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Mental Health Tips for a Happy New Year

Do Something That You Love Every Day

Even if it’s just for a few minutes each day make time for yourself. Read, go for a walk, have a conversation with someone that you care about or engage in some activity that you enjoy. Relax and enjoy life. Hobbies and enjoyable activities can bring you a sense of peace and help you recharge your emotional batteries.

Be kind to yourself

Speak nicely about yourself and treat yourself with respect. A positive outlook on ourselves is a key to attracting more positivity into our lives.  Write positive affirmations about yourself such as, “I love myself just the way I am” and tape it to the mirror so that you can be reminded of your positive attributes morning and night.

Forgive yourself

Remind yourself daily that as a human, you will make mistakes or miss goals and that’s okay. Learn from your mistakes, identify the triggers prior to the setback and practice new skills to deal with difficult situations. Journaling is often helpful in identifying moods and trends in your behavior. What is important is going forward in these situations in a positive manner. Don’t give up!

Stay mindful and in the moment

Don’t dwell too much on the past or spend too much time fixating on the future. Remember to live in the here and now and enjoy all that life has to offer. Meditation practitioners can experience greater connection with the present and gradually become more aware of their emotions, which contributes to heightened emotional intelligence and allows the individual to operate from a more authentic and peaceful place.

Take care of your physical health

Scientists have discovered an important link between the gut health and mental health. It’s thought that reducing inflammation in the digestive tract can help your body produce more serotonin, which plays a role in mood, appetite, and sleep. There is also a link between exercise and mental health. Exercise increases blood flow in the brain and that, in turn, boosts both production and availability of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The more neurotransmitters we have, the better we feel. Exercise also happens to be one of the quickest ways to relieve stress.

Seek psychological help

There’s no shame in seeing a mental health professional. And, if you have symptoms of depression or anxiety, there’s no reason to suffer in silence; there are good treatments available. Cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, can help you think about things in a new and more helpful way. Depression and anxiety do not go away on their own. So whether you prefer to see a psychiatrist or a counselor, talk to someone about what you’re experiencing.