Mental illness is a particularly challenging condition to live with each and every day. More often than not, those who suffer from some form of mental illness will be blamed for their condition, insulted, or been simply labeled as moody, erratic, or difficult to deal with.
As cliche as it may be, many of us still make New Year’s Resolutions each and every year, only to be hit with self-doubt and crippling disappointment. Often, this is because we are setting the bar too high for ourselves, and thinking about how we appear to others rather than how we appear to ourselves. One of the best things you can do for your mental health as we ring in 2021, is set some resolutions that focus on mental wellness. Courtesy of Lehigh Center for Clinical Research, here are four easily-attainable New Year’s resolutions that will benefit your mental health.
Is there anything more human than our attraction to familiarity and routine? For many of us, habits can be a good thing. Take driving to work for example. After some repetition, you no longer half wonder where you should turn or which exit to take, because taking that route has become habitual. This is the same argument that many people have when it comes to healthy eating and exercise. After a while, you get used to it.
There’s no guidebook or set directions to raising kids, and it is certainly no easy feat. Parents always do the best they can teaching kids about the rules of society, such as sharing toys and completing chores to build responsibility, but being human doesn’t end there. As parents teach their kids about the importance of being active and eating healthy, it’s also important to realize that we consume a lot more than just food. We consume information and everything around us, and with technology and social media, kids are being fed a lot these days. Now more than ever it’s important to teach kids about the importance of mental health and how to handle the emotions that come with being human.
As the Lehigh Valley transitions into the green phase and businesses begin to open back up and lessen restrictions that were placed amid COVID, many people will be eager to resume their “normal” lives. However, there will also be some individuals who will be apprehensive and fear leaving their home and returning to a social lifestyle following months of quarantine.
Doctors and medical workers who fight COVID-19 on the front lines have been rightfully praised and celebrated by many for their diligent work, but few have addressed the toll the pandemic has had on their mental health.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many government officials have ordered for Americans to stay in their home for their own safety and the safety of others. However, some homes do not provide a safe shelter and there has been a rise in domestic violence, child abuse, and depression over the past few months.
While many workers across the country have been ordered to work from home during the current Coronavirus pandemic, our healthcare professionals continue to go into the hospital every day to protect and care for our communities and they deserve a big “thank you.”