Setting Intentions for the New Year: A Holistic Approach

Embracing a New Perspective

The tradition of making resolutions can take centre stage as we enter the New Year. However, there’s a growing shift towards setting intentions instead. Intentions, unlike resolutions, are not just goals but reflections of our values and aspirations, forming a more mindful and holistic approach to personal growth.

The Power of Intentions

  1. Mindful Awareness: Intentions encourage mindfulness. They are about understanding your ‘why’ and aligning it with your daily actions. This is particularly relevant in mental health and personal development, where understanding underlying motives is key.
  2. Flexibility and Kindness: Unlike rigid resolutions, intentions are flexible. They allow room for growth and change, fostering a kinder attitude towards oneself when faced with setbacks.
  3. Sustainable Change: Intentions are more sustainable than resolutions. They are embedded in everyday life, leading to long-lasting change rather than temporary fixes. Setting Your Intentions
  4. Reflect on Values: Reflect on what truly matters to you. What are your core values? This can be a transformative process in itself, especially for those dealing with trauma or seeking personal growth.
  5. Be Specific yet Open: Define your intentions clearly but leave space for them to evolve. For example, instead of saying, “I will lose weight,” say, “I intend to nurture my body with respect and care.”
  6. Integrate into Daily Life: Find ways to incorporate your intentions into your daily routine. Small, consistent actions aligned with your intentions are more impactful.
  7. Mindfulness Practices: Incorporate mindfulness practices like meditation or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), especially useful for those dealing with past traumas or anxieties.
  8. Regular Review and Adaptation: Periodically review your intentions. Reflect on how they manifest in your life, and be open to modifying them as you grow.


Setting intentions for the New Year is a beautiful way to foster meaningful and lasting change. It’s about creating a life aligned with your deepest values and aspirations. Whether you’re a therapist guiding others or someone on a personal growth journey, this approach offers a compassionate and holistic path to transformation.