January is filled with people readying themselves to fulfill their resolutions, goals, and expectations for the New Year. Whether it be spending less time on social media, joining a gym, trying new things, people are feeling this sense of newness. “New year, new me”, right? Except, it’s not always that easy, especially when it comes to your mental wellness. This time especially, between long nights and seasonal depression, people struggle with their mental wellbeing.
January is Mental Wellness Month and below are some tips for you to help take care of yourself. One thing that is important to remember is that you aren’t alone. “According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 43.8 million, or 1 in 5 adults in the U.S., suffer from mental health issues annually.” (Suraliya, 2023.
This isn’t a battle you have to face alone. Spending more time with your loved ones can help improve your mood and relationships. Also planning a trip, showing gratitude, and taking better care of yourself can help combat mental illnesses and general life dissatisfaction. If you decide that maybe you need some more guidance or help, therapy is another way of taking care of your mental wellbeing. A “new you” is absolutely possible in the New Year, but so is becoming a better, healthier you.
The Eastern Shore Community Services Board offers outpatient mental health services, telephone counseling, and preventative services, including free trainings on Mental Health that may be beneficial for helping individuals experiencing mental illnesses.
For more information and additional resources, visit the Eastern Shore Community Services Board website at www.escsb.org
Suraliya, S. (2023, January 5). Celebrate Mental Wellness Month in January 2023.