When the calendar turns, why not make mental health resolutions for the New Year? Think of the opportunities you have to make positive changes throughout your life. While it can be productive to make resolutions connected to finances or body size, remember the importance of mental health, too.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
In order to be happy and fulfilled in life, it is important to take care of your body. Plus, scientists have established links between the health of your gut and your mental health. So, make it a priority to reduce your intake of processed foods. Instead, add extra vegetables to each plate you put on the table.
In addition to a healthy diet, moving your body is a great way to boost your mood. Exercise increases blood flow and reduces stress. And you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to reap the benefits either. You can add exercises to your life by choosing to take a daily walk in the morning, meet friends for a yoga class rather than going to a show, or clear a space on the floor where you can stretch while watching a program on TV.
Rejuvenate with a Good Night’s Rest
When individuals suffer from insomnia, they are more prone to anxiety and depression. Your body needs time to rest and rejuvenate. In order to process information gathered throughout the day, individuals need to get an appropriate amount of sleep. Make it a priority to relax before bed and keep your bedroom a technology-free area of the house.
Some also find it helpful to keep a pen and paper near their beds so they can jot down thoughts that come to mind. Writing down thoughts make them manageable and concrete, sometimes you will even come to your own solutions to a problem through journaling.
Make Yourself the Priority
When you are establishing your mental health resolutions for the New Year, remember to make your life a priority. That means pursuing hobbies, mediating, and getting together with friends are all important. They are not things to be pushed to the side while you solve the problems of others.
Plan your life and align that plan with your values. Sometimes you have to tell others you don’t have the time, and that is ok. Try taking items off of your to-do list and enjoying a book in a sunny spot of the living room instead. All of these shifts are about prioritizing what you love, not what you feel you need to do for others.
Be Open to Seeking Help
If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or are simply not feeling as happy with your life as you have been in the past, include talking to a professional on your list of mental health resolutions for the New Year. You do not have to suffer in silence, there are solutions available to improve your life. An experienced counselor or therapist can help you to think about situations in a new, positive light.
If you have been considering talking through some issues in your life but find yourself putting it off again and again, make this year the year you get help.
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