Are New Year’s Resolutions Impacting Your Mental Health?

The all-famous “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” question has already likely come up. And, we all know how that goes. A recent study by a psychology professor at Scranton found that about 40% of Americans have a list of things they want to change in the new year, but less than half of that 40% will actually stick to their resolution and be successful. Setting expectations and failing to achieve the “all new you” bar you have set could have an effect on your mental health.

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Realistic Resolutions

Making resolutions are great when they are attainable. Ever hear the adage “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” An elephant itself is pretty overwhelming, but when you shrink the expectation and make it feasible, then success inevitably follows. Let’s take a look at some ways you can set yourself up for success in the new year.

  1. Be specific. Goals such as “lose weight” and “exercise more” are very general, and it may be difficult to create a plan of action when there isn’t much clarity.
  2. Make it reasonable. Using the examples above, how many pounds do you want to lose? How many days a week will you exercise? How long will you exercise?
  3. Reward yourself. Create milestones along the way where you reward yourself for sticking to the plan. For example, a massage for being consistent in your workout routine for two months. Little rewards along your journey will keep you motivated to keep going to the finish line.
  4. Have a support system. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and motivate you.
  5. Adult counseling. The last year has definitely changed our way of life. If the thought of going into a new year is worrisome to you or you are just flat out dreading it, speaking to a counselor can be helpful.

Setting realistic goals gives you a greater chance of succeeding. Avoid unattainable goals that sound a bit far-fetched. No one likes to fail. When you set goals that are out of reach and then don’t achieve them, it’s disappointing. If you are already struggling with mental health issues like depression, this can actually worsen your symptoms.

Happy New Year from Garrett Counseling

Give Garrett a call today and see how we can help you start the New Year off right! Click here or call us at (256) 239-5662. New Year’s resolutions aren’t right for everyone, but whatever you decide for you, our staff from the center for counseling in Huntsville, Jacksonville, and Boaz wish you a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.


Seek Therapy to Improve Your Mental Health

WIn part one of our mini blog series regarding reasons for therapy,  we briefly introduced the wide range of circumstances that could warrant seeking out a counselor. We briefly touched on a couple reasons and how therapy could be beneficial. In part two of our blog regarding reasons for therapy, we will continue to expand on the list of reasons why counseling is important to your mental health.


grief therapy for mental healthOne of the most common reasons an individual meets with a counselor is because they are going through a grieving process. People experience grief as a result of many different circumstances. Some of these life events could include losing a loved one, losing a job, the loss of a friendship, the loss of a pet, or a child moving away from home.

Working through the grieving process related to any loss in your life is a difficult process and can be extremely stressful. Having a counselor to walk through your grief helps in many ways. They can help you ease the burden of guilt you may feel, give you tools to help with the process, and be a positive emotional support.

Finding Purpose

finding your purpose helps with mental healthAnother common reason to seek the support of a counselor is finding clarity and/or purpose. Whether you’re facing life decisions that include a job, a relationship, or simply finding purpose for yourself, mental health is an important piece of the puzzle. We don’t think as clearly when stressed. When our mental health is not in optimal condition, we have a tendency to make decisions that may not be in our best interest.

Let Us Help You Today

With decades of experience, the team at Garrett Counseling is completely equipped to handle whatever your life may present before them. Contact us at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing team members today at one of our three locations, Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville! We offer teletherapy visits and in-person visits.


Overcoming Guilt Through Therapy

local counselor can help deal with guilt through therapyGuilt is defined by Merriam-Webster as feelings of deserving blame, especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy and a feeling of deserving blame for offenses. Guilt does not always come from events that actually took place. It can manifest through imagined situations as well. A local counselor can help you overcome your feelings of guilt through therapy.

Where Does Guilt Come From

Guilt is an emotion related to a sense of right and wrong. There are many circumstances in which guilt could inevitably follow. It could come from a decision we made that hurt someone or affected them in a negative way, or it could originate from a “what if” situation, such as running a red light. Thank goodness no one got hurt, but what if we had hit someone? Our mind then goes down a rabbit hole, and we could feel guilty over something that “could” have happened. Another common association with guilt is survivor’s guilt.

How Can Therapy Help?

Because guilt is connected with a moral code, sometimes just talking through your feelings about the circumstances surrounding the guilt is enough to help you feel better. However, when guilt has become such a weight that it affects your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, it’s time for you to seek out a local counselor. Through therapy, you will learn what factors contribute to your guilt. Once those are identified, your counselor will then guide you through the process of acceptance and forgiveness.

Garrett Counseling is Here For You

You do not have to carry the burden of guilt alone. Speak with one of our compassionate local counselors at Garrett.  Contact us at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment at one of our three locations, Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville! To serve you better, we offer teletherapy and in-person visits.


Myths About Therapy

Views and opinions about counseling varies depending on your era and your the family dynamic.  Maybe you were taught to put on a game face and suck it up no matter what just happened. Or your family lived by the rule that nobody needs to know our business. Unfortunately, the stigma of therapy keeps people from becoming the best versions of themselves. Today we’re going to address two common myths about therapy and explain how counseling can help you.

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Myth #1 – Something is Wrong with Me if I Seek Therapy

You go to the doctor for check ups, right? Mental health is no different. When you go to the doctor, if you’re experiencing any kind of illness or ailment, you receive a prescription. That prescription could be medication, exercises, or other modality to help heal your physical body. Similarly, your mental health needs maintenance so you can function at your best possible level. Whether you have a temporary stressor that you need coping skills to navigate through, or something more serious that requires in-depth counseling services, seeking help does not mean you’re crazy or that something is wrong with you.

Myth #2 – I Don’t Need a Counselor, I Can Talk to My Friends

The myth about therapy being unnecessary as long as you have friends is untrue. Talking with a counselor is not the same as talking to your friends. A counselor’s training allows them to focus on the issues. They have set boundaries within conversation. From there they can help you develop strategies based on your needs and wants to accept or learn coping skills or remove yourself from the situation. In other words, they stay in their lane. Their job is to help you find a solution. There is certainly nothing wrong in talking with your friends, but more than likely, they can’t stay impartial to your situation and will offer advice that may not be the best option for you.

Have a Question?

If you have heard something about counseling that you want answered, fill out our contact form or call us at (256) 239-5662. We’ll let you know if it’s another one of the myths about therapy. Garrett Counseling has offices in Huntsville, Jacksonville and Boaz with available appointment. Call us at (256) 239-5662 and get your question answered or schedule an appointment today.



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