New Year’s resolutions often focus on improving physical health, but what if you focused on mental health this year?
While the culture at large often dismisses mental self-care— in part because of the stigma against those facing mental illness— emotional well-being is a priority for everyone.
Mental health affects how you think, feel and act on a daily basis, as well as influences how you handle stress, make decisions and connect with others.
If you’re set on making a vow for improvement in the next year, add mental health to the top of your priority list. Here are some easy ways to do that:
We can start the New Year by being more present in each and every day. Let’s begin by putting down our phones and connecting more with people than technology.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Embrace your mistakes and know that they do not define you.
Make fun a priority and laugh often.
Make rest a priority and cut yourself some slack.
Appreciate what you have and enjoy time alone.
Confide in only trustworthy people and learn from your mistakes.
Say “no” when you need to.
Be kind, fair and unafraid to speak up.
If you can go to bed each night knowing that you lifted someone up rather than judge them and take them down, then you’ve done your job as a human being who understands not only the meaning of integrity, but also the effect it can have on a fellow human being.