6 Attainable New Year’s Resolutions for your Mental Health
New Year’s signifies a fresh start, but what if you enter 2022 with the same mental health struggles? In order to achieve all your goals this year, it’s a good idea to check in and ask how you’re feeling. When you take care of your mind, you set yourself up to succeed and flourish in other aspects of life as well.
These five New Year’s resolutions for mental health will help you feel better, care for yourself more and get to know the real you.
1. Drink Less and Quit Drugs
Any type of drug can have negative effects on your physical and mental health, including marijuana. Drinking, even moderately, can fuel your depression and anxiety. If you wrestle with a substance use disorder, make this the year you reach out and get help.
2. Put Your Body First
Take a close look at your diet, exercise and sleep habits to make sure you’re giving yourself the highest quality of care. If it’s difficult to do this on your own, consider downloading a health and wellness app that sends you routine reminders. It can also be helpful to imagine how you’d take care of someone you love, like a family member or best friend.
3. Meet New People
Social connection can raise your self-esteem and make you feel more hopeful. We feel better together, even if we struggle to get the ball rolling in a conversation. If you suffer from social anxiety, you may consider working with a therapist to build an action plan. Rather than throwing yourself in the deep end and worsening your symptoms, you can start small.
4. Take a Social Media Detox
Social media can be a great way to indulge our interests and connect with others. On the flip side, it can trigger anxiety, worsen depression and make low self-esteem hit an all-time low. Even if you don’t struggle with social media addiction, taking some time off to focus on having fun in the real world is a good idea.
5. Discover Your Idea of Happiness
Being happy is not always having the right job, relationship or material goods. In fact, plenty of people who meet the societal definition of success struggle with addiction, depression and general dissatisfaction. If you strive to achieve a happiness that’s ultimately hollow, you’ll miss out on all the ways you could feel wonderful.
Make 2022 the year you decide to live happiness on your own terms. You can start by writing a list of the things that make you happy now.
6. Stop Skipping Therapy
If you have a habit of canceling at the last minute or avoiding therapy, consider probing a bit deeper. Are you uncomfortable with your therapist, or do you want to avoid what you’re going through? Maybe you need to change therapists, or maybe you need to shift the focus of your sessions for a while. In either case, ask yourself what you really need out of therapy so you can align your treatment with your goals.
At Foundations Family Counseling, we believe everyone deserves to live their best life. If therapy fits into your New Year’s plans, why not give us a call? You can also click here to schedule a consultation or book a session with one of our counselors.