6 mental health tips for 2021

We made it. We’re here. 2021.

A new year comes with new goals, plans, and expectations. But no new year has had as much hope heaped upon it as 2021. Maybe you have high hopes and big expectations for yourself this year too. 

Before you get too far, take a look at these helpful tips from Cerebral therapists and counselors. From self care to focus to acceptance, these tips will help keep you centered and empowered through the entire year. 

Morgan Hannaleck, Care Counselor

As we enter the new year, I think it is incredibly important to meet ourselves where we are. 2020 was very challenging, and there can be a lot of pressure around achieving more and going the extra mile when entering a new year. We all deserve to give ourselves grace and pat ourselves on the back, recognizing that we have survived some difficult days. We are resilient, and we also need to be gentle with ourselves throughout this transition to 2021.

Francine Kleinpaste, Therapist, LPC

Try telling yourself these words to start the new year on a positive note!

"I release all things from the past year that have caused any negative attachment. I prepare and welcome new changes, new lessons, and new adventures. I welcome new opportunities to grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually."

Maria Chiodo, Therapist

For a focused and fresh start, pick one word you would like to focus on this year. Some ideas are: Gratitude, Discipline, Love, Family, Self Care, Forgiveness, Passion, Motivation, Decisions, Relationships, Wisdom, Freedom. 

Make this word your "resolution." Maybe ask yourselves these questions. How does _____ show up in my life now? How would I like _____ to show up in my life? What do I have to do to get there? Buy a journal just for this word and track your progress or your journey.

Boisey Bristo, Therapist, LPC, CCATP

As we enter a new year, remember that every day is a new beginning. We cannot control all that happens in our lives, but we can choose to meet our challenges with faith and courage. Be mindful to practice gratitude, and know that trouble doesn't last forever.

Rosario Sralla, Therapist 

I am a big proponent of using mental imagery. I see in my mind a little girl who has been meticulously hopscotching down a narrowly winding sidewalk. When she gets to the end of the sidewalk, she hops off the sidewalk into a beautifully manicured lawn and magically becomes a well adjusted young woman as she proclaims: “This is me stepping into a better new year!”

Rachel Dahlgren, Therapist, LCSW

Being present and identifying things you’re grateful for can be very helpful during these challenging times. That being said, allow yourself space to acknowledge and accept any emotions you’re feeling at this time, even ones that might feel difficult or you may not want to experience. Anything you’re feeling right now is okay!

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  • If you are in emotional distress, here are some resources for immediate help:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
    Call 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line:
    Text Home to 741-741
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