It’s never too soon to start planning for new behaviors and experiences as the new year begins. Most people plan to get physically healthy in January, after the holidays. This is a very commendable goal. I wonder if people plan to take care of their emotional health at the beginning of year as well?
In therapy, parents can learn skills to support and encourage a healthy relationship with their child, tween, teen and young adult. With your emotional support, your child may begin to do better in school and be more cooperative at home.
The start of a new year causes us to reflect on the past year and gives us hope that we will not repeat what was not working; as we integrate some improvements in the new year. However, some of us may be emotionally stuck or unaware at times and we need help with self-awareness; the first step to any real change.
If you’re emotionally stuck, then after the holidays you may repeat was wasn’t working before. This can be because you know that you’re unhappy but you may not know why or what to do about it. You might just decide to suck it up some more and take care of your responsibilities the best you can without feeling happy. Even children can suffer because parents have not completed their own work.
If you’d like to explore why you’re not enjoying your life enjoy more and want to learn what steps you can take to make changes that make you happy; you might consider starting psychotherapy in January. Many of my clients come for a few sessions and are able to use the tools I give them. Using these new skills plus having a new understanding of your situation makes it possible to implement new behaviors into your daily life quickly.
Couples like to work on communication and affection. It’s never too late to get your life back on track. It may be the best thing you ever did for yourself, you partner , your children, your parents and your family.
If you recently left a relationship, lost a loved one, a pet or your job; you may want to work on grief and lost and starting over.
These are s a few common issues that I work with in my practice.
4. Grief and Loss
6. Children and Teen Issues
7. Self-Esteem and Autonomy
9. Being Single
10. Eating Disorders and Poor Body Image
So, what’s your plan for January? Are you going to get healthy mentally and physically? Are you going to improve the lives of the people you love? Think about it.
You have time! Let’s get through Christmas and Hanukkah first!