Entering a new year allows one to reflect and select the direction for an improved way forward. Setting goals can fuel your motivation to work towards what is important. Identifying specific efforts can support you in taking the proper steps to make those desired changes. Physical health, careers, finances, and relationships are typically at the top of most aspiration lists. Now is the time to include your mental health goals when setting your intentions for the year.
Attending to your mental health will advance your emotional and social well-being, increasing your capacity to achieve your goals. Mental health underpins all facets of life and influences thinking, moods, and behavior. Your state of mind is interconnected to approaching and working on what you want. For example, being emotionally drained creates difficulty in finding the desire to exercise, connect with others, work productivity, and more. Good mental health reduces risks for several chronic physical health conditions. It is also important to note that significant physical and psychological health benefits are mutually reinforcing.
We must take care of our mind in tandem with other parts of our body. As you prepare your intentions for the new year, be proactive in prioritizing your mental health by developing new mental health goals utilizing the four steps outlined below to guide you:
Making time for your mental health is the kindest thing you can do for yourself and others. When you are in a good place mentally, you can give and receive thoughtfully. As you continue to move forward in this new year, make sure to set new mental health goals for 2022.