At the end of each year, many people like to reflect on accomplishments and potential improvements for next year. They take note of what they've succeeded at and what they can improve upon moving forward. Whether you call them goals or intentions, here are 3 tips that can benefit your mental health for the start of a new year:
- Take better care of yourself physically. Getting enough sleep, finding time to exercise, nourishing yourself with the right foods, and scheduling regular medical check ups (dental cleanings, yearly physical) are important ways to stay emotionally healthy. When your physical health begins to suffer, your emotional health does too. Staying on top of these things are critical elements in self care.
- Do something you LOVE for 30 minutes every day. Whether it is reading, going for a walk, listening to your favorite podcast, or meditating, allow yourself 30 minutes every day to do it. Engaging in an activity that you love will improve your mood and can contribute to your overall well-being. It also is a great opportunity to build a break into your schedule and is a chance for fun or relaxation.
- Set healthy boundaries with others. Sometimes we give other people too much power in our lives. Letting our family members, significant other, children, or boss control our actions may come across as being kind or agreeable, but it is not always healthy. Sometimes you need to say "no." Define your limits with those around you, and do so directly, without anger.
These are just a few healthy tips to instill for the new year. Even a small change can make a difference in your overall mental health. It's never too soon to take charge of your emotional and physical well-being! Best wishes for a happy (and improved) 2018!