It’s hard to ignore New Year’s, it’s hard to forget it’s January, and it’s even harder to forget you’re dealing with a mental illness. January is known as the most depressing month of the year, the blue month, the month where we’re all broke from Christmas, and we’re bombarded with messages of fitness and dieting.


So here are my top New Year’s Resolutions for those of us who struggle a little more, for those of us who’s Christmas often isn’t as enjoyable, for those of us living with bipolar.

Save Money

Money worries are some of worst worries to deal with, not knowing how much your next pay cheque is going to be, not knowing if you’ll be able to afford nice holidays, nice days out. My advice is simple. Cut down on the things you don’t necessarily need, like that morning coffee you have every day, and save at least £5 a week. Seems small, but you can always add to it as you go along. It’s nice to think at the end of the year you’ll have a little pot to fall back on, or even during the year when times are a little difficult.  You’ve got enough on your plate, so this is a simple, yet effective method to help with any money worries you may have.

Exercise


I’m not a gym go-er. I’m not a runner. I run baths, not marathons. However, I love a nice walk to my Grandma’s, I love walking to the shops, I love putting in my headphones, forgetting the world exists and going for a mile walk.
I’m not here to force you to go to a gym, to sacrifice 3 nights a week sweating in a crowded room with other sweaty people, just do whatever it is that gets your heart pumping, and is enjoyable. Exercise is really good for us mentally ill folk; it releases endorphins that help makes us feel good and feel happy! What more could you ask for?

Set achievable goals


I’m incredibly guilty of setting goals that often are way out of my reach, or simply impossible, (marrying Ryan Gosling? Nice try Liv) so setting realistic goals based around you, makes achieving them all the more special. So for example, I want to travel across America, but my current wage tells me no, so I’m settling for a travel across London, to explore every inch, every nook and cranny. Having a goal to achieve gives you that sense of purpose, that extra dash of motivation we often lack sometimes.

Take care of you


Bipolar often makes us believe we are worthless, and we don’t deserve to be treated, but here’s the thing; bipolar isn’t the boss here. You are.


You deserve to be pampered, and to be treated like a queen/king. Taking care of yourself can be anything from having a nice bath, cleaning your flat/home, and taking your medications (a very important one). It also means going to therapy, or going to that doctor’s appointment you’ve put off for two weeks (I see you); anything to help deal with your mental illness that little bit better.

When in doubt, don’t set ANY


‘Wait, but you just wrote..’ Yep, I've given you some food for thought if you are up for setting New Years Resolutions, run with those if you are ready to do that. Let’s be real here, you don’t have to set ANY New Year’s resolutions. You don’t have to change a single thing about yourself. You’re doing great, just as you are. The pressure of resolutions can be so great, that when we don’t achieve them, or we make a step backwards, we beat ourselves up, and that’s not what this is about.


You don’t need to improve yourself, change yourself, shrink yourself,  you’re doing great as you are.
Just do you boo.


Happy New Year.