It is a new year! At the end of a year and beginning of a new year, we tend to reflect on the goals we hoped to achieve the previous year and may feel disappointed from not achieving all our goals.
We have seen patients are often more sad than usual from thinking about where they are at as opposed to where they want to be.
Remember to focus on the journey and not the destination. As humans, we will always want more and expect more from ourselves. Even if we did accomplish a lot and our focus is constantly on what we have not yet accomplished, we will lose sight of all that we did accomplish!
Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself as you move forward into the new year. Here are some things you can do to appreciate the progress you make and stay in the moment.
- Keep a daily gratitude journal. This has been proven to boost mood and maintain a positive disposition.
- Practice self-care. See this blog post on self-care!
- When you reach a milestone, consider everything you learned and how you grew along the way.
- If you find that you are stuck in your thoughts and struggling to stay in the moment, reach out to a mental healthcare provider to help guide you.
By: A. Johanna Lu, MD, ABPN
Psychiatrist, Co-Founder and Medical Director
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