Sometimes starting the new year can seem intimidating with the expectation of resolutions or the desire to make important life changes. Here are some tips to reinforce well-being and mental health in the new year:
- Say Goodbye to Negative Self-Talk: You wouldn’t kick your best friend or loved one when they are down, so stop doing that to yourself. No one is perfect! Accept your mistakes and shortcomings as opportunities to improve.
- Ask for Help: It’s a giant hurdle, but there’s so much freedom in saying the words “I need help.” Mental health, unlike physical health, can be invisible to so many people that want to help, you just need to ask for it. Surround yourself with those who will support you!
- Talk to Someone About Your Mental Health: Asking for help is great, regularly checking in with someone regarding your mental health is even better! Regular check ins with a counselor, friend, or loved one is a great way to keep your mental health in check all year long.
- Face Your Emotions: Pretending something isn’t happening won’t make it go away. So if you’re feeling sad, anxious, angry, or depressed, instead of ignoring them, try getting to the root of the problem. Ask yourself, “What is making me feel this way? Can I do something about it? Who can help?” Even if you have no control over the situation, you have control how you deal with it. Bottling up your emotions will only add to the situation.
- Set Reasonable Goals: Goal setting and resolutions are always a good way to get on track and hold yourself accountable, however at the start of the new year, this process can sometimes feel overwhelming. Setting reasonable expectations that respect your time and respect healthy boundaries are an important part of any future planning.