Fresh Year, fresh you: mental health tips for the New Year

Fresh Year, fresh you: mental health tips for the New Year

  • Make that doctor’s appointment. Physical health and mental health are intrinsically tied together. When one suffers so does the other, so it’s important to take care of both equally. Beyond that, your doctor is trained to also doing basic mental health screenings and can help connect you with resources.
  • Sleep is your best friend. One of the biggest drains on our mental wellness is a lack of consistent sleep. Adults typically need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, with teens needing 8-10 and children needing between 9 and 15, depending on their age. Create a sleep schedule and try and stick to it, hitting the hay each night at the same time can drastically improve the quality of your sleep, which in turn leaves you feeling much more energized and refreshed the next day.
  • Nourish yourself. By feeding your body nutritious foods on a regular basis, you are also feeding your brain. Likewise, physical exercise helps release mood-lifting chemicals in the brain and improves sleep quality, both of which improve your mental health and make you feel better.
  • Set realistic goals. New Year’s resolutions can be daunting to make and ultimately disheartening if we can’t achieve them. This zaps self-esteem and leaves us feeling poorly. This year, try setting simple, realistic goals. Clean out that hallway closet that drives you nuts. Sign up for that online college course you’ve been meaning to take. Set aside 30 minutes each night before bed to tackle that list of books you want to read.
  • Celebrate everyday victories. Sometimes, it’s the little things. Acknowledgement is an important mental booster; it makes us feel valuable and appreciated. And it’s something we often overlook giving to ourselves. This year, work on being your own biggest fan. Mentally high-fiving yourself and treating yourself to small rewards for a job well done can help keep you motivated as well as improve your self-esteem.
  • Lean on your support system. Studies show what our hearts are already telling us: friends and family make us happy. Spending time with loved ones does a mind good, whether it’s talking on the phone, hanging out and watching a movie, or eating dinner together each night.
  • Ask for help. Life can be overwhelming and everyone needs help from time to time. There is nothing wrong with asking for that help. Great Circle is here to listen whenever you need to start the conversation. Call us toll free at 1-844-424-3577 (GCHELPS).