Every new year people worldwide set resolutions ranging from eating better to working out and many other goals. But this year, try adding at least one resolution about improving your behavioral health.
Talk to someone about your mental health: Mental health is much more accepted and discussed in society today. Make 2023 the year that you make a change and get help if you need it and are ready to receive services. Also, push yourself to stop putting other things above your mental health. Getting treatment for your anxiety and depression can be something that can make your quality of life better.
Get more sleep: Sleep… some people have no issues falling asleep each night, while others have a constant battle with falling asleep.
Getting more and better sleep should be one of the top things you try and accomplish this year. Many people don’t realize that sleep goes hand in hand with your mental and behavioral health, and has been linked to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and many other conditions. Here are a few simple tricks to try and help you get better sleep in 2023:
- Set a bedtime and nighttime routine.
- Try and avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine past three pm.
- Put away your electronics at least an hour before bedtime, so the blue light doesn’t interrupt your circadian rhythm.
Take a break from social media: Social media can help you stay connected with friends and family that you may not see often. But nowadays, many people may consider themselves guilty of becoming too wrapped up in everything else that others are doing. Taking a break from social media can allow you to live in the moment instead of living vicariously through influencers, friends, and family. Also, you can get better sleep and reconnect with friends and family in person by spending less time on your phone.
Tell yourself 5 positive affirmations every day: Most of us don’t realize that what we think and say about ourselves can impact how we view ourselves. Saying positive affirmations to yourself can help individuals cope with negative/stressful information and situations. Some studies show that people who practice daily affirmations can help improve self-esteem and reduce negative thinking. You can find two minutes out of your busy schedule to say five positive things out loud, and it can help shape how you view yourself.
Get a journal: Buy a journal and use it for self-reflection. Instead of bottling up all your thoughts and feelings, expressing them by writing them on paper can benefit your mental health. Putting your thoughts & feelings on paper can help reduce stress, boost your moods, improve your immune system, and many other things. This is the perfect place for you to get the good, the bad, and everything else on your mind onto paper.
We hope you’ll incorporate some of these 2023 New Years’ Mental Health Tips into your day-to-day life so that you’ll be able to combat the daily stressors that life can bring.