Setting Mental Health Goals for 2021
A new year has begun, a fresh slate in many ways. But, then again, as we get underway in 2021, some things are very much still the same. In the last 12 months, the vast majority of people’s mental health has been tested. With latest announcements and a new lockdown in place, many will be frightened and scared of the psychological implications that lie ahead.
For those suffering from things, like depression, stress and anxiety, the latest Covid-19 announcements will only accelerate people’s insecurities and personal battles. Because of the circumstances, it’s never been more important to look after our mental health.
January has always been labelled as a month where we need to get our bodies back in shape. It’s also, however, a great opportunity to assess and prepare our mental health for the year ahead. Looking after our mind, is just as important as looking after our physical health.
To help with stress and anxiety, we’ve put together some tips that you can implement into your day-to-day life, to ensure you feel yourself in 2021. Setting goals and adopting new practices is a great way to start the year fresh, and manage your mental state. Why not try these for yourself?
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As mentioned, it’s vital we show the same level of care to both our bodies and minds. This can be achieved through the same means, like exercising, eating nutritious foods, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep. While you energise your body, you’re taking care of your mind. Things like exercise are also great for releasing feel good endorphins.
Don’t Ignore Your Thoughts and Feelings
If you are struggling, suppressing your feelings is one of the worst things you can do. As hard as it, try and address the issue head on and ask yourself: what is making me feel this way? Speaking to others is also a great way to combat mental pressure.
When something or someone has annoyed you, it doesn’t help to keep all that anger bottled up; this will only make you more frustrated and stressed. Chronic anger does our blood pressure, sleep quality, and heart rate no good – forgiveness is the natural solution. This allows both parties to move on and reduces stress massively.
Learn to Say Yes, and No
People suffering from stress and anxiety often lack the confidence to say yes or no in certain situations. For example, if you’ve been presented with a situation at work that pushes you out of your comfort zone, many people with anxiety may not feel up to the challenge.
On the flip side, someone may give you a pile of work that you simply don’t have the time or mental capacity to do. In this instance, it’s okay to say no. Accepting more than you can handle will only make your situation worse and heighten your feelings of stress and anxiety.
Ask for Help
There’s no shame in saying you need help. If you’ve physically hurt yourself, you’d never hesitate to call an ambulance, so why shouldn’t you do the same for mental health? There is a stigma around mental health, but it’s gradually being broken down. When people seek help this is a brilliant way to do so.
Commit to Therapy or Treatment
If none of the above work, and your situation is seemingly getting worse, don’t be afraid to seek therapy or treatment. Therapy sessions are a great way to get to the root of a problem by talking to someone. On the other hand, treatment is a powerful tool that solves mental health quickly and efficiently.
At EKCL, we provide an innovative way to tackle stress and anxiety. We understand that committing to a full cycle of treatment can be daunting and time consuming, which is why we offer a fast and effective solution. Using cutting-edge software and in-depth assessments, we get to the root of your problem fast.
If you’re worried about the year ahead, or stressed and anxious about what 2021 has install for us, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’re just a phone call away!