New Year, New You: Put yourself first in 2022
Happy New Year! These past two years have simultaneously felt like the blink of an eye and an entire decade. The pandemic set the roaring 20's off to an unprecedented start, and while we're still experiencing impacts of COVID-19, it's important to move forward into a more optimistic outlook. Join us in our journey of making 2022 the "Year of You"!
No one wants to be selfish, but when it comes to mental health and wellbeing, taking care of yourself trumps all.
Here are a few easy steps you can take to set yourself up for a happy, healthy year:
1. Don't set unrealistic resolutions. New Year's resolutions can be a helpful tool if used correctly, but if you set yourself up for failure, it may hurt more than help. Rather than being hard on yourself, set a goal that promotes mental wellness.
2. Build a strong support system. Whether it's family, friends, neighbors, or a therapist, reaching out and building a strong network of supporters is so important for mental health. If you're having a bad day, be open and honest and don't be afraid to ask for help or a shoulder to cry on.
3. Embrace therapy. Seeking professional help is one of the best things you can do for yourself, so try embracing therapy for the new year. Whether you're diagnosed with a mental illness or not, learning various coping mechanisms and talking through emotions is a great skillset to learn.
4. Spread awareness. While society is moving in the right direction, there is unfortunately still widespread stigma against mental illness. Be an advocate by sharing your own story, referring friends to therapy, and openly discussing mental health without shame.
Seize the opportunity to transform your life and prioritize mental health. By embracing therapy for the new year, 2022 is sure to be your best yet! If you're struggling with mental health this new year, licensed clinicians in our Counseling & Wellness Centers are here to help.
Call 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500) to request an appointment.