With the New Year approaching, this is a great time to reflect and assess where we are mentally. Think about your satisfaction levels with the following:
- How you experience and express feelings
- Your priorities
- Your personal growth
- Your ability to ask for help when needed
- The amount of responsibility for your own well-being
Use this assessment to find areas that may be out of balance in your life, and begin identifying ways you can work on these throughout the New Year. Simple methods, such as expressing at least one thing you are grateful for each day, can help you shift into a healthier, more positive state of mind.
Receiving support from friends and family is always helpful. However, if you recognize that you need to shift certain behaviors, you may want to enlist the support of a professional—someone who can give you more objective insights. Cone Health has an exceptional network of behavioral health specialists dedicated to helping individuals achieve and maintain mental health and overall well-being.
Dr. Michelle Kane is a psychologist for the Cone Health Family Medicine Residency Program and an associate professor at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Kane received a Doctorate of Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, OH in 1997. She completed her internship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and a fellowship at Michigan State University.