As you are in a new year, many of us have made resolutions to improve various aspects of our lives. One important resolution that is often overlooked, however, is taking care of our mental health.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and yet it is something that many of us neglect. Stress, anxiety, and depression are all common mental health challenges that can have a significant impact on our daily lives.
Making a resolution to prioritize your mental health can be a powerful step towards improving your overall well-being. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Make time for self-care: It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but it’s important to take time for yourself to recharge. This could mean setting aside time for activities you enjoy, such as reading, exercising, or spending time with loved ones.
When setting aside time for self-care it’s best to be as intentional about it as possible. Actually write the time into your calendar so that no other activities can take the priority away from your self-care. Then, during each self-care session, be sure to remove distractions so that you can take full advantage of the time spent on you.
Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, such as through meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few minutes to focus on your breath.
Build a support system: It’s important to have a network of supportive people in your life. This could include friends, family, or a professional support group. Having people to talk to and confide in can be a great source of comfort and help when you are struggling.
Having a support system to look after your mental health is essential for maintaining overall well-being and happiness. An interpersonal network can take many forms, including friends, family, colleagues, and even therapists or support groups. No matter what form it takes, a supportive group of friends and family members provides a network of people who can offer emotional, practical, and even financial support during difficult times.
One of the most important benefits of having a support system is the sense of belonging and connection it provides. When we feel isolated and alone, it can be difficult to cope with the challenges and stresses of life. A network of support can help us feel less isolated and provide a sense of community and connection.
Having the right support can also provide practical assistance during difficult times. For example, if you are dealing with a mental health issue, friends from your network can help you with tasks such as grocery shopping, cooking, and running errands. This can be especially helpful if you are struggling to manage your daily responsibilities due to your mental health.
Your network can also provide emotional support and validation. It can be comforting to know that you have people who care about you and are there for you when you need them. It can be especially helpful to have someone who will listen to you and validate your feelings and experiences, rather than trying to fix or minimize them.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, a support system can also provide motivation and encouragement to pursue self-care and seek professional help if needed. It can be difficult to prioritize our own well-being, but friends and family can remind us of the importance of self-care and provide the encouragement we need to seek help when needed.
It’s important to note that a support system is not a replacement for professional help. If you are struggling with a mental health issue, it is important to seek the help of a mental health professional in addition to having the backing of friends and family. However, a network of support can be a valuable resource in addition to professional treatment.
Seek professional help if needed: If you are struggling with persistent feelings of depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, it may be helpful to seek the guidance of a mental health professional. A therapist or counselor can provide you with the support and tools you need to manage your mental health.
It is important to find a psychotherapist who is a good fit for you and your specific needs. This might involve researching and looking into different therapists to find one who has the appropriate training, experience, and approach that aligns with your needs. It is also important to consider things such as location, scheduling, and cost when deciding on a therapist. You may want to ask potential therapists about their approach to therapy, their experience with certain issues, and their availability. It is also important to feel comfortable with and trust the therapist you choose.
“… a support system can remind us of the importance of self-care and provide the encouragement we need to seek help when needed.”
By making a resolution to prioritize your mental health, you can start the new year off on the right foot and set yourself up for success. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it, and remember to take time for self-care. With a little effort and dedication, you can make a positive impact on your mental health and well-being.
Alina Sosa-Perez, Psychotherapist
The most important thing to realize about your mental health is that you are not alone. Fortunately, there’s help available. Services For Living Well by Alina Sosa-Perez, an experienced psychotherapist, can provide the support you need during what can be a very difficult time of the year. We can work together to identify the sources of your sadness, anxiety or angst and find constructive ways to address them.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and ready to take some small steps to start feeling better, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.