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Prioritizing Mental Health in the New Year: Strategies for a Healthier Mindset

Setting goals can be a great way to kick off the New Year, but it can also come with added stress. While we often make New Year resolutions that focus on improving our physical health, it is equally as important for us to take care of our mental health.

Coping with mental health issues and overcoming the challenges of mental health stigma can be daunting, but taking proactive steps to foster a healthier mindset is within our control.  If you’re looking to start better mental health habits in the New Year, consider these practical tips:

  • Set Small Daily Goals. Amidst mental health struggles, accomplishing even the smallest goals can seem challenging. Start by setting one attainable daily personal goal that you can achieve on the same day. Whether it’s as simple as taking a shower or a short walk, make it something you genuinely want to do, not an external obligation.
  • Take Pride in Rest. In a society obsessed with productivity, embracing rest is essential. Allow yourself to take that nap, listen to meditation, and schedule moments of relaxation to enjoy life.
  • Lean On Others. While working on mental health can feel isolating, remember that you’re never truly alone. Reach out to your support system. Have coffee with a co-worker or neighbor. Find a friend to join you for errands. Or call a loved one when you feel isolated.
  • Practice Self-Compassion. Society often pressures us to achieve all of our goals, so exercising self-compassion is crucial when you feel you’re not where you want to be. Acknowledge your efforts, give yourself credit for doing your best, and treat yourself with the same kindness you would extend to a loved one.
  • Reward Progress, Not Perfection. Reaching any goal in life takes time, effort, and is rarely a straight line. Focus on the journey rather than perfection, celebrating the progress you’ve made.

As we step into 2024, remember to keep your mental health a priority by practicing kindness and compassion for yourself. If you’re struggling with your mental health, visit the Stop Stigma Sacramento Services page or call NAMI’s free helpline at 800-950-NAMI (6264). Know that help is always available.

Additionally, if you have personal experiences with mental illness or recovery, consider sharing your story to combat stigma and make a difference for others. Whether through social media or joining the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau, your narrative can inspire and support those on a similar journey. Learn more and apply to be in the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau here