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For some of us, 2021 represented a return to normal in many ways. For others, it may have been another difficult year. Regardless of your experience, here are a few tips you can use to improve your mental health going into 2022.
You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: prioritizing our basic needs like eating, sleeping and getting physical activity is important for our mental health. Taking care of our bodies can improve our mood, stress levels, self-esteem and help reduce anxiety. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few strategies you can use to address the basics.
If you’re struggling, please reach out to someone you trust for help. Seeking connection and support from friends, family or professionals can help you through the hard times. Here are a few resources on campus that are available to help:
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please utilize emergency and crisis care options.
We live in a culture that emphasizes quick fixes and easy solutions. However, mental health is a complex issue, and it may take time, patience and practice to feel better. One important factor in working to improve your mental health is to stick with it.
For instance, if you know that going to bed early or disconnecting from the news is helpful for you, continue to do those things over an extended period of time. Similarly, if you’re in therapy, it’s important to do the homework or exercises provided by your therapist. These are just a few examples of how you can put what you already know to good use. It’s also important to know that there’s no shame in looking for alternative strategies, but remember not to neglect the tools that already work for you.
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