How to Improve Your Mental Health in 2021

That Sinking Feeling

Do you feel like you took full advantage of 2020 in all of its chaos? Did you do the things you promised yourself last year? If not, the new year can seem like another daunting task. Well, it doesn’t have to.

We are adaptable creatures and creators with seemingly limitless boundaries. If your mental health is holding you back from accomplishing what you want, use 2021 to find a solution. After all, everything starts with the mind, and the Neuroscience Center is here to help you along the journey to satisfaction.

Set Realistic Goals

Improving your mental health in 2021 should start with setting realistic goals in any aspect of your life. These may be health goals, relationship goals or goals within your profession. Take the time to think these goals through and write them down. Keep this list close and map out a track to achievement. Always remember the underlying reason why you want to reach them and remember nothing happens overnight, be patient. 

Maintaining mental health is a long game, so make sure to take a step back and revisit these goals and adjust accordingly. Has changing your medication helped? Are the people around you supporting your cause? Continuously monitoring what changes have made a positive impact will make it easier to find a more clear path to a healthy mental state.   

Self Care

Many people spend their days taking care of everyone else around them. While this selflessness is admirable, it is paramount to take ample time for self-care. This could be a long quiet bath or a set time for meditation. Whatever it is, make sure it is focused on yourself and relish it. Put quality fuel in your body and call friends to keep your social life healthy. 

Try a New Mental Health Treatment

If you have been on a treatment regimen, talk to your doctor to see if it needs adjusting, or if there are alternative methods. You may be able to get rid of certain medications and the side-effects that come with them. 

Ketamine Therapy May Be Your Answer

Mental health treatments in 2021 continue to evolve and ketamine therapy continues to show benefits through its unique modality. Not only are treatments less frequent than standard SSRI or other antidepressants, but the speed of efficacy is remarkable. This is revolutionary in helping patients who simply can’t wait to see if a new medication is effective. 

2020: Mental Health By the Numbers

Mental Health America released its State of Mental Health 2021 report and across the board, the landscape is worsening. Especially in youth populations and cases of suicidal ideation. These statistics are not only numbers, they are people that are desperately seeking help. 

  • Even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness among adults was increasing. In 2017-2018, 19% of adults experienced a mental illness, an increase of 1.5 million people over last year’s dataset.
  • The number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed. From January to September 2020, 315,220 people took the anxiety screen, a 93 percent increase over the 2019 total number of anxiety screens. 
  • 60% of young people with major depression do not receive care, even in the states with the best access to resources.

Reach out

The Neuroscience Center hopes to help anyone with mental health issues in 2021. Furthermore, we believe ketamine therapy to be a revolutionary treatment that more individuals should consider. Contact us by filling out our form or give us a call at 847-236-9310 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Michael Bryant

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