Towards A Mentally Healthier New Year

A new year provides the opportunity for a fresh approach however often New Year’s resolutions don’t work as people can set goals that are hard to achieve, and then feel bad about themselves if they don’t achieve them.

Be kind to yourself in 2021. Any small steps you make towards a healthier lifestyle will help support better mental health.

  1. Eat More Vegetables – Eating a balanced diet supports good mental health. Reduce sugar and fatty foods and increase vegetable intake, especially leafy greens.
  2. Exercise More – Aim to do some form of exercise each day. It doesn’t have to be a serious work out, even a walk around the block can boost endorphins and help you feel better.
  3. Prioritise sleep – Getting enough sleep is critical for our mental health. Avoid caffeine and alcohol and try turning off screens an hour before bed.
  4. Reduce time online – We know that too much screen time is bad for our health. Monitor your use, reduce time on social media and consider other ways to spend your time.
  5. Practice self-care – In our busy world checking in with yourself and doing the things that support your wellbeing are important. Don’t feel guilty for having that bath or cup of tea.
  6. Try mindfulness – Studies have shown that minfulness can help some people relax, reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Try taking some time to quieten your mind.
  7. Connect with others – Keeping socially connected has a range of health benefits. Prioritise making time to connect with people around you or try joining a new social activity.
  8. Reach out for help if you need – If you are feeling stressed or down make sure you reach out to family or friends, see your GP or access phone and online support services.