Tips for Good Mental Health in the New Year

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s a good time to bring mental health to the forefront. It’s actually just after the rush of the holidays that people see a rise in depression. The holidays bring in family and friends and general cheeriness; then afterwards, many people feel a sense of loneliness leading to depression. Fortunately, there are some ways to keep the blues away. Take the time to prepare yourself, and you can take the holiday cheers into the new year.

Count the small things. Sometimes, depression happens when we forget that there are actually a lot of things in our life going in our direction. Perhaps you are not in the ideal situation; who really is? But, there are probably a lot of things to be thankful for in your life: family, home, pets, a job, sleep, and whatever else makes you happy. Find the small things, and dwell on the good instead of the bad.

Take care of your body. It’s no secret that working out has a positive effect on our moods. Exercise creates endorphins, which helps control bad moods. Go ahead and hit the gym to keep up your self image. If you don’t have time for the gym, even standing up straight instead of slouching can bring good vibes.

Surround yourself with positivity. Unfortunately, bullies don’t only exist in junior high. Most people know a person that always seems down or negative, often toward other people. Find some positive friends, and spend your time with them; don’t let others bring you down. Ignore the negative talk, and surround yourself only with people and things that will bring you up.

Get on top of deadlines. Depression can also be brought on by an increase in stress. The more you can eliminate stress from your life, the more likely you are to feel good about yourself and your life. Don’t leave deadlines until the last minute. Stay on top of your obligations, and you’ll feel better at work, at home, and overall.

Laugh. Often times, we just take life too seriously; after all, nobody gets out alive. Take some time to laugh, whether it’s with a fun activity, a funny movie, or a group of friends known to let the good times roll. A fun night out can change your entire outlook on life.

Getting through the holidays and surviving the new year can be tough, but it’s not impossible. Get your body and mind ready now. Just a few simple tips can change your blues to good times,  and can improve your mood, and ultimately your life.

 

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