For many people, the new year often represents a time of reflection and motivation. Another year is behind you, and the new year lies ahead- full of possibility and potential. And although 2020 didn't pan out as anyone imagined, it's more important than ever to prioritize your mental health right now.
Let's get into some creative, easy mental health resolutions to consider making right now.
Meditate For Five Minutes Every Day
You probably know about the numerous benefits of meditation. It can help with everything from decreased stress to improved self-esteem. It also supplements clinical treatments, such as psychotherapy.
In other words, there are little downsides to meditation. Why not start integrating this profound practice into your life?
Learning how to meditate can take some time, but some apps and guides can help you practice. At the very least, set a timer on your phone, take several deep breaths, and allow yourself to let go of any thoughts that may arise.
Practice Positive Affirmations
Many of us are deeply critical of ourselves. When making even the slightest mistake, we tend to catastrophize our own shortcomings. In many ways, we tend to be our worst enemies. While we think this harshness motivates us, the opposite effect actually occurs.
This negative voice can result in prolonged feelings of sadness, anger, and shame. It can also trigger maladaptive behaviors like isolating, spending time with toxic people, or abusing drugs or alcohol.
Instead, try to practice more compassion with yourself. Some affirmations include:
I am good enough the way I am.
I am worthy of love.
People want to spend time with me.
I am a wonderful person.
Schedule A Physical With Your Primary Care Physician
When was the last time you checked in on your physical health? If you aren't sure, you're probably overdue for a physical.
Your mental health and physical health are closely connected. If you neglect taking care of your body, your mood and energy levels may suffer as a result.
When attending your appointment, make sure that you prepare in advance for any questions you may have. If you are experiencing any aches, pains, or strange symptoms, be sure to discuss them.
Cut Down On Social Media Use
Do you ever notice that you feel insecure, sad, or angry after scrolling through Instagram or Facebook? If so, you're not alone. Research shows that excess social media consumption is strongly correlated with mental health problems.
This year, consider cutting down or eliminating social media use. Think about the limits you want to set for yourself. While you don't have to delete your profiles, it might be helpful to spend a few weeks away from them to see how it feels.
Schedule Time For Self-Care Each Day
Self-care is not a luxury. It's an essential part of your physical and emotional well-being. When you engage in self-care, you honor your inner needs for rest, relaxation, and passion.
We all need self-care, and it's important to prioritize it in your life. You should aim to schedule it like you would any critical appointment.
This year, spend some time thinking about what self-care means to you. What helps you feel rejuvenated and restored? When do you feel like you are your best self?
There isn't a right-or-wrong way to engage in self-care. You may need to explore different activities or ideas to find what works for you.
Take Care Of Something Else
Sometimes the best way to take care of yourself is by focusing on other people or things.
Maybe this is the year you decide to foster a pet or grow a vegetable garden. This responsibility inherently requires a sense of personal responsibility and organization. If those commitments seem overwhelming, consider volunteering your time a few times a month to help other people.
Write Down Your Gratitude Each Night
Reflecting on gratitude can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. This practice is rooted in acceptance work, which allows you to keep things in perspective.
You can practice gratitude by using a specified journal or downloading an app. You may also want to have an accountability partner- with this strategy, the two of you will both share your gratitude with one another.
Remember that gratitude isn't about noticing all the great milestones in life. If anything, it's about recognizing (and appreciating) the tiny moments that otherwise feel banal and nondescript. The more you can find beauty in the smaller things, the richer your life will feel.
Making The Best Mental Health Resolutions In 2021
Mental health resolutions are a gift you give yourself. The best goals are ones that are measurable and realistic. New habits take time, and even if you slip one day, that doesn't mean you have failed.
At The Mental Health House, we are here to support your growth and emotional well-being. Contact us today to learn more about our services.