A better mental health gives happiness, satisfaction and peace of mind, which leads to a better life. Life is a roller coaster for all, having ups and downs, good and bad, bitter and sweet experiences. This year you might have met many struggles and found hard to travel your life, not knowing where to end. Sometimes many would have thought of ending their lives and many did!!
But this year comes with a promise of not giving any bad experiences at all, but gives some strength and positive energy to overcome those hardships. We, mental health workers decided to forward our helping hands to those people, who want to ENJOY, to LOVE, to LAUGH, to LIVE.
Every year people take resolutions to change their habits, behaviours and many more. But this year, we take a pledge by accepting unique and healthy New Year resolutions for the betterment. So let’s welcome the year 2017 with happiness by bringing change in the self and the society. Here are some simple tips and techniques to follow.
- Talk about your feelings
- Stay active
- Eat well
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Keep in touch
- Ask for help
- Take a break
- Do things you are good at
- Accept yourself
- Care for others
Try something new
Make it a point to try new things. It could be anything – learning to play an instrument, going somewhere you haven’t been before, or even just trying a new cuisine. Try new things so that you can add it to your “bank of experiences”. Exploring gives you an opportunity to find your interests and talents, likes and dislikes. And if nothing, trying things will always give you great stories to share!
Awareness about your emotions
Make 2017 the year of emotions. As we grow older, a lot of us tend to control and restrict our emotions because we believe they make us look weak. As a result, a lot of adults are completely out of touch with our emotions. It’s time to make a resolution to be aware and in touch with our emotional side and to start expressing our emotions without hesitation. After all, we are no robots. Emotions are as natural to humans as digestion or breathing. Awareness of our emotions will help us be more understanding of everyone else’s emotions.
Know yourself better
“Who are you?” Can you answer this question without using your job, your relation to others, or your interests to define you? If the answer to that question is no then it’s time to take a step back and try to find answers. Lao Tzu said: “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” Although it is important to know about how the world works and to keep up with times, it is just as important to know who you are. So, for the upcoming year, make sure you take a step back to focus on yourself and who you are.
More quality time with loved ones
This might be one of the most common New Year resolutions but it is also a very important one. Millions of people make this resolution every year but not many keep it up because they believe that their loved ones will understand their situation. Many times, people forget that the time spent with those you love is much more valuable than any material gift given to them. With the rising stress levels at workplaces, it would also be beneficial to just disconnect from the corporate world for a little while to relax your mind. So it’s time to show family and friends how much they mean to you by making a little time for them. Be present to connect and communicate. Wouldn’t you want the same gesture to be shown towards you?
Stay physically active
Make a resolution to engage in some sort of physical activity every day. As adults, we don’t seem to find time as we are always stuck up with meetings, deadlines, and what not. Our jobs seem to keep us glued to our desks for way too long. Join a gym, yoga, or go for a jog around your neighbourhood. Physical activity allows you to break the monotony of work and at the same time helps relieve mental stress. And if you think you don’t have enough time to spare, ditch the lifts and escalators and start using the stairs.