The New Year can be a great excuse to take stock and work out what to improve in the months ahead.
If you do decide to choose a New Year’s resolution, try and pick something manageable. Choosing to make small, positive changes can benefit your confidence as they’re easier to keep up. Plus, they enable you to focus on doing something rather than giving up.
We’ve come up with some small, practical ideas that can benefit your mental health over 2018…
1. Try meditating
Meditation is a fantastic way to give your mind some time out and a chance to calm. Try to slot in one or two sessions a day – even if it’s only for five minutes.
2. Start a gratitude diary
Each day try to write down 1-3 positive things that have happened. These could be as small as “I had a laugh with a colleague” or “I ate a nice meal”.
This is a great way of training yourself to look at the positives of each day, which will help your mental wellbeing.
3. Try something new or develop an existing skill
Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument? Or perhaps you want to work on your conversation skills?
Taking up a new hobby or making a pledge to improve a skill can be a great confidence-booster! It can also be a good way of meeting new people and giving you something to look forward to in the week.
However, it’s important to avoid putting pressure on yourself to be ‘perfect’ – remind yourself that no-one can master a skill straight away, learning takes time and making mistakes helps you improve.
4. Make time to chill out
If you’ve fallen into the habit of staying late at work, you may decide to pledge to leave on time. This gives you the chance to recharge ready for the next day – being tired and run down won’t help your mind or your productivity.
Similarly, you could promise to block out some time each week for some “you” time. Do something that relaxes you, such as listening to music or having a soak in the bath.
…and while we’re on the subject – try to get enough sleep. You can read lots of tips on our sleep blog.
5. Get support if you need it
Feel as if you’re struggling to cope? Why not commit to seeking support in the New Year?
It takes great strength to ask for help, but it’s the first step towards getting better. You can read our advice on talking about your mental health or find out how to contact us here (please be aware that our opening hours over the festive period are different. For more information, see our post on Christmas opening times).
We provide support and advice for anyone who has ever worked in the UK’s automotive industry and their family dependents.