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New Year Resolutions to Improve Your Mental Health

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New Year Resolutions to Improve Your Mental Health

The time-honored tradition of creating resolutions as the new year approaches is a great reminder that we can always improve and grow. However, when it comes to mental health resolutions, the things we want to change often seem unconquerable. The following tips can help you when setting your resolutions this year.

Set Realistic Goals

When choosing your mental health resolutions for the new year, it’s crucial that you consider your current capabilities. Think about what you most want to see change in your life and where you would like to be a year from now. Don’t get hung up on limitations, but be reasonable as you try to push yourself. Try asking, “What can I do for my new year resolution?”

Be Kind

Work on looking for your strengths and reminding yourself what you are made of and how far you’ve already come. Ask your loved ones to write down things they like about you so you can look at them when you need reassurance. Practice being kind to yourself and learn to forgive yourself when things aren’t the way you thought they would be.

Start Where You Are

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, just start doing whatever works for you. If one of your resolutions is to exercise, go for a short walk every day, try a few minutes of yoga, or invest in some hand weights. The most important part is that you strive to be consistent - progress will follow.

Get Support

As hard as it can be to make and keep plans, spending time with friends can boost your mood and improve your health dramatically, as well as help you when you’re dealing with stress. Plus, goals are easier to stick to when you have someone keeping you accountable.

Find Peace

Spirituality has also been shown to boost mental health, whether through religion, meditation, mindfulness, or spending time in nature. These are particularly beneficial when they involve being a part of a supportive community.

Reward Yourself

When depression or anxiety rear their ugly heads, try to combat the resistance with something fun. For example, “If I go for a walk and wash dishes in the morning, I can relax with a movie this afternoon.”

Speak Up

Speaking up can incorporate a lot of things, from saying no when you are overwhelmed to letting those around you know when you need help or explaining to them what you are going through. Most importantly, speaking up can mean reaching out to a mental health professional for guidance and support. The more you talk about your mental health, the easier it becomes to find healthy ways to manage it.

Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare

Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare provides adult treatment programs, as well as mental health services for children, teens, and adults. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.