Welcome to 2020! A little late I know, but better late than never.
There’s a lot of excitement about the New Year mostly because it’s the start of a new decade and maybe also because it’s a leap year (hurrah for one extra day!). I’ve seen a lot of goals for the year and as with most new years resolutions, the most common are related to loosing weight, eating healthier, exercising regularly and saving more money.
There is no doubt that all of these are good resolutions, but if there’s one thing I want more people to focus on in this year and beyond, it is mental their health. This is because mental health is an integral part of our overall wellbeign and impacts our everyday life. So yes you may lose weight, eat healthier and save more money but you wouldn’t find balance if your mind is not right.
Often times we push our mental health to the back burner only taking a reactive approach to support crisis moments. We will only stop to have our emotional and mental health checked out when we have reached a breaking point or have become incapable of functioning normally in our day to day lives.
But we don’t have to wait until we can no longer function to seek a resolution, we can all work towards proactively in seeking to improve our mental health by adopting simple lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, eating balanced healthy meals, spending time with loved ones and getting a good nights sleep.
We can also save ourselves from mental trauma by learning to identify the triggers that will hinder our mental health and work towards getting long term solutions by seeking professional help. While it’s normal to feel stressed or nervous from time to time, some behavioral signs and patterns may help identify when it’s more than just everyday stress and to seek help.
Some common signs to look out for include;
- Feeling anxious, depressed, tearful or continuously irritable
- Unregulated sleep schedule; either sleeping too much or not enough
- Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and low self-esteem; withdrawing or avoiding normal social situations
- Feeling continuously emotionally drained and physically exhausted often without cause
Remember our physical and mental health go hand-in-hand, we cannot neglect one and focus on the other if we want to thrive. We must consciously work towards taking care of both our minds and body, understanding them and improving them in order to meet our goals for 2020 and beyond!