In the coming weeks people will begin to reflect on what they liked and did not like about the year 2022. In between the hustle and bustle of the holidays, promises, goals and resolutions will be made on both a personal and professional level. When preparing for 2023, please remember to block off or schedule time to care for yourself.
The emotional toll on your mind, body and spirit from exhaustion, stress, overwhelm and fatigue may now be a distant memory. Hopefully it will stay that way if you follow these 5 tips to care for your mental wellness needs: 1. Breathe. Taking a few deep breaths can help slow your breathing and heart rate, relax your muscles, and calm your mind. 2. Putting yourself in time out. No, you’re not a toddler, but that doesn’t mean a time out doesn’t apply to reduce your stress level and feelings of being overwhelmed. You don’t have to sit in a chair in the corner. Instead do something you enjoy like riding a bike, yoga, painting, etc. 3. Self-Compassion. Don’t judge yourself too quickly when you have a misstep. Recognize no one is perfect and give yourself the benefit of the doubt. 4. Make sleep a priority. A good night’s sleep will help you be more alert and clear-headed. Making problem-solving and decision making easier and helping you control your emotions and reactions. 5. Set Boundaries. Even though it is difficult, saying the word “no” should be said without guilt. You can say no to anyone for any reason without having to give an explanation. Finding time for ourselves will continue to be a balancing act. The strides made in recent years to put mental wellness as a priority is encouraging. If you or someone you know are feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, or burned out, please reach out for help. There are many resources available on my website including books, workshops and online courses that will help you be mentally prepared for 2023.