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New Year Resolutions To Enhance Your Mental Health

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The pressure that comes with New Year’s Eve resolutions can often be counteractive to starting off your year feeling good. Many of us can make big resolutions with well intentions, but find ourselves feeling discouraged a few days later if we’ve set ourselves up to do too much, too soon. It’s important to go easy on yourself and think of simple resolutions you can add into your routine, for improving your overall mental health and wellbeing. 

If you’re looking for some positive and achievable steps to take, here are our top 5 ideas to look after your mental health in 2021.

Connect with others

Having meaningful and satisfying relationships with others is vital for our mental health. But they are also easy to neglect, especially in these physically-distanced times.  Invest in the friendships  you have, even if this is done through text messages, phone calls or online for the time being. Or, find ways to connect with new people if you’d like to expand your social circle.  

A good sleep routine

Sleep is incredibly important for your mental and physical health. Simple changes to your evening, such as switching off devices an hour before bed, getting changed into PJs, doing some gentle stretches or a relaxation exercise, or reading a book can help to prepare you for a well-rested night of sleep. Waking up at the same time each morning, increasing exercise and limiting caffeine to earlier in the day can also help.

If you would like to learn more tips for better sleep check out our Free Managing Insomnia Course.

Make time for some light exercise 

Try to fit in some physical activity to your routine, but pick something that you enjoy. You’re more likely to stick to something if it makes you feel good. Don’t aim for a marathon when a short walk around the block will do the trick. Choosing a more realistic goal will increase the chances of making your new routine last!

Incorporate some mindfulness into your life

Practicing mindfulness, the state of being aware, present and non-judgmental, will help you be in the here and now. Many people then find they enjoy life’s simple pleasures more. What are your simple pleasures? Plan to do the things that bring you joy – then do them mindfully! If you find worry or negative thoughts getting in the way, shift your attention back to the activity so you can focus on what you are doing. Being mindful can help you engage with life in a more full and balanced way. 

If you would like to learn more tips for being mindful check out our Free Intro to Mindfulness Course. 

Seek support when needed

 If you’re struggling, try to remember you don’t have to go it alone. Whether you book a consultation with your GP or health professional, or talk to a friend about what you’re going through, it’s important to put your hand up if you need help. There are many pathways to mental health care, and an online course with THIS WAY UP could be one of them. If you’re not sure how you’re feeling or which course to take, you can use our simple ‘take a test’ tool to find out.

Remember, when things get hard, it’s important to express yourself calmly and effectively so you can get the help you need from those around you. This means making sure you describe how you feel, asking for what you need and being a good listener in return. 

If you would like to learn more tips for enhancing your mental health, take a look at our online self-help courses.

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