It is no surprise that mental health awareness is on the rise. Research from the National Alliance on Mental Health states that 1 in 5 American adults are living with a mental illness, and that is only those that report it.
How can we improve our mental health for 2023? Here are five “quick tips” on how to get yourself into a better mental space in 2023.
Get busy slowing down
As we move away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we must give ourselves permission to unwind. Complete only what is crucial on your “To-Do” list in order to create space for your own individual needs. Attention to self-care can decrease stress and lower blood pressure leading to enhanced mental clarity and improved life satisfaction.
Learn a new skillIf you did not learn how to bake bread or knit a blanket during the pandemic, it’s not too late. Mastering something new exercises our brain functioning, gives us practice in patience, and increases our confidence in our ability to achieve. Patience and confidence are actually antidotes to stress and anxiety.
Assess your Social-Emotional wellbeing
Socialization is an essential component of our mental health, as humans are hard-wired for connection. How can you achieve it? Take a walk with a friend, play UNO with your kids, or chat with the employee in the grocery check-out line. Creating connections not only positively impacts your own mood, but sets a great example to your kids on the importance of socialization and healthy relationships.
Forgive and Forge on
Are you holding on to past resentments and still have bitterness towards another? Wouldn’t it feel lighter to let go of that weight? When we fail to forgive others, we keep ourselves shackled to the pain. Forgiving is not necessarily forgetting and not always reconciling, but it allows us to release the anger and find peace within ourselves.
Acquire and Attitude of Gratitude
What is ALREADY going well in your life? When life throws us curve balls, we sometimes fail to see the gifts that are right in front of us. We might be taking for granted what we value most in our lives. At the beginning of the day, or when you are ready for bed, write down 3-5 things you are grateful for. As you start the practice of recognizing beauty around you, you will begin to view life through a more rose-colored lens. After all, who doesn’t want more positivity in their lives?
Need further support to improve your mental health this year? Book an appointment with a professional to set healthy and realistic goals for yourself and start the year off on the right foot.