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Actively Improving Your Mental Health in the New Year

Actively Improving Your Mental Health in the New Year / Blog Simplicity in Vogue / @ByAndreaB - wellbeing, depression, anxiety, eating disorder

Mental health had somewhat of a taboo attached to it in the past. To some extent, many of us avoid talking about it still today. There are lots of people who have faked a physical illness in order to take time off work to deal with a mental illness and plenty of people who are missing out on therapy and treatment because they are reluctant to talk about their struggles and symptoms with their doctor. But the good news is that we are, as a society, becoming more and more open about mental health and mental illness. If you have found yourself facing mental health concerns at any point through 2018, you should take the step into the new year as an opportunity to actively improve your mental health as best as you can! Here are a few steps that you can take in order to get the ball rolling in the right direction:

Seeking Professional Help

If you haven’t yet been diagnosed with a mental illness or mental health problem, but feel that how you’re feeling isn’t quite right or have identified particular symptoms in yourself and your thinking or behaviour, it’s important that you seek professional help. This will allow a professional to identify symptoms, diagnose problems, and get you started on your journey to management or recovery. There are specialists in all areas of mental health. Some common areas include:

Connect with Others

Individuals suffering from mental health disorders are likely to isolate themselves or withdraw themselves from social situations for a variety of reasons. They might not feel up to socialising, they might be embarrassed by their illness, or they may feel anxious in social situations. But wherever possible, do try your utmost to connect with others. This doesn’t necessarily mean pushing yourself to lead a hectic social life. It can involve baby steps, like calling up a relative now and again, attending a social event here and there, or whatever you may feel comfortable doing.

Be Active

It may feel frustrating when people say that exercise and leading an active lifestyle can improve your mental health. Of course, running on the cross trainer for half an hour every other day isn’t going to make your mental illness disappear. But studies have found that keeping active can help to boost your mood at least a little. So, why not give it a try? Choose a form of exercise that you will enjoy. Whether this is a team sport, yoga, swimming, or simply a quick workout in the gym.


These are just a few steps that you can take that could help to improve your mental health and your general sense of wellbeing in the new year. Try your best to incorporate them into your lifestyle! Let me know in the comments what you think about it!

See you soon! :)

xx,
Andrea

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