Generally, New Year’s resolutions fall along the lines of traveling or losing weight, but the most important thing that is often forgotten by people is prioritizing their mental health. According to a recent study, more than 30% of Americans go through some kind of moderate to severe symptoms of depression and 38% of them also suffer from below-normal symptoms of anxiety. This means that one-quarter of Americans are struggling with poor mental health, thereby making it one of the biggest health factors in the nation.
If you search the web, you will get several self help articles on mental health but if you’re not big into reading, or you’re simply overwhelmed and anxious, here are a few simple steps that you can take to do on your own. This can have a massive impact on your life.
#1: Prioritize your ‘me time’
Self-help has also become a buzzword, which is for a very good reason and this is of crucial importance. Make sure you put an emphasis on you. Your first priority should be ‘me time’. Carve out time for all sorts of enjoyable activities even if it means half an hour everyday in the morning. Use this time for things like exercising and meditating. Similarly, you can take a bath in the evening or enjoy an interesting book.
#2: Self-love is important
Although there are several among us who are of the opinion that self-love is narcissistic, this is not true. You need to know that in order to be happy with your own self, it is important to practice self-love. No, this doesn’t mean that you have to keep blowing your own horn but it means telling yourself positive thoughts everyday instead of focusing on the negatives. You know the saying: keep a positive mindset. There’s a reason why everyone says it. Keeping a positive mindset is crucial.