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Prioritizing Your Mental Health In 2023

Prioritizing Your Mental Health In 2023

Mental health should be a priority regardless of what else is going on in our lives but especially after such an unpredictable year as 2022 was! This new year is the perfect opportunity for us all to focus on improving our mental well-being by making time for self-care activities, giving ourselves space and grace when needed, and building healthy habits into our everyday lives which will help keep us feeling grounded even during times of chaos.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the New Year 
 
Let's face it, 2022 was an interesting year for many of us. It was the year several of us needed to:
  • decide if we continue wearing masks full time, part time, or never;
  • figure out what sending our children back to school and to social events looked like;
  • pivot to working in the office, at home, or both;
  • listen to dozens (if not hundreds) of differing opinions from friends, family, social media, the news...breathe it will be ok!

It's no wonder so many of us felt a sense of burnout, and emotional/mental exhaustion last year.  Nobody would blame you either; there were so many things vyying for our attention, decisions we needed to make, new habits and ways of being we needed to figure out - not only from the list above but also from all the things that regular life just throws at us.

I have good news for you all, it's 2023 and now that we are a year wiser, a year more experienced, and a year ahead, we have an opportunity to recalibrate, reprioritize, and refocus on the things that are important.  In order to do that though step one is making sure to to take care or yourself.

Below are three tips on how we can begin building healthy habits for 2023.

 

Make Time for Self-Care 

Self-care is an important part of maintaining your mental health. It might look different for everyone but the idea is to make time for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax and recharge. That could mean anything from going for a walk or spending time with friends to taking a hot bath or reading a book, hitting the gym or the driving range, learning a new recipe.  Whatever it looks like for you, make sure you schedule in regular self-care sessions throughout the week (in fact we strongly recommend physically inserting self care into your calendars) so that you have something to look forward to and give yourself permission to unplug from work and other commitments.  Plus, if it's planned, and your other responsibilites are covered, you can truly unwind.
 
Give Yourself Space and Grace 
It’s also important to give yourself space and grace when it comes to your mental health this year. This means not being too hard on yourself if things don’t go as planned, recognizing when something is out of your control, or simply giving yourself permission just to slow down when needed. It’s ok if your plans change or if you don’t complete everything on your list; life doesn’t always go according to plan! Just remember not to beat yourself up over it and know that there are always other options available. 
  
Build Healthy Habits 
Sometimes it can be hard to break out of negative patterns in our lives but building healthy habits can help us stay mindful about how we take care of ourselves mentally and physically each day. Start by creating small goals that are easy enough for you reach - think drinking more water, eating healthier foods, exercising regularly, etc - then work towards making those goals into habits over time by setting reminders or writing them down somewhere visible like on your fridge or bathroom mirror. Making these healthy habits part of your daily routine will help keep you feeling balanced even in times of stress or uncertainty. 
 
Bring Others Into Your Journey
Talking through a difficult situation with someone else can be very helpful when times get a little convoluted and complicated.  Having someone who will listen and comfort us during tough times can make us feel less alone and isolated.  There may be times where seeking out professional help - from a psychologist or a trained counsellor -  would help further tease apart the complexities of emotions and mental health.  They may even help  equip you with new tools and resources that would last you a lifetime! 
 
Mental health should be a priority regardless of what else is going on in our lives but especially after such an unpredictable year as 2022 was! This new year is the perfect opportunity for us all to focus on improving our mental well-being by making time for self-care activities, giving ourselves space and grace when needed, and building healthy habits into our everyday lives which will help keep us feeling grounded even during times of chaos.
 
Let's all commit together this 2023 to taking better care of ourselves both mentally and physically!

Due to the current risk of COVID-19, we are providing the following options for ALL clients:

  • Video Session: 30 mins before your appointment, you will receive an email from Jane with instructions on how to access our video option (please also check your junk mail). No need to download anything, just click on the link and you will be connected to your psychologist at the scheduled appointment time. You can also log into your account and find the “Upcoming Appointments” tab and there will be a blue “BEGIN” button to click.
  • Phone Session: Your psychologist will give you a call on the number provided at the scheduled appointment time. The number may show us with “no caller ID” or “private caller”.

PLEASE NOTE: There MAY be instances where video/phone sessions may NOT be possible but your psychologist will discuss this with you if this is the case.

At Refresh Counselling, we offer your first 20-minute session at no charge.  This is your opportunity to ask any question you would like to ask, and get a feel of what future sessions will be like.  This will also give us a chance to get to know you and start preparing for our next session.

We offer you a complimentary consultation (a 20-minute session).  This provides the opportunity to meet your therapist, ask any questions, understand what future sessions will be like, and ensure that you feel safe and a connection with your psychologist.  This also gives us a chance to get to know you a bit and prepare for our next session.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.

Our psychologists are all very personable and work with a wide range of clients.  It is not necessary to use a 20-minute consultation to see a psychologist.  If you have any specific concerns or are looking for a psychologist who uses a particular methodology we would recommend booking a consultation to better understand your needs and pair you with a psychologist that meets your requirements.

Your Partner In Wellness

Your Partner In Wellness

Refresh Counselling is committed to providing the most elevated mental health services to our patients in NW Calgary and across Alberta. We promise to meet you where you are, provide insight and a safe space, and help you get to where you want to be. Take advantage of our complimentary consultation to connect with a psychologist who can be your expert guide as you journey towards mental health and well-being. Book now in Jane, our virtual system.

Gain Clarity... Find Wellness

Our collaborative team of skilled Psychologists at Refresh share a passion for helping our clients explore truth, discover themselves and their worth, and find healing as they journey towards wholeness and well-being. Contact us below to get a 20-minute complimentary consultation, book online today or call us at 1 (403) 991-7335 and let us be your guide as you seek to prioritize your mental health.

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