Now that Hanukkah, Christmas, etc. are behind us. It is time to think about the coming New Year. People often look changing year as an opportunity to make personal changes. Common resolutions include diet and exercise.

My personal tradition for the new year is to write a year review (of my life). Looking back at the year is helpful for perspective and is also a good way to figure out what I want to change for the next year. It can also be fun to revisit previous years.

This year I am also working on a vision board to help me visualize how I want 2019 to look and what I want to accomplish. Looking forward is something people with depression can have a lot of trouble with – I know I do. But looking forward can also be important. I don’t know what I want my life to look like, so I often feel I am drifting along despite having a job, a happy marriage, and working to end mental illness related stigma. I am hoping that taking the time to create a vision board will help with this.

I am looking forward to taking a look back through 2018 as well as looking to the future and to what I want my life to look like. I’ll share both once they are completed.

Are you doing anything special to commemorate the new year? Do you have any resolutions?