times.

"We don't just work toward it, we expect it, and that expectation often leaves us feeling entirely unfulfilled and as though we have fallen short of some ambiguous standard. I'm trying to let go of that this year.

"Suddenly, the anxiety that stems from that has dominated even small decisions — like what to wear — and made me cautious, uncertain, and in a perpetual state of second-guessing. Who has time for being perfect when there is so much space to just be good? That goodness can go a long way, and will hopefully relieve the anxiety that has held onto me for way too long."

— Rainesford
16 of 30
"Stay away from upsetting political posts, so very limited Facebook usage."

— Mary
17 of 30
"My mental-health resolution for this year is to practice more self-love and spread positivity to those around me."

— May
18 of 30
"Breathing. Long, deep breaths throughout the day. Four counts in...hold for four counts...and eight counts to release."

— Sid
19 of 30
"I resolve to stop taking on other people's problems to my own detriment."

— Jen
20 of 30
"Take part in more self-care. Taking more time for myself instead of spending so much time worried for other people."

— Nate
21 of 30
"As a survivor of gaslighting, I want to try bullet-journaling as a way to keep track of straight-up facts that happen in my day-to-day life (or my reality, if you will)."

— R.T.
22 of 30
"To give myself a break every now and then. Recovery isn't linear."

— Laura
23 of 30
"To actually reach out to others when I need to."

— Jamie
24 of 30
"To practice meditation more often. It really helps with my anxiety, but I find it so hard to stay on track."

— Carol
25 of 30
"To finally commit to finding a therapist."

— Natasha
26 of 30
"To keep going even when all I want to do is stay in bed for a week."

— Adriana
27 of 30
"To not be so hard on myself when it comes to food."

— Lauren
28 of 30
"To let go of the relationships that I know are just causing me grief."

— Jade
29 of 30
"To do more things because they make me happy, not because I feel like I have to do them for one reason or another."

— Gemma
30 of 30
"To open up to people more instead of self-destructing."

— Pam

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