You know who LOOOOOVES New Year’s?? GYMS!
“New year, new me!”
Regardless if you are struggling with grief, depression, anxiety, or trauma the following suggestions will be applicable and allow you to take charge of your mental health. Let’s make 2019 is the year of better mental health !
Remember to be grateful, every day: When people focus on just three things that they are grateful for each week, they create a better quality of life within just three weeks.
No matter what happens in your life, focusing on gratitude always has the potential to shift your focus. Sometimes people who suffer from depression struggle with gratitude, and if you’re one of those people, I recommend you keep it very simple. Even things like: being able to breathe, being able to see, and being able to hear are substantial things to be grateful for.
Use A Mood Tracker: If you who struggle with depression, anxiety, or mood issues, this is a powerful little tool!
“Foreverism” is when something bad happens and you fear that it will be that way forever.
But a mood tracker gives you black and white data that destroys that myth that depression, anxiety, etc are always present. It destroys the fear of foreverism.
Using a mood tracker (whether an actual app or just a notebook) helps you to identify patterns of behaviors and emotions and help you hold qualitative info that says, “this is not going to last forever.”
Check Your Gut Health: Gut health and mental health are directly connected. While this is really a personal issue, some recommendations you can start with to see if it helps are: decrease the amount of sugar you consume, check out probiotics to see if they have an impact, and do some research to understand the correlation between your gut health and your mental health. You might be surprised how your gut influences you!
Stop Handing Over Your Power: This one will likely take some adjusting to for lots of people.
When you allow someone else’s opinion of you to determine how you feel about yourself, that’s giving them the keys to your mental health. Maintain your own power.
Here’s a newsflash for many of you :) : YOU get to decide how you want to feel each and every day. If you decide you want to feel peaceful or content, then allow yourself to feel these feelings.
Sleep IS Important: When people get deep, healing sleep it lowers their risk for depression and anxiety. I’ve watched a direct correlation between increasing sleep and decreasing depression and anxiety in the clients I work with.
From a brain wave level, when we hit REM sleep we enter Theta and Delta. This allows both your minds and our bodies to heal and reset. When you aren’t getting enough sleep or deep enough sleep, it sets you up to experience an increase in depression and anxiety. SO REST UP!
Get Creative: Don’t get caught up in the prettiness or presentability of the work of art you create, just do it! It can be something as simple as doodling or just writing letters at slanted angles. People who have not experienced complex trauma might seem more naturally creative. And that’s okay.
If you’re one of those people I’m going to recommend: drawing, painting, singing, dancing, cooking, baking, etc. Find something that you enjoy and just do it! Don’t get caught up in the finished project.
New Learning: Evidence that shows that new learning helps the brain to heal. This is going to clearly look different for everyone. This could be learning a new instrument to play, or learning a foreign language, it might mean learning a new game to play and for others it might mean just doing some crossword puzzles.
The real question to ask yourself is, when is the last time I learned something new? The old adage if we are not learning we are dying is really accurate here.
Movement: There is research that shows people who walked one mile six days a week grew new brain cells.
That’s not necessarily realistic for every body, specifically those living in unwell bodies. You don’t need to run a marathon (unless that is your personal goal). However, but try to begin to gently move your body in a way that honors your body.
The goal is not weight loss or even exercise. The goal is simply for you to wake up the cells in your body. Gentle movement a few times a day can be very helpful for even the most sedentary bodies. My recommendation is to begin with some simple stretching and see how that feels. (Always consult a physician beforehand.)
Navigate your mental health differently this year. And make 2019 the year of great mental health and see how that trickles down to every other area of your life! Are you excited to see what else is possible?
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Let’s start the new year with you investing in your wellness.