I plan on kicking the New Year off on a good note, with a renewed focus on improving my mental health. Traditionally, if you’re like me, you make resolutions related to physical fitness, but I’m learning that there’s more to a healthy lifestyle than just getting fit.
Here are a few other ways I am planning on keeping my brain in tip-top shape in 2023!
1 – Speak with Mental Health Professionals
Choosing the right therapy is one of the best ways to improve your mental state. A teletherapy service like Talkspace can be convenient and inexpensive. Licensed therapists can help you decide on the right type of therapy for you.
And if you’re the parent of a teenager, I partnered with an amazing organization called LINK which partners your teenager with trained Gen Z mentors, giving your teen 24/7 access to someone who can empathize with them.
2 – Relax & Unwind
There’s no reason to wait until my career burns out to take care of myself. Taking time to relax and unwind is an essential component to my overall mental health, so I’ll be focusing heavily on that in 2023.
In addition, I need to make sure I get adequate sleep each night.
I also plan on scheduling a five-minute break every hour while I’m at work. It’s a small effort that can make a big difference.
3 – Focus on the Things That Matter
Another nifty mental health trick I’ve learned is to take the time to appreciate the things that matter most to me. I’ve found that doing this helps me to navigate the tricky waters of life, and I even find myself feeling better in the process. This might involve getting some much needed relaxation time as mentioned above, or bringing your family into the fold and reconnecting with my friends and colleagues.
4 – Understand That You’re Not Alone
Every day I struggle with my diagnosed anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Because of this, I’m constantly reminding myself that I’m not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly half of Americans suffer from some sort of mental disorder. It’s never too late to seek help, and there is nothing to be ashamed of.
5 – The Cliché Health Things
There are several other ways I plan to improve my mental state in the coming year, including eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and taking time to relax. In the end, it’s important to recognize that my physical health is a lifetime endeavor. It’s best to stay ahead of the curve and avoid the typical mistakes that cause more harm than good.
6 – Keep A Positive Attitude
A Reminder To Myself: Keep a positive attitude. The newest research from the National Institute of Mental Health finds that people with a high level of optimism are able to more easily handle stressful situations.
In short, I should always be aware of the most important steps for making sure I live a long, happy, and healthy life. The most effective way to accomplish this is to make sure I’m setting the right goals and putting in the necessary work to achieve them. A small amount of effort now can have a significant impact on my future.
It’s also important to recognize that I can’t do it all. In fact, many people struggle with achieving their own mental health goals. I need to recognize that. That’s why I always have a back-up plan. I often find that I don’t need to stick to my original plan. It’s okay for me to re-evaluate my goals as I go along. That’s the beauty of life.