While many people center their New Year’s resolutions around diet and exercise, there is another important area that many of us can, and should, focus on in the coming year: improving mental health and well-being. So as we head full-force into 2015, it’s important to not only consider ways to incorporate exercise and eating right into your lifestyle, but to look at ways in which you can improve your mental health (and the mental health of your family) in the year ahead.
According to the World Health Organization, good mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Good mental health is a critical part of a person’s overall health – with numerous studies showing that individuals with poor mental health are at increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
So what are some things you can do to improve your mental health in 2015? In addition to a good diet, regular exercise and plenty of sleep, it’s critical to learn ways to reduce and manage stress in your life. Stress definitely can have a negative impact on our mental health – in fact, a recent study found that stress can make the brain more susceptible to mental illness. Try to make reducing stress, and learning ways to manage the everyday stresses of life, important resolutions this year. If you (or someone you know) need help in managing stress and dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety, make sure to seek the help of a mental health professional who can provide you with strategies to cope with and reduce stress and anxiety in your life.
The start of a New Year is a great time for making important changes in your life that can have a positive effect on your overall health and mental health. However, remember that you don’t have to wait until the start of a New Year to make these changes … and you can incorporate positive changes in your life, and seek the help that you may need, at any time of the year. At Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center, we’re here to help our clients get on the right track and improve their mental health at any time – and can help implement a plan and the strategies that can help you experience good mental health all year long.
For more strategies on how to improve your mental health and well-being this coming year, click here to read a recent TIME Magazine article “7 Mental Health Resolutions for 2015”: http://time.com/3641834/mental-health-resolutions. In addition, for more information about how Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center can help you or someone you know improve mental health in the year ahead and help you make some personalized Mental Health Resolutions that can change your life, call us anytime at 843-757-7500.