New Year… improved life?

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Everyone starts the new year with hopes for change and improvement. Moodletter is a short and sweet webpage that gives small but helpful information. At the end of 2014 they noted some tips to help you and anyone with issues or concerns or just to grow and heal. They noted to please consult with your doctor or mental health professional if need so.

Here are the ten tips they suggested to live a better, healthier, happier life this year:
1.Be good to yourself.
Plan each day to treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Think about the things you like about yourself.
2.Ask for help.
Enlist support from a loved one. Join a support group or work with a therapist.
3.Fend off depression
Make a list of activities that make you feel better and use it when you’re feeling bad.
4.Manage your mood
Use a mood chart to track moods, behavior, meds, lifestyle, stressors and make changes as needed.
5.Tame the tension.
Drop your shoulders, which improves the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, making you feel more relaxed and clear-headed.
 6.Pick your friends
For a good mood, surround yourself with supportive people and avoid those who bring you down.
7.Learn to control your anger
Breathe deeply. Then slowly repeat to yourself a calming word or phrase such as ‘take it easy.’
8.Get moving to boost your health, lift your mood
Exercise, even walking, boosts your emotional immune system, helps you lose weight and increases your endurance and energy.
9.Eat for mental health
Fill your plate with a little less than 2/3 carbs (fruits and complex carbs like beans, whole grains and vegetables) and a little more than 1/3 protein (meat, chicken, fish, tofu.) Reduce sweets and highly processed foods.
10.Snooze for a good mood
Too little sleep leads to poor concentration, irritability, anxiety, depression and low energy

To read more of this and other topics go to their website: http://www.moodletter.com/NewYearsResolutionsMentalHealth.html

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