You may call us a little eager, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolution. Think back to the last three years and what you promised yourself you would do more of. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred we focus on improving our physical health. But what if this year you focus on your mental wellbeing? What if your new resolution is to find ways to improve your mind and thoughts, or find a way to better manage stress and your mental health.
Emotional wellbeing is a priority everyone shares or at least one we should share. Just look at the stats. 25% of people will suffer from some sort of mental health issue at some point in their life. Twenty-five percent. One in four. The odds are too high to ignore this part of our happiness and wellbeing.
Making your mind the priority next year isn’t just reserved for those that are battling depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, anxiety and everything else that falls within this bell curve. That’s because emotional wellbeing also affects day to day life such as stress, decisions, social events, how we connect with others, the kind of confidence we uphold.
So, if you find your head is subtly nodding as you read this, then here are our top tips on how to make your mental health the absolute priority going into 2018:
Let’s face it, whether you like it or not, life can be pretty stressful. In fact, it’s easy to feel as though stress is pretty much the default setting that most of us spend our time in. Between work, family, financial responsibilities, and everything else that you have to deal with, adult life can all get pretty overwhelming after a while. That being said, there are almost certainly specific times in life when the stress levels end up becoming even more significant. When that happens, it’s easy to feel like things are completely falling apart. Of course, things don’t have to be that way. You might not be able to avoid stressful situations, but it’s how you deal with those situations that makes all the difference. With that in mind, here how to deal with the stress of life.
It’s that time of year where the holidays are insight and the schedule is jammed packed. For those in school, I know exams, presentations, reports are coming up. For those who work 9-5 jobs, I know it is crunch time to make the most of the 4th quarter. And I know for anyone who is reading this, tons of holiday parties, family time, and dinners are about to commence. The pressure of fitting everything in, budgeting it all out, and having a moment to yourself is a lot of work. Throw in a few relatives you rather not see, and it becomes a tad overwhelming.
For me personally, my schedule is packed to the brim and not looking to lighten up anytime soon. The startup I am working with is about to launch to the public (ekk, super excited for you guys to try it out)! Holiday invites are already coming in, and I am gearing up to bring the best of the best Holiday content for all of you! When I am faced with time crunches like these, I often see where I can clear scale back or if there are commitments that can be placed on the back burner. When that isn’t even a solution, this is how I create balance during chaos!
I am writing this while laying on my hardwood floors drinking my second cup of coffee after spending two hours doing accounting and the morning deep cleaning the apartment. Looking through other drafted articles I had ready to go for this Friday, I realized let’s just begin with where I am today… Adulting is tough, man, but I rather learn that now.
Wow, that is a loaded title!! I mean dang, but this idea and topic came from the conversation that formed under the article, ‘ 5 Defeating Actions Keeping You From Success‘. What a powerful conversation that was and a great way to bring the community together. Thank you to everyone who shared!
I noticed a majority of comments touched on the idea of not taking on other people’s problems. The messages ranged from having a hard time with this idea to completely seeing how it has changed lives, and others spoke about how they really want to implement this idea into their current life. I found this fascinating and was really moved by each one.
I am not sure about you, but this Summer has been packed full of work, events, exciting moments, and personal challenges. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by constant change, long lists of things to do, and commitments. I recently learned these three easy tricks to relieve some of that stress. Keep reading!
Not too long ago, I cared more about other people’s opinions, comfort, and well-being than my own. And it was stifling my career.
I developed this serious obsession with people pleasing. The idea was lodged in my head that I am not supposed to “take too much”, “ask too much”, and “make sure I don’t rock the boat”. I said yes to obligations because I truly didn’t know how to say no. My time was no longer mine. If this makes sense to you, keep reading…
I remember vividly my college professor telling the class, “tell your friends to stop calling you about their bad news”. It shocked me. First, because I didn’t know where it was coming from. Secondly, the thought of telling people I loved to stop coming to me with bad news horrified me.
I have long been associated as the person with great advice, the therapist of the group. So you can see why this would rattle my core. What would happen if I didn’t help solve my friends and families problems? Even though I was unsure of the outcome, I slowly began implementing this rule over a few years. I was amazed what happened next.
I recently wrote an article for a friend about following your dreams. Pursuing your passions. The moment I sat down and began typing words of inspirations I had acquired through the years, I was flooded with feelings. For me writing is the process of taking a moment to pause, think, reflect and compose a letter to my closest friends (you). When constructing the piece on following dreams, I was reminded of what life is about. At least how I see it, and what I believe it is. I live by two pillars.