Set Mental Health Priorities for 2023

The start of 2023 is a wonderful time to prioritize your mental health if you still need to do so. The great news is that implementing some simple changes can help improve your wellbeing.

Block Out Self-care Time

You can define self-care as any activity that helps you take better care of your health. Therefore, it can include seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist, medical doctor or nurse practitioner. In some cases, you may not need professional help as it can also include going to the gym, getting outside for a few minutes, engaging with a faith community or practicing meditation. It is essential to schedule these activities and make them a priority in your life.

Get Enough Sleep

Studies have found that about 65% of people with depression do not get enough sleep. Research also shows that not getting enough rest is tied to seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Therefore, you should make sleep a priority throughout the new year. Using your bedroom for only sleep and going there and leaving at the same time are great starting places.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet throughout the new year can boost your wellbeing. Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables is a fantastic place to start as there is a link between physical and mental health, so building your immune system through a healthy diet helps. There are some foods that you will want to incorporate into your diet. Bananas contain tryptophan, which is excellent at lifting your mood. Quinoa is rich in quercetin. Research has shown that regularly eating this rice-like food helps you feel happier. Eating dark chocolate reduces stress.

Find a Confidant

Talking to a trusted friend is a great way to enhance your wellbeing throughout the coming year. It is often a great way to relieve stress and eliminate worry. Talking about an issue often is a wonderful way to formulate an action plan. Your friend can also add a new valuable perspective in solving dilemmas.

Almost everyone can benefit from seeing a mental health provider. Reach out to us today to set up an appointment.