Brian Kennedy Working on mental wellness is just as important as working on physical fitness TAMMYE NASH | Managing Editornash@dallasvoice.com Each year as a new year begins, people go about making resolutions, and many of those resolutions center around “getting in shape.” We pledge to get back in the gym and maintain a workout routine, to diet and lose those holiday — COVID pandemic — pounds.
But too often, we forget to make mental health and wellness a part of our getting healthy/staying healthy routines. So this week, we talked with licensed professional counselor Brian Kennedy with Room For Change to get some tips on how to work on our mental fitness as well as our physical fitness as we kickstart 2023. Dallas Voice: We are just coming out of the holidays, which can be really stressful for everyone and sometimes especially so for LGBTQ folks.
What suggestions do you have to help people shake off the holiday blues and get on track for the new year? Brian Kennedy: Having something to look forward to is a great way to shake off the holiday blues and get on track.
Spending some time filling out your social calendar and planning events you look forward to can pull you out of a slump. Creating an inventory of what went well for this or past holidays that you’d like to replicate can help you really get a sense of self and what will bring joy in the future.