When many people make resolutions for a new year, they often think about physical health, whether it is losing weight or eating healthy foods. However, our mental health is just as important. Maybe you struggle with a mental illness or you simply want to clear and brighten up your life. Here are five mental health resolutions infused with the spirit that are sure to help you through a new year.
Pick 1 Self-Care Habit & Stick to It
Self-care is just what it sounds like; it is our ability to take care of ourselves in a healthy and productive way. This can include simple tasks like brushing your teeth, showering, and eating three meals a day. If you have a mental illness, you know just how difficult these can be. For the new year, pick something you’d like to improve at and focus on making a habit. Pick a self-care habit that will ultimately make you feel better about yourself and that gives you a sense of satisfaction. Remember the scripture:
Be Calm & Still
The Book of Mormon reminds us that “it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.” We live in a busy, distracted world. Often, we think the solution is to do more. We push and push ourselves, wanting to do more and be better with the hope we’ll finally earn God’s grace. Grace, however, is a gift. It can’t be earned. Jesus Christ tells us to be still. When we are still, we are able to hear the spirit of the Lord more clearly in our lives. We are able to work through complicated emotions. Specifically plan times in your week to be still, without distraction.
As members of the Church, we asked to be honest in all of our dealings with our fellowmen. In our culture today, being authentic and vulnerable is hard. We don’t want to share our emotions and feelings, especially if they are negative. When we avoid being authentic and vulnerable, we miss out on fulfilling relationships that can provide us with peace, love, and stability. Seek to be authentic and honest. Focus on pleasing God more than pleasing man. If you are struggling with a mental illness, open up about it to trusted family and friends.
Cleave to Charity
Moroni 7 tells us to “cleave to charity.” When we are emotionally or mentally ill, it can be easy to let bitterness, anger, and anguish cloud our senses. By holding fast to a love of others and ourselves, we can keep our hearts soft and open to God’s healing power. Be especially kind and patient with yourself. Make a goal to diminish self-deprecating thoughts and to build self-love.
Fight the Stigma
Mental health is still shrouded with a lot of stigma. Being honest about mental illness is hard for many people, members and non-members alike. Take time this new year to fight this stigma. This could be discussing your own mental illness with a friend, supporting a cause or non-profit organization, or learning more about mental health yourself.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.