The idea of “new year, new me” is not as easy to do as it is said. Nonetheless, these new ambitions or goals that we set mostly stem from the idea of building a better life physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, and socially. But while running through the maze of goal setting and achieving, it is not uncommon for almost all of us to sway past our capabilities and exhaust ourselves in the process. Over time, we tend to give up on these goals by labeling them ‘unrealistic.’ This leads to reduced self-esteem and increasingly depressing frustration and stress.
According to the National Mental Health Institute, approximately one in five individuals have mental health issues indicating that it is high time that we realize the importance of mental health upkeep in 2022. Following are some mental health tips for self-improvement in 2022 to increase your work efficiency and success rate.
1. Prioritize basic needs
As trivial as it may sound, mental health issues are exaggerated by not sleeping, eating, and exercising on time. Setting up proper sleeping schedules and achieving 6–8 hours of optimal sleep, eating well-balanced three meals a day, and engaging in some sort of physical activity daily are three of the simplest tricks to boost mood and increase self-esteem.
2. Allot time for self-care
While you set aside time this year for professional activities, remember to find time to love yourself and engage in self-compassion by appreciating all your efforts and bidding goodbye to the perpetual negative self-talk. This might include taking time out of your day to slow down and practice mindfulness through meditation or yoga, or journaling.
3. Improve your social and emotional skills
Accepting and conquering challenges boosts your mental health. Building deeper and meaningful connections with fellow humans and communicating your thoughts and feelings can improve self-confidence.
4. Challenge yourself, but properly
Make sure to set realistic goals and realistic deadlines. Remember that there are no quick improvement tactics or shortcuts. Personalize your work strategies to suit your demands and stop doing it the way your richer neighbors would have done it.
5. Talk to someone
Finally, if you have been someone who has been struggling with serious mental health issues such as anxiety or depression and has been finding it tough to battle these issues, it is time for you to seek out help. If you’re not comfortable, or can afford, seeking professional help, then find a close confidant with whom you feel safe expressing yourself.
If you can afford professional help, then a psychotherapist is your best option. You can approach our Lifeworks counseling center based in Carrolton, Texas, or you can engage with our therapists through teletherapy. Find out more about us on our website. In 2022, break the stigma of asking for help and get yourself in the best mental zone.
In conclusion, to keep your mental health in shape in 2022, take mindful time out to slow down instead of grinding yourself under work and social pressure. Actively monitor your mental and physical health to get the best out of yourself. Get in touch with us if you need more help.