With 2024 officially underway it may be a time when we may feel a lot of excitement for the year ahead and relief at being able to leave 2023 behind. However, it can also be a time of anxiety and worry about what might come and how different life may be in 12 months.
It may also be a time when people may be sharing some of their accomplishments throughout 2023, and for many people, it can be difficult to not compare yourself to them. Perhaps, you may feel as if what you’ve accomplished isn’t good enough when in comparison to what others have done. Especially now that we have social media where people can post updates full of what may seem like exciting photos or achievements! It can feel like it’s impossible to escape them.
Whilst those are normal feelings to experience, they can also considerably weigh on your mental health and well-being. Especially if it then becomes a thing of trying to specifically keep up with them, and as such results in lots of energy and money being spent!
So this year, we want to spend some time talking about some steps that you can take that will hopefully lessen to urge to compare yourself to the people around you and instead be proud of YOU!
1) At some point during the day whether it’s in the morning or at night before bed, you could take some time to recognise the things that you are grateful for then, and write those things down somewhere you will have easy access to such as the notes app on your phone. It could be anything as simple as “films, books, and going for a daily walk”. Then every day/routinely add to this list, and you will always have access to a list of all the good things in your life!
2) Celebrate your accomplishments even if they may seem small at the time! Taking that time to recognise the things that you have done and being proud of that can truly be great, and empowering for you. Everyone in life has different challenges and hurdles to overcome, and it’s an amazing thing that you’re here getting through them.
3) I think everyone can agree that sometimes it’s easy to fall into a cycle of browsing our social media and scrolling through the feed. Maybe it’s out of curiosity or perhaps you just want something to do to pass the time. However, sometimes we can all benefit from much-needed social media breaks! This can help encourage you to spend time in the present, appreciating what is there in front of you whilst also avoiding any potentially harmful triggers you may see while scrolling.
4) Seeking support and talking to those around you when you are struggling. Sometimes a helping hand to get us through those difficult times is exactly what we need. And that is okay. Talking to those around us about our struggles helps them too, as it encourages them to be more open about how their own emotions are!
These are just four quick tips, and may not be things that seem that effective at first however they can be a great first step in ensuring you are looking after your mental health throughout 2024!
Let's do more for our mental health this year <3
If you are interested in finding out more information about the services available at Burton and District Mind, you can find this information on our website -> https://www.burtonmind.co.uk/
On top of the information about our services, you can also find out more about how you can get involved with the fantastic work that takes place here and help us continue supporting our local community whether it's through volunteering, fundraising or even donating. Every bit of support means the world to us.
Lastly! If you need support and wish to contact us, you can do so through any of the following methods and our caring team will help guide you through the next steps…
Burton and District Mind
67 Branston Road
Burton-on-Trent DE14 3BY
From all of us at Burton and District Mind, we hope you have a fantastic 2024!