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A Year of Mental Well-Being

By Brandi Goodman

If you've had a particularly rough year, now's the time to focus back on yourself and your own mental well-being. Forget the bad and realize the good that can come from spending an entire year focusing on your own mental health and learning how to ease your mind in all situations. 

Start a Gratitude Journal

Focusing on negativity never helps anyone. It only allows you to dwell on all the bad things that have happened to you and feel as though life isn't fair. Focus on the good instead during this new year. Start a gratitude journal that showcases all of the amazing things that come your way. Did you have the most delicious cup of coffee when you woke up this morning? Write it down! Take note of how the flavor tasted on your tongue. Was the sun shining bright with a blue sky behind it that looked so beautiful? If it perked up your mood and got your attention, add it to your journal. Those seemingly small things can allow you to look back on a day you're feeling down and remember those blissful moments.

Engage in Creative Expression

Being creative is a great way to boost your brain. It can also help ease anxiety and allow you to see some beauty in the world -- coming from you. Paint a picture. Write a story. Color a page in your child's book. Do whatever feels right in the moment to simply create and be inspired.

Laugh as Often as Possible

You should spend your year laughing. Watch all the funny videos you want. Attend a comedy show. Spend time joking with your friends. Rewatch your favorite funny movie. Laugh as often as possible to experience the joy in life and ease the tension from a stressful day.

Try the Burn Method

Sometimes, the negativity wins out. No matter what you try, it's just too difficult to push a bad day out of your mind. In that case, don't! Try the burn method. Write down all of your thoughts and feelings about your day. Be mad. Explain how terrible the situation was and how it isn't fair that you had to endure it. When you've got all the words out on paper, burn it! Let the flames take away the negative thoughts and be done with it so you can move forward. 

There are so many things you can do to improve your mental well-being this year. The list doesn't stop here. Always look for the good, the joyful, the funny, the happy, and all the blissful moments that help make life worthwhile, and remember, you're part of that good, too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Katy, Tex.

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