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Putting your Mental Health First in the New Year

It’s the end of the year, and many of us will be making resolutions that center on health and wellness. While it’s beneficial to set targets and work towards goals, it’s essential to realize the importance of both physical and mental health. In this guide, we’ll explore some simple steps you can take to put your mental wellbeing first. 

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Manage your schedule

Most people experience stress and burnout as a result of feeling like they have too much on their plates. If you struggle to find the time to take breaks, socialize, relax or have fun, it’s important to try and tip the balance. Start managing your schedule and making time for downtime and activities that make you happy. Block out times for exercise, seeing friends and family and indulging your interests and hobbies. It’s also a great idea to take advantage of ways to save time and free up valuable hours. Talk to your boss about flexible working, make use of time management tools and apps, shop online and ask for help if you could do with an extra pair of hands or a favor from time to time. 

Seek help if you need it

Most of us would pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with the doctor if we had problems like joint pain, recurrent headaches or skin rashes. For some reason, when it comes to mental health, we’re more reluctant to ask for help. It is so important to be able to recognize signs of mental illness and to be proactive in seeking advice. There are many different types of mental health disorders and a broad spectrum of facilities and treatments that can ease symptoms and help people to feel better. From sites like Rehab List to find support for those struggling with addiction to therapies such as bereavement counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy for grief and extreme anxiety, there is help out there. Often, taking the first step is the hardest thing to do, but if you have a loved one who needs advice, or you are struggling, it’s highly likely that taking that step will be beneficial. 

Surround yourself with positive people

The relationships we have with others can impact mental health and wellbeing. Try to surround yourself with positive people who make you feel comfortable, confident and content. Limit the time you spend with people who put you down or make you feel upset or inadequate. There is nothing wrong with reducing the size of your social circle. Focus on the people you trust. 

Move your body

Exercise may be the last thing on your mind if you’re stressed, you feel down, or you’re going through a tough time, but moving your body can have an incredible impact on the way you feel. Exercise is a natural stress-buster and it can also increase your energy levels and lift your mood. When you move, the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain increase. Try to make time for daily exercise. Even if you only have 30 minutes for a walk or 15 minutes for a stretching session or a home HIIT workout, you will feel better for being more active. 

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Many of us will be starting 2022 on a mission to boost our health. If you are making resolutions, don’t forget about your mental health. 

 

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Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Great article and 100% agree - New year blues and uncertainty and really drag you down. Hopefully we can all have a better 2022.