A New Mindset for 2021

2020, a year of unprecedented challenges and hardships, has finally come to a close. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our economy, our physical health and our mental well-being. Rates of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed while we struggle with loneliness and isolation. People are more stressed than ever and we’re seeing alarming rates of substance abuse.

A New Mindset for 2021

As we welcome 2021 we encourage you to make your mental health a priority. The New Year is synonymous with change, but typically people focus on their physical health, career or finances, such as losing weight or getting a new job.

We’ve identified tools to get you out of the 2020 slump. Although the vaccines are being distributed and hope is rising, please pace yourself. This is not a sprint, but rather a marathon. Small steps can lead to big changes.

*Exercise – Make time in the coming year for exercise as it helps boost the mood and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. When you exercise your body releases endorphins, your brain’s happy chemicals that trigger a positive mindset.

*Set boundaries – Become comfortable with saying “no” and establishing boundaries so you’re not overly committed in the New Year. Be realistic about what you can handle and allow yourself time to relax.

*Practice self-care - Your physical and mental health are intertwined so proper nutrition and quality sleep are essential. Practicing positive self-talk, daily affirmations and journaling are wonderful tools to stay present and focus on what’s good in your day. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation or yoga, are proven to help as well as making a daily gratitude list.

*Share your feelings – Bottling up your feelings will not make them go away and may only delay getting necessary help. Share with a confidant, take an online screening test or reach out to a professional. It’s easier than ever to get help thru virtual therapy and teleheath options.

*Set SMART goals – goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely – to help you stay focused. Examples include getting eight hours of sleep a night, reading a new book each month and having a socially-distanced visit with a family member each week. Please be gentle with yourself as this is a process and will take time.

You’re not alone. Our team at WellBridge Healthcare is committed to helping patients and their families understand the causes and symptoms of mental illness, as well as the treatments to help patients lead healthy and productive lives. If you are experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, please contact WellBridge Healthcare at 972-596-5455 (Plano) or 817-361-1991 (Fort Worth). We are available 24/7.

By WellBridge Healthcare