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Mental Health New Year’s Resolutions

A blog by The Mental Health Comedian

 

2017 has been a crazy year of ups and downs. A lot of great things have happened, but a lot of very public and very bad things have happened as well. It has been more important than ever to take care of yourself mentally. However, a new year brings about a new chance for optimism. While making your resolutions, it is important to resolve to take care of your mental health.

 

Setting New Year’s resolutions to better your mental health might even make it easier for you to keep other, more physical, resolutions. Here are some to consider:

 

  • Take action on your mental health – too often, due to the stigma surrounding it, people don’t go to a therapist or doctor, even though they know it would benefit them.
  • Be kind to yourself – Do you see a picture your friend tagged you in and immediately tear apart your looks? Do you beat yourself up if you don’t meet a work goal? Work on positive self-talk, you’re only human.
  • Set and keep boundaries – If you need a break, it’s ok to say no without feeling bad. If someone’s emotional energy is negatively impacting you, walk away.
  • Do things you love – even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day, go for a walk, talk openly with a loved one, read a book, meditate – find what you love and make time for it in your schedule.
  • Get more sleep – sleep is a necessity and is vital to positive mental health.
  • Ask for help when you need it – you don’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed about asking for help, everyone needs it sometimes. Call your psychiatrist, message a friend, cry to a parent.

 

A new year is an excellent time to evaluate yourself, where you’re at currently, and where you would like to be. Take time to focus on yourself and your health, both mentally and physically.

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