Make Your Mental Health A Priority This New Year

Make Your Mental Health A Priority This New Year

Are you mentally and emotionally right where you want to be?
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It’s that time of year again — everyone is making a list of all the things they want to accomplish in the new year. More often than not, people focus on the psychical part of their lives that they want to improve upon whether it’s losing weight, starting a new diet or cutting out certain foods. Instead of focusing completely on working out and psychical health this year, I think it is important for people to focus on their mental health. Your physical health is important, obviously, but take the time this year to make sure that you are mentally and emotionally right where you want to be, to focus on the person that you truly are.

1. Put yourself first.

Don’t spread yourself too thin this year. Do the things that you enjoy, and stop saying "yes" to things that you don’t want to do just because you feel obligated. Make time for yourself. I know it can be hard not to help others, but if it is interfering with the things that you need to get done, it is OK to say no. I promise that no one will hate you and they will understand. Learn how to put yourself first.

2. Get enough sleep.

Getting enough sleep is so important. Whether you feel the need to finish everything immediately or push everything off to the last minute, know when to give yourself a break. Stop forcing yourself to finish things just to get them done. Put your best effort forward and, in the end, the outcome will benefit you even more.

3. Don't let people get you down.

Stop listening to everyone else. Even if what you are doing is making you happy, taking a negative person’s advice can mess with your head. If something you do makes you feel like your are standing a little taller and gives you butterflies in your stomach, never stop doing it. Not everyone is going to agree with you. People are not going to like and approve of everything you do. Do something that makes you smile — that’s all that matters.

4. Alone time is good for you.

Everyone needs a few hours to be by themselves in a quiet room to relax and decompress. Even if you have a lot to do, alone time is a must. Take a bubble bath, read a book, watch a movie, take a nap, paint your nails, write, draw, paint, do anything. A little down time to stop worrying about everything will recharge your mind and body.

5. Feel great about yourself.

It's so easy to just throw on sweatpants and a sweatshirt, but the days in which you feel like you look good, are the days you feel good too. For one or two days a week, do your hair, your makeup and whatever else makes you smile a little brighter while looking in the mirror. When you feel more confident in your appearance you will feel better about the world around you.

In 2017 we all need to remember that our mental health is as important as our physical health. It's completely acceptable to feel like things aren't going your way. But this year, make sure to get the help you need to love yourself just a little bit more. You are strong enough to become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Just remember: don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be afraid to put yourself first, don’t be afraid to say that your mental health is important.
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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.

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Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.

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