Let’s face it - 2019 was rough. But with the start of the New Year finally approaching, this is the time to reflect on the past and set healthy and productive intentions for the upcoming year. While setting resolutions such as perfecting your new vegan diet, mastering a workout routine, or merely picking up healthier habits along the way are all great starts in creating a healthier lifestyle, we believe in the importance of also contributing to your mental health rather than just your physical health. The mind is one of your greatest assets! Do not be afraid to check in with yourself and practice some easy mental health goals to be sure to start 2020 off on the right foot!
Sometimes sticking with goals can be quite challenging. We often try to come up with excuses on why we might avoid doing specific tasks, such as we do not have the time to work on them. Often, the trouble comes from creating too unrealistic of goals that, once usually started, can become quite daunting. It is best to start off easy, creating little goals and activities that can be done without much of a challenge but ultimately still provide a reward. When it comes to mental health, there are many options when it comes to creating new practical goals to promote a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few tips that can make your well-being a top priority!
Take Time To Reflect on Your Emotional State
There is often a stigma that comes with the idea of being vulnerable or expressing one’s emotions. We are here to put that stigma to rest! Pretending that you aren’t affected by a situation is going to fix anything. Instead, focus on what you are feeling. In doing so, can you then quickly address where the root of the problem may be coming from. Having the time to reflect will allow you to become more familiar with how you handle certain situations. Holding in your emotions will only create more significant stress in the end! Feel those feelings!
Engaging in mindfulness exercises can help you focus on the breath while allowing you to slow down any anxious thoughts and ground yourself in the present moment. This idea goes hand-in-hand with taking time to focus on your emotions. While stepping back for a moment and taking time to beware of the things around us, in the long run, will create a much more enlightened emotional state of well-being. Here are a few easy ways to practice mindfulness:
- Keep a journal and take a few minutes each day to jot down three things that made you feel happy or grateful.
- Look at an object as if you are seeing it for the first time and observe it with your senses. For example, notice the color and shape of a strawberry. Take a bite and focus on the texture and the taste.
Let Nature Do The Nurturing
According to a study done by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, being in nature or even viewing scenes of nature, has been known to increase one’s own emotional well-being. In addition, being outside can aid in reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and aid in the production of stress hormones. In letting nature do the nurturing, try to bring plants into your home or work space. Get creative in bringing nature to technology by having a leafy green background on your computer or cellphone. And when you can, do not be afraid to take a walk in the park, the beach, or even just your neighborhood - let the nature detoxing begin!
While these tips are definitely practical for creating easy mental health goals, if you are expressing mental health issues, do not be afraid to reach out to someone. Know that you are not alone and that you and your mental health are valid. Surround yourself with those who support you and remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health!
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