It’s going to be a new year, and a new decade soon. Maybe you’re spending some time reflecting on how much you’ve changed from 2010-2019, or perhaps you’re wondering what the next year will bring. You may make those New Year’s resolutions where you promise to be more active. No matter what you’re doing for the new year, one resolution you should make is to focus on your mental health and make 2020 yours. Here are a few ways to do so.
Have Some Time To Yourself
Sometimes, saying no is a good thing. It’s nice to help others and to go out of your way to be there, but it can be a detriment to your mental health if you don’t have a break every once in a while. You should take some time alone. Don’t take on all that work. Maybe accept an invitation and have a good time. Learn to have that balance and making sure you focus on your mental health can improve.
Put Down the Phone and Sleep
People are sleeping less, and it’s not good for one’s mental health. There are many reasons for this. Our lives are more stressful, after all. However, one big reason is technology. Not only does the blue light, when you’re not using a filter, make it harder to go to bed, but that rush you get every time you check your notifications can make it more difficult to rest. We get that you have to see the hottest Twitter drama, but unwind an hour before bed by doing something that makes you tired. A better night’s rest is good for the mind.
Don’t Be Afraid to Talk to a Counselor
There are many healthcare scams out there, but one form of mental healthcare that’s not a scam is to talk to a professional counselor or therapist who excels in psychology. Many people think that a therapist is for someone who is at rock bottom, but this is not true. Everyone can benefit from seeking advice from a professional. Whether you’re talking to a life coach on how to be more confident or a therapist to help you learn how to manage your depression or anxiety.
Exercise has had a bad rap, as many people feel pressured into doing it to keep up their body image. However, there are many other reasons to work out, and one of them is that working out keeps your mental health up. Every time you work out, you feel much better about yourself, with your brain releasing endorphins to give you that happy rush.
Ease into exercise. Walk a little more, or do some crunches before working. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.
Find a Career You Love
A dead-end job can kill your mental health and break your spirit. Obviously, you can’t just find a better job right away, but you should do a bit of pondering. What is something you like doing that is profitable? Be it art, coaching, or anything else, see if there are any gigs online that you can look into as a side income. It may not be a full job, but with a bit of experience and dedication, you may be able to make a career out of it.
Let Your Feelings Be Known
Sometimes, you may be dealing with emotions that you keep bottled up. Anger, sadness, regret, and fear are just a few examples. Your 2020 should involve you not bottling up any feelings, but instead letting them out in a healthy manner. Whether it’s speaking to a counselor or writing down your feelings for the world to know, don’t feel afraid to show your emotional side once in a while.
Don’t wait until next year, or the year after, to start making changes to your life. Improving your mental health allows your brain to keep up with aging and with the ever-changing world. Don’t be left in the dust because of poor mental health.
2020 can be your year, but you need to make changes to how you live. Make 2020 yours by making sure you focus on your mental health today.
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