Making a decision to fix what’s wrong in your life is never easy. Making that decision and following through on it is even harder.

There are a variety of reasons for people to make that decision. Often, it is an outside factor that prompts it – some life event that is forcing you to make changes.

Obviously, when it is a life event causing the change, it can happen at any time. But, if that’s not the case, the decision to change often comes with flipping over the calendar from December to January. That’s right – New Year’s resolutions.

Research shows that half of the adults in the United States make New Year’s resolutions every year. But that same research indicates that less than 10 percent actually keep those resolutions for more than a few months.

And while a pandemic may or may not increase the statistics for people making resolutions this year, one thing is certain. Achieving success in changing your life may be harder this year because of the pandemic.

So, if your goal is to get in shape or lose weight, adding the impacts of the pandemic will make it challenging enough. But if your objective in 2021 is to deal with mental illness, the added complications of the pandemic might make your task seem overwhelming.

There’s one simple reason for this. We wrote about it here recently, but it is worth repeating. The stress of what we have all been going through in 2020, along with the isolation we are all trying to cope with and the uncertainty about when it will get better, is a challenge for anyone. If you add to that the goal of trying to treat mental health issues, the challenges are even greater.

But despite the outside issues, change like this should not be attempted without plenty of support and help. It may require the type of mix of medication and psychotherapy that we offer at Hopespring Health.

So, whatever you do to try to deal with these issues, please don’t do it alone. Reach out for the appropriate help. We’re here for you. We want to make not only your 2021 better but also all the years to follow.