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Six Tips for Planning 2022 Around Mental Health Care

The new year is an opportunity to create habits that offer a better quality of life and mental well-being. Here's how to plan for 2022

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As we start a new year, the opportunity opens to start planning and organizing habits that help improve mental health during 2022. Photo: Unsplash

LatinAmerican Post | Brandon Martínez Salazar

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As we start a new year, we have more chances to start planning and organizing habits that help improve mental health during 2022. Why do it? Because it is a very useful way to obtain more balanced well-being, following certain routines in daily life.

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However, planning and organizing in this sense helps to avoid future problems in mental health, as long as the established goals are met. On the other hand, following some habits also allows you to face unexpected events and, therefore, to deal with them without much difficulty.

Here are some tips for planning 2022 around mental health care:

1. Plan sleep schedules

Neglecting sleep affects the mind. When someone does not get enough sleep, not enough melanin and serotonin are produced. Therefore, the body is unable to counteract the negative effects of stress. So it is important to sleep between 6 and 8 hours a day. It is advised to always sleep at the same time.

2. Create an exercise routine

The advantage of exercising is that it helps the body produce endorphins and serotonin, hormones that help with the feeling of well-being during the day. It is recommended to exercise at least three times a week.

3. Organize your schedule

Many times organizing time ends up being a problem because not having order between daily activities can lead to stress. It is essential to make a list of your daily activities and segment them by priorities with a fixed schedule for each one.

4. Plan for meditation

According to different studies, meditation is a very useful practice to improve mental state. Among its advantages are: increased happiness, increased personal awareness, memory improvement, development of emotional intelligence and empathy, stress relief, anxiety, and depression relief, among others. Therefore, it is ideal to plan 45 minutes a week to practice meditation, either alone or in a group.

5. Plan a reading space

Reading is also a powerful weapon for mental health care. Practicing it helps reduce stress and ward off negative thoughts. It also improves memory, increases imagination, and helps to have better social relationships. It is recommended to start reading for half an hour a day.

6. Plan finances and scheduled savings

The future is uncertain and with it, a personal economic crisis can be serious for the well-being of the mind. On the other hand, in the face of a health problem related to the psychological, it is important to have resources that allow you to pay for specialized care. 

The ideal is to organize the expenses. Focus on what is necessary for everyday life and start saving as much as possible. Order in your personal finances helps to have greater security in times of contingency.