Among a list of priorities to begin a new year should be a person's own mental wellness, according to Nathan Miller, director of Cumberland Mental Health Center, Lebanon.
Miller said, while many take the opportunity at the beginning of the year to make plans - some in the form of New Year's resolutions - about their jobs, their social activities and other aspects of their lives, it is also a good time to evaluate what might be done to encourage mental wellness.
Likely because it is the appropriate time to begin planning for a year's-worth of better mental health, the last week in January is set aside each year as "Mental Wellness Awareness Week."
The World Health Organization defines mental wellness as "a state of well being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Some activities you may find useful in helping to promote your own mental wellness this year include:
finding time for yourself for relaxing,
developing a new hobby or reading,
setting aside regular periods for physical exercise that can stimulate your heart rate,
relying on personal friendships and relationships to share some of the burdens your are carrying within,
eating foods that provide nutritional value to help you function physically and mentally,
and making sure you are getting a sufficient amount of rest and sleep.
All of these considerations can be of benefit to a person's mental wellness and can also help relieve much of life's daily stress.
For more information about this topic or other matters relating to mental health issues, please contact Cumberland Mental Health Center's toll free intake line at (877) 567-6051 or visit us on the web at www.vbhcs.org.
Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System has provided prevention, treatment and recovery services for more than 40 years. As a leader in behavioral health care, VBHCS continues to be dedicated to the service of community members across Tennessee.