Before we dive into the latest newsletter, I would like to take a moment to say "Happy New Year!" and express my gratitude for all your support throughout the previous year. I am thrilled to have your continued support and can't wait to see what this new year has in store for us. Congratulations on making it through the chaotic year of 2023!
Now, let's talk about January. As we enter the new year, it's essential to recognize the impact that the holiday season can have on our mental well-being. The holidays are over, and we're trying to get back to our routines. But, wait! January is a tough month, and research shows that it's the least productive. According to research, 41% of Americans report a decline in their mental health during the holidays, and January has been found to be the least productive month. So, how do we balance productivity and mental wellness? Let's dive into some tips!
To help, here are three tips to boost productivity while maintaining mental wellness:
Work for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break (do some stretches, watch a bit of TV, or talk to your friend/family). Repeat this cycle four times, and then take a longer break. This technique can boost focus and productivity while reducing burnout.
Write down your tasks, prioritize them, and break down larger tasks into smaller ones. This will help you stay organized and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Evaluate Daily Effort
Evaluating effort is about recognizing and celebrating the hard work you've put in, regardless of the outcome. By doing so, you can build confidence, improve performance, and achieve your goals with greater ease.
Remember, taking care of your mental health is as essential as achieving your goals. Take breaks throughout the day, engage in activities that promote mental wellness, and set boundaries to reduce stress. To maintain balance, use tools to manage your workload and assess the effort required for each task.
Let's face it: our mental health is as important as our physical well-being. To feel mentally strong, we need to take care of our thoughts, emotions, and actions. This Mental Wellness Awareness Month observed in January is a reminder for all of us to prioritize our mental health and work towards overall wellness. Let's create a society that values and supports mental health.
Let's make January a productive and fulfilling month by prioritizing our mental health!
Looking for the perfect present to share with friends and family, or even yourself for the new year? Consider my Emotion Cards and Uplift Teens Today book! These gifts can help in the journey towards better mental health. Great thoughtful and kind gifts.
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