It’s not too late to set goals for the New Year. Make your mental health a priority as you enter this year. We can all agree that 2020 did not go as we expected, but let’s take this year to tackle some goals that have been in the back of our mind. Here’s a list of ideas to get your brain thinking of some goals along with our own method to tackle these goals with neurofeedback training.
Taking care of your body can be made possible in so many different ways. First of all, exercising should be your top priority. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, just get out and go for a fifteen minute walk with your family.
It’s also so important that you’re eating healthy. It can be so easy to run to comfort foods when you’re feeling anxious or depressed. Make it a habit to eat a healthy snack before you go to bed instead of drinking a few glasses of wine or eating some sweets. Try not to focus on the weight loss benefits, but be thankful that you’re treating your body better and improving your mental health for the long-term.
Not only do TV’s and phones strain your eyes, but the content that is on them can cause anxiety and can reduce quality of sleep. Especially for teens, it can be so easy to compare your life to someone else’s. Get rid of these obstacles by clearing them from your life. Focus on yourself. Maybe take a break from social media all together to focus on new goals and hobbies.
Research has shown that people who are off their phones for at least an hour before they go to bed have better sleep patterns. Find a book to read before going to bed each night. Reading novels can help with creativity and improve your brain overall.
We’ve all binge watched a show all day long and felt less relaxed than we did before. Then you can’t sleep as well. It decreases your mental health. This is exactly what we want to avoid! Creativity is a way to use energy in a more positive way. Creating can be anything from crafting to working on a special project to writing and more.
If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, write down these thoughts in a journal. Find a quiet, pretty place in nature where you can be alone. Being outdoors is going to help immensely with your mental health in the first place. If you’re feeling alone, then journaling can be a great tool to express feelings without the pressure of someone else’s unknown response.
Look into finding a counselor that’s right for you. Seeing a counselor might seem scary at first, but take a casual outlook on it. Everyone should see a counselor, even if what you’re feeling may not seem like a big deal. It might take a few tries to find a counselor that’s helpful for you, but don’t be discouraged or feel bad for trying new ones.
Last, but definitely not least, research neurofeedback training. SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training provides a simple and painless process that uses positive reinforcement to train brain waves to operate more efficiently. All you have to do to start is schedule a free 30 minute consultation and learn more about how each session will benefit your mental health.
The process is simple. A brain map is completed to analyze brain waves to create a plan designed specifically for your brain chemistry. SYMMETRY creates a specific plan and uses Neuro-PT (aka Neurofeedback) to help teach your brain to work more efficiently. The brain has a natural desirable pattern that it wants to meet. Sometimes this can become dysregulated and needs to be retaught how to work better.
During a session, you can watch your favorite TV show. The screen will fade in and out training your brain. It guides the brain to correct dysregulated brain waves and teaches it to function properly through positive reinforcement (operant conditioning). The goal is to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, oppositional behavior concerns, and more.