New Year=Wishes for Mental Health

2015 is FINALLY coming to a close.  I can honestly chalk it up as one of the WORST and most challenging years of my life.  It was one heck of a ride and I am glad it is done!  2015 was the year in which I got diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, my father passed away and I became an “orphan,” I had a breakup of two relationships in which the people involved were classified as my “best friends,” I got diagnosed with depression, and I endured countless therapy sessions.

I am hoping 2016 will bring me health, physically and mentally.  It is the year in which I am hoping to move somewhere new and start over with this “new me” that was created during my grief and depression.  This new woman within me wants to break free.  I want to set her loose.

I am hoping to not need my depression medications as much by the end of this year.  I am also hoping to lose the weight I packed on during this depression.  So, I am making some positive life changes this year in order to help myself move on and recover.  The following are my goals this year:

1. Take up yoga and do it every morning before work (or at night).  I am on a start with this one as I just bought my yoga supplies.  I just have to heal from the wisdom teeth operation before I get started.


2. Do bible journaling to grow closer in my relationship with God, more fully understand His word, and continue submitting myself to His plan for my life.  I am sure some of my journals from this will be written here on this blog.


3. Complete a hard-core, sweat pouring off me workout at least 3 times a week.  This type of workout has helped me with my depression and self-harm tendencies, so I would love to get back to it.


4. Take moments to pause and reflect or just breathe throughout the day.  I forget to take time for me and breathe.  I need to pause and breathe.  I actually bought a “taking time to pause” bracelet that will remind me to do this every 90 minutes as it vibrates every 90 minutes.  It’s an AMAZING little thing.  I recommend it for anyone that needs this reminder!

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5.  Take time for myself every day.  Through reading a good book, writing, or just doing a facial or my nails.  Making time for ME.


Those are my goals for the new year.  We will see how it goes!  What are your goals for the new year?


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    1. Thank you! I am trying to go into the new year being positive. I want to transform my life this year and get out of this “depression rut.” Sure, I can have moments where I miss my parents and feel lonely, but I don’t want to feel it ALL the time anymore. We must pamper ourselves at least once a week! What type of workouts do you do? I like to run, but am determined to put some variety into my workouts this year because running can get boring.

      1. I also run and have a series of 250 stairs about 15 minute jog from my place to the bottom of the stairs. I do the 15 minutes as warm-up, 4-7 series of the full-out sprint to the top (about 2 minutes, jog down recovery) and then jog home slowly (15 minutes).

        I also do a pro fit intense circuit training class that’s about 20s intense, 10s recovery and it’s both upper and lower body work. I find the intense stuff rather than slower endurance stuff works better to ward off the depression and suicidal thoughts. I’m not sure why… Give it a try! Let me know what works and doesn’t work for you too.

      2. Oh, I would LOVE to run stairs! That’s a great idea! Currently, I am stuck on running 3-4 miles. I used to run 8-13, but am not in shape to that again quite yet. Other than that, I have been trying to get into barre and kickboxing workouts. I do these through free videos I find on Youtube, as we don’t have a gym where I live. The barre workouts are extremely hard and toning.

        I find that intense workouts help so much with depression and suicidal thoughts! I think it’s because more “feel good” endorphins are released with more intense workouts.

  1. I hope very much that 2016 is a beautiful year for you and that everything you strive for comes true!🙏🏾 Here’s to a new mental beginning and a Happy Healthy New Year ☺️

    1. Thank you!!!! I LOVE this song and after reflecting on the lyrics, it is very much me right now and my hopes for the new year. Thank you for sharing this and thinking about me! You are such a sweetheart! Many prayers, hugs, and thoughts send your way! ❤

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