Pos­i­tive ‘New Year res­o­lu­tions’

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - MAU­RENE HOW­ELL

IT’S almost Jan­uary, 2015 and here we are at the start of another new year. What is 2015 go­ing to bring for you? What do you re­ally need and what do you want? Are you tired of feel­ing lonely or iso­lated or bored? Do you suf­fer or have you suf­fered from de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety or stress? Do you want to make a dif­fer­ence for your­self this year? Do you know some­thing is wrong, but you’re not sure what is re­ally trou­bling you?

A lot of ques­tions and they are all about you. Many of us make ‘New Year res­o­lu­tions’ but what are they? This year why not do some­thing new? We all have prob­lems from time to time, but it’s how we cope with them that will de­ter­mine the out­come and whether it be­comes a big­ger is­sue or even a cri­sis.

So, why not change a habit, for ex­am­ple. We can have good habits or habits that are not healthy or cause us to be­come bored. We might spend a lot of time look­ing at TV…. in mod­er­a­tion it’s ok but to al­low it to be the only thing we have an in­ter­est in isn’t good. Maybe this year you could take up a hobby, some­thing from which you get plea­sure that makes you feel good. Al­ter­na­tively, you might want to drop kick an in­ter­est you no longer en­joy. Our shoes aren’t the only things we grow out of!!

On my web­site you will find lots of read­ings to help with dif­fer­ent as­pects of men­tal health, but most im­por­tant ini­tially is an un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness of men­tal health. Re­mem­ber each of us is re­spon­si­ble for look­ing after our men­tal health and that in­cludes ask­ing for help if needed. A val­ued friend­ship is of­ten a won­der­ful support.

I men­tioned bal­ance be­fore and would like to em­pha­sise how im­por­tant it is. To get a bet­ter idea of ‘ bal­ance’ visit the web­site (de­tails be­low) and prac­tice grat­i­tude and hope, be de­ter­mined and not de­terred and even if you take five steps for­ward and one back…. you’ve still made progress… pos­i­tive rather than neg­a­tive. Re­mem­ber learn­ing liv­ing skills is for life, not a quick fix.

A thought: Al­ways have a goal - some­thing to work for. Your aim is to reach it and your hope is to score! Have a good day. De-clut­ter­ing phys­i­cally or men­tally is progress. You can see more clearly where you’re go­ing or what you want to do. So get go­ing! Good luck

For more ideas on how to care for your men­tal health go to www.pos­i­tive­mind­change.ie For in­for­ma­tion on talks and work­shops in 2015, call Mau­rene on 087 7145658 or e-mail pos­i­tive­mind­change@gmail.com

We all have prob­lems from time to time, but it’s how we cope with them that will de­ter­mine the out­come and whether it be­comes a big­ger is­sue or even a cri­sis.

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