Mental health is a neglected issue with most people. Physical health has always been the focus as people walk, jog, go to the gym and exercise, but often neglect the mind and emotions. People rarely visit a mental health professional when they are stressed and often wait for the situation to worsen before they decide to meet someone for help.
Let’s look at some ways to keep ourselves mentally healthy in 2023.
Track gratitude and achievement with a journal.
Write down three things you were grateful for and three things you were able to accomplish each day along with people that made you happy and smile. Keep reviewing this journal monthly so that you have an idea of all the good things that happened.
Start your day with a cup of coffee.
But don’t overdo it. Coffee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If caffeine does not suit you, green tea also works.
Set up a getaway or small holiday trip or road trip from time to time.
The act of planning a vacation and having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to eight weeks as per studies.
Work on your strengths.
Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence; then tackle a tougher task. Make a list of all the work to be done and keep ticking it off so you know how much you have finished.
Dr Avinash De Sousa is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist based in Mumbai. He is the Founder of the Global Society for Digital Psychology and the Founder-Trustee of the Desousa Foundation.