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As you are adjusting to the new year, don't forget to consider incorporating positive changes to strengthen your mental health. As a spike in reports of anxiety and depression continue to rise it is important to consider active steps you can take to improve your mental health.
Here are a few of our recommendations:
1. Make goals with actionable and achievable steps.
Once you establish your goal break it down
into smaller trackable goals and praise
yourself as you progress. Acknowledging
your progress will help you stay
For example, if you set a goal to be a
happier person. Think about a time when you
felt happier and the factors in your life
during that time that contributed to your
feelings of happiness. Break down your
larger goal into smaller goals
incorporating factors that help you to feel
fulfilled, such as, journaling nightly,
spending more time with friends, and/or going for walks
more often. This will help you acknowledge and tack
achievable steps to meet your goal.
2. Spend some time strengthening your inner connection.
Life is busy and it is easy to get stuck going
through the motions. However, we suggest
spending time connecting your mind and
your body. There is evidence that suggests
that those who are more connected with
their body and emotions are better at
managing their emotional responses.
To strengthen your mind and body
connection try spending a few minutes each
day bringing your focus in on your breath
and inspecting your body with curiosity.
This will help you build your mind and body
3. Acknowledge your inner dialogue.
How do you speak to yourself? The way you treat
yourself matters, and you should treat yourself just as
kindly as you do your best friend. Don't be hard on
yourself and embrace your humanity, even the not so
shinny parts. Reducing self-judgement and increasing
self-respect will help you build a more positive outlook
As we reflect on the loss of those impacted by suicide, we embrace the fact that no one truly knows the struggle of someone else. As a resource, we want to provide you with helpful tools should you or someone you know struggle with thoughts of suicide.
What to look for: Warning signs of suicide:
Some behaviors may indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide.
The following three should prompt you to immediately call or text 988 (988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) or call a mental health professional.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Other behaviors may also indicate a serious risk—especially if the behavior is new; has increased; and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or feeling isolated
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Displaying extreme mood swings
Knowing the signs and risks can be helpful in motivating you or someone you know to seek out support. If you or a loved one is struggling do not hesitate to reach out for help. Crisis intervention is available and can be reached utilizing a call or text to 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, calling 211, going to your local emergency room, or dialing 911 for emergencies.
Please note, this blog should not be used for crisis intervention.
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