After a relaxing holiday season, it can be stressful and anxiety-inducing to get back into your daily routines. Unfortunately, mental health is heavily stigmatized within our society. Though many men face mental health issues, men are less likely to get treatment.
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However, this doesn’t have to be the case. We all have the power to take charge of our mental health. The new year's start offers a unique opportunity to pick up new hobbies, drop old habits, and change your attitude. Here's how you can take charge of your mental health today:
Keep up with relationships that are healthy and rewarding
Researchers have found that people who are more socially active have a higher quality of mental health. Instead of isolating, try your best to sustain your positive relationships with coworkers, family members, and friends. Keep up with them digitally through video chat parties and events, and if you can, do a socially distant activity like taking a walk around the park.
However, there can be instances where you need to detach from certain people to sustain your mental health. Do you find yourself frequently arguing with someone? Is someone always passive-aggressively insulting you and making you feel bad? You can always try to work it out. But there can be a moment in which you realize that enough is enough. This new year let go of any toxic relationships that are weighing you down.
Do mindful meditation exercises
Throughout the day, meditate when you need to feel relaxed. By doing mindfulness exercises, you can get more insight into your emotions and increase your ability to pay attention. Schedule meditation breaks during the morning and afternoon and get some time away from your computer.
Frequent meditation research has shown can boost the quality of your relationships and may help you overcome anxiety. Are you new to meditation? No need to worry; there are plenty of smartphone apps that can show you how to do it from the comfort of your home.
It’s been shown that doing physical exercise can be great for your mental wellbeing and help with anxiety and depression. The new year is a perfect chance to start a workout routine. Since there are so many different activities out there, you can undoubtedly find one that's right for you. On YouTube, there's a wide range of classes taught by experts. Even when it’s cold out, you can exercise whenever, wherever. You can also set up a video chat workout with some friends — crank up the pop songs and make it a social activity!
Reach out to get some professional help
Though there are plenty of things you can do to take charge of your mental health, it's vital to get extra help if you're not feeling great. While it can be overwhelming, you should reach out to a friend, family member, or partner who can help and support you through this difficult time. Look for a licensed counsellor, psychologist, or psychiatrist depending on your needs.
Now that it’s a new year, you should consider your priorities and personal goals. Improving your mental health can subsequently lead to you reaching other professional and personal goals, and so it should be regarded as just as important as your physical health. If you aren't motivated and happy, you won't get very far. We all have the potential to find happiness. With the right tips and professional help, you can get there.