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New Year’s Resolutions for Staying Mentally Healthy

Not all New Year’s resolutions focus on finances, weight, and general health; some extend to mental health as well. Here we have some mental health resolutions that are solid goals not only this year, but every year. New Year’s resolutions for mental health might even make it easier for you to keep the other resolutions you choose to make.

  1. Stay mindful and in the moment. Don’t dwell too much on the past or spend too much time fixating on the future. Remember to live in the here and now and enjoy all life has to offer.
  2. Be kind to yourself. Remind yourself daily that as a human, you will make mistakes or miss goals, and that is okay. What is important is going forward in these situations in a positive manner.
  3. Set healthy boundaries. If you need to take a break from social gatherings, take the break. If you need to stop talking to someone who is a negative influence in your life, stop talking. Make decisions on what is best to keep you mentally healthy.
  4. Exercise regularly. Studies have shown there is a link between physical activity and your mental health.
  5. Take action on your mental health. While there is still a stigma associated with seeking the aid of mental health professionals, seeking out the assistance of a certified professional to sort through your mental and emotional struggles is one of the healthiest things we can do. To find a professional in Nebraska visit

Now is the perfect time of year to make a commitment to yourself and follow through. Mental health resolutions are just as important as the visibly tangible resolutions. So here is to a brand new year. I hope these resolutions inspire you to invest more deeply in your own mental health and happiness.



Kailey Kocourek

Kailey Kocourek, Project Coordinator for The Kim Foundation,

Kailey Kocourek joined The Kim Foundation in July 2018 as the Project Coordinator. She coordinates the Metro Area LOSS Team and provides mental health awareness and suicide prevention education in the community. Prior to that, she worked for a local nonprofit organization developing programs to improve access to health care for the underserved. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UNO in Public Health in 2015 and is currently working towards her Master’s in Public Health from UNMC, expecting to graduate in May 2019. She was drawn to the nonprofit world because of her passion for helping and educating others. She is an active member of the Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Metro Area Suicide Prevention Coalition, and the Nebraska State Health Improvement Plan’s Depression and Suicide Health Priority group.