Mental Health Resolutions for the New Year

Work on good sleep hygiene

      • no screens for the last half hour before sleeping
      • sleep between 10 and 11pm

Practice mindfulness for 5 minutes twice a day – at any two points in your day – between meetings, before you sleep, after breakfast – use any of the numerous videos on Youtube or Mindfulness/Meditation Apps available for this. It doesn’t matter which. Any one will help.

Identify stressors in your life – eliminate those that you are able to feasibly.

Identify supporters in your life and really lean onto them.

Make an appointment with a psychiatrist if your mental health issues are impacting your work or family or just basic living. Just like other parts of the body, sometimes the brain needs medication too.

Consider your self-imposed barriers. All of us create them. There’s always a reason. What are yours? Think about this.

Let other people manage their own problems. You just focus on yours.

Eliminate blaming from your life – whether you blame yourself or someone else for your stuff. Neither helps. Focus on the hurt and what it will take for you to heal.

Join a support group. Nothing helps more than not feeling alone in what you are going through.

Talk to someone – a friend, a neighbor, a family member – and really talk – share feelings, thoughts and hopes. Ask the other person to do the same, and listen intently.

 

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