Start the new year off with your priorities in order. You are your number one priority. Your physical health and your mental health set the tone for your relationships, work life, and day-to-day interactions. Make your days easier on yourself by first prioritizing you.
Most people are familiar with ways to improve physical health such as eating healthy, getting more exercise, and getting more sleep. Mental health is a big factor in overall health as well. Mental health affects how we think, feel, act, make choices, and relate to others.
When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact.
Besides some of the items listed above that can directly improve physical health, here are some self-care practices to consider for improving mental health:
The important thing when it comes to self-care is to find what works for you and commit to making time and prioritizing it. Self-care does not need to be elaborate, but it should be an ongoing personal practice. Tonight, relax in a bath, listen to music, or read a book, just enjoy some “me time”.
If things in life are getting to be overwhelming and affecting your health causing difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating, or making it a struggle to perform usual daily responsibilities, then it’s time to talk to your medical provider.