As the new year approaches, many of us take the opportunity to set new goals and make resolutions for the coming year. While it’s important to focus on self-improvement, it’s also crucial to prioritize our mental health. Our clinic has seen firsthand the impact that poor mental health can have on an individual’s overall well-being. That’s why it’s so important to prioritize mental health when setting new year’s resolutions.
Here are 5 evidence-based methods for creating new year’s resolutions that can improve your mental health in the new year:
1. Set realistic goals: It’s important to set goals that are achievable and realistic. Trying to achieve too much at once can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of frustration and disappointment. Instead, try setting smaller, more attainable goals that you can work towards over time.
2. Make self-care a priority: Self-care is crucial for maintaining good mental health. Make sure to prioritize activities that nourish your body and mind, such as exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep.
3. Seek professional help: If you’re struggling with mental health issues, it may be helpful to seek the guidance of a mental health professional. A therapist or counselor can provide you with additional support and help you develop coping strategies.
4. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment with an open and non-judgmental mind. It can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Consider incorporating mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided meditation into your daily routine.
5. Connect with others: Social support is essential for good mental health. Make an effort to connect with friends and loved ones, and don’t be afraid to reach out for support if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
By incorporating these evidence-based methods into your new year’s resolutions, you can take steps towards improving your mental health in the coming year. Remember to be kind to yourself and take care of your mental health as you work towards your goals.