January is traditionally when everyone says “New Year New Me”, people start their unattainable New Years resolutions that last a few weeks at best, it’s not all about the physical. How many of you have already put off starting until tomorrow?!
Now more than ever we need to look after our mental health as well as the physical.
Poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions. People with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions, just as people with chronic physical conditions are at risk of developing poor mental health.
You need to look after your mental and physical health in conjunction with each other. One is just as important as the other.
In order to maintain both your mental and emotional health, it’s seriously important to be aware of your needs and feelings. Don’t allow your stress and emotions to build up. The first thing you should do is to maintain a good balance between your normal responsibilities and the things you enjoy doing. Do things that positively impact others, being useful to other people and being valued for what you do can help build your self-esteem.
Practicing self-discipline is really important. Self-discipline leads to a sense of happiness and accomplishment, which can help you overcome feelings of helplessness and other negative thoughts.
Try learning or discovering new things. Take an adult education class, or join a book club, visit a museum or simply try and polish up your German!
A healthy balanced diet is key in helping you feel good, quality food is vital in maintaining a healthy body and mind.
Don’t let others define you, be happy with who you are. No one is perfect, everyone possesses both good and bad qualities.