Mental Wellness Hub
University of Regina


Happy New Year!

As a new year begins, many of us reflect on the past year while also looking forward to new beginnings. It is a great time to prioritize self-care and create goals for our mental health and emotional well-being.

It is also the time we are tempted to fall into the habit of declaring a “new year, new me” transformation and while this can be a positive way to focus on self-improvement, try cultivating attainable habits and begin 2024 with a “New Year, Improved Me” mindset.

Resist the urge to strive for an entirely new you. Instead, accept you as you are—last year, today, and throughout the new year. The relationship you have with yourself is crucial to your own well-being and to creating healthy and happy relationships with others.

Be Your Own Best Friend

We have all heard the saying – “the most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself”.  Other people may come and go from your life, but you must always be there for yourself! 

It is important to take care of your mental health just like you do your physical health, but being there for yourself is about more than stereotypical self-care activities (like journaling or treating yourself to a bubble bath). Maintaining your own mental health looks different for everyone. It is about noticing when you are stressed or struggling, knowing what you need to be healthy and taking the time to do it.

Give yourself permission to be good to yourself in the new year. If you’re feeling run down, get more sleep. If you’re feeling stressed out, take a break. And if you’re feeling frustrated because you haven't met enough of your resolutions or goals, kindly remind yourself:                    

You are enough!