Kirkwood (WBNG) — Heading into the new year, Kevin Hope, a licensed mental health counselor and founder of The Hope Center, said an increasing number of people are seeking counseling services.
Hope said the period following the holiday season is usually a tough transition period for those suffering from depression and anxiety.
He recommends starting with adopting healthier eating habits and a healthier sleep schedule to deal with these feelings and better care for your mental health.
“The other is staying connected with family, friends, and people with similar interests to ours,” says Hope. “The other is exercise. Exercise has been shown to produce hormones such as dopamine and serotonin.”
Hope also said it’s important to make these practices a habit rather than another goal in 2024.
“You have to ask yourself what you believe and align your beliefs with your actions,” he said.
If you’re struggling with mental health, Hope encourages people to seek help, whether it’s a therapist or someone they trust.
Find out more about the Hope Center here.
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