1 / 10

Love yourself:

We love our family and friends and try to spread love around us. But, how often do we think about loving ourselves? We expect ourselves to be perfect in everything we do – in our work, our personal lives, how we fare as parents. And, when we do not perform as per our expectations, we end up blaming ourselves. However, rather than being negative about ourselves and our abilities, we need to be positive about all that we are good at. A study quoted in the New York Times reveals that people who practice self-compassion are less at a risk of developing depression. Another study published in the journal Scientific American, reveals that those who practice self-compassion, see their troubles as part of their human condition, and avoid harsh critiques or negative generalisations. Image credit: Image by John Hain from Pixabay

Make mental health a priority this New Year with these 10 tips

Do you remember the last time you stopped and asked yourself – am I feeling alright mentally, am I happy or am I too stressed? Most of us make New Year resolutions about finally hitting the gym, losing xyz kilos or going for that long pending daily walk – all very important for our physical health. But, how many of us decide to make our mental health a priority?

As per research by the World Health Organisation, one in five Indians will suffer from some kind of mental health issues by 2020, with depression being one of the biggest causes. However, the stigma associated with mental health problems makes it difficult to come out and say that there is an issue, mentally. And when we do, it is also often too late.

So, this year, let us resolve to make our mental health as much a priority as our physical health. Here are 10 ways in which you can focus on your mental health: