But before you decide to (finally) quit smoking or eat less sugar, why not consider investing in your mental health as well?
This year, resolve to implement these five simple strategies to improve your mental health and happiness:
- 1. Be kind to yourself. Don't be so hard on yourself that you forget to enjoy the life you have. Whenever you find yourself ruminating, refocus your attention toward all the things you have, goals you've already accomplished and people who love and support you. Know that we all make mistakes and setbacks of any kind are part of the learning process. Research suggests that constant self-criticism and perfectionism doesn't just increase stress but can also hamper productivity and spur mental illnesses like depression and eating disorders. Continue reading.