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Begin this New Year with emotional wellness
January 12, 2022 — Human Resources

Resources and support for the holiday season

New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on physical health, which can include exercising more, eating better and losing weight. While there’s nothing wrong with this type of resolution, deciding to focus on emotional and mental health could be a more beneficial approach, especially after a stressful year. Mental health encompasses many facets of health, including emotional, psychological and social wellness. Go for a different take on the idea of “new year, new you,” and focus on a mental reset and your emotional well-being this year. Here are some tips on how to integrate emotional wellness, resilience and stress management into your new year goals.

Everything is temporary. Emotions, experiences, circumstances, all of it. If you are struggling in this moment, remember that it won’t last forever. You are not alone. Reach out for support when you need it to those you are close to or a professional.

You are stronger than you think. Surviving these last two years is a reminder that no matter how difficult life is, you’ve got this. Every day may not always be easy but you can rise above every challenge that is set before you.

Aim for progress, not perfection.When it’s really bad, congratulate yourself for making it through the day. We all have that little voice in our mind that tells us we did not do enough, say the right thing or could have done things better. Have compassion for yourself and be mindful to challenge that thinking this year. We are all doing our best.

Try not to judge yourself. Whether you woke up on Jan. 1 with or without a crystal-clear vision of what you’d like to achieve, a positive attitude of gratitude, and inner peace about the future, know that you are on the right track. You don’t need an overarching goal or resolution to make changes. It can be just little goals throughout the week or month that add up to a big change. Don’t judge yourself if you fall off track after a few days just renew your commitment and move forward. It takes time to achieve change.

If you or a loved one are struggling with emotions that are intrusive to daily life, reach out to Miami-Dade Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Our EAP counselors focus on supporting employees with internal and external resources that assist in setting the foundation for restoration or enhancement of emotional and mental wellness. Due to current CDC recommendations, the EAP is also providing virtual and on-site assessments for all employees who are in need of assistance. To set up an assessment with an EAP counselor at no cost call 305-375-3293 or email jessica.hughes-fillette@miamidade.gov. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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