Ask yourself, “Am I trying to be better, or look better?” Many are more concerned with the latter, and will even sacrifice their health for their appearance. Additionally, people believe the fallacy that improving their appearance will make them do better in jobs, relationships, and all other areas of life. However, focusing too heavily on physical appearance is likely to cause body dissatisfaction, which can lead to various mental and physical health issues, and therefore take its toll on your performance and happiness.

Another important thing to consider with resolutions is “is it really self-improvement, or is it perfectionism?” Perfectionism is particularly more common with millennial’s, raising their risk for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts.

Ill effects of eating disorders can be both physical and psychological. Psychologically, eating disorders can cause social anxiety, depression, and even hallucinations and psychosis. Physically, they can cause organ failure, infertility, brain damage, abnormal hair growth, and even death. Hopefully you aren’t experiencing any of these, but you could still have an eating disorder without the symptoms present.

So how do you tell what is and isn’t disordered eating? If you are finding yourself increasingly obsessed with food intake, burning calories, eating only certain foods, purging, or other abnormal eating behaviors that interfere with other areas of your life, you likely have an eating disorder. While a degree of concern with these issues is healthy, over-concern that causes unhealthy eating habits, missing social events, or stress is never worth whatever benefits you are after.

What can you do? Psychotherapy and nutritional counseling are common treatments, and in more severe cases medical care and medications may even be needed. Ask your friends to hold you accountable. If a friend of yours has an eating disorder, be supportive of their condition. Be sensitive to their body-image issues. Be there for them to talk about their problems.

Remember, overall well-being should be the ultimate goal of a resolution. Find a nutritious diet that you can enjoy and adhere to for the rest of your life. If it dominates your life, it’s not worth it! And if you can’t adhere to it, it won’t work!.


Exercise and Mental Health

August 31st, 2020|0 Comments

Alcohol abuse can cause cerebral damage, impaired cognition, poor autonomic nervous control, impaired cardiovascular health, increased levels of stress and anxiety, depression symptoms, and poor quality of life. Some people experiencing these issues may [...]

The Role of Diet in Mental Health

August 31st, 2020|0 Comments

Healthy body, healthy mind! Your brain is an organ, and just like any other, it needs proper nutrition to work optimally. Diet is an important factor in mental health that is often overlooked. Obviously eat [...]

Sola Amari

August 31st, 2020|0 Comments

Donate Scholarship Application | Benevolence Request The Sola Amari Endowment is a fund inspired by children and adolescents who have shown exuberant amounts of resilience, strength, and hope. They shine their light in this world so [...]


M-F 9:00 – 5:00




To promote wellness through prevention, advocacy, and education by partnering to improve accessibility, effectiveness, and integration of systems.

Supporting healthier and happier lives of those affected by mental health and substance use in Eastern Carolina.

People: We believe everyone matters and everyone is important.

Community: We believe it takes every one of us to make a difference.

Commitment: We won’t stop, because the job is never done.

Excellence: We set our standards high, and we hit them.

Accountability: We have to hold each other in check in order to grow.

Collaboration: We each have strengths and weaknesses, and we use each other to lean on.

Integrity: We strive to do the right thing, the first me, every time.

Awareness: We want everyone to know how, why, and where they can get help.

Innovation: We want to be the best everyday, even in the midst of a changing landscape.

Respect: We value every view because everyone comes from a different perspective.

For over ten years, partners from all across the region have come together to make our community better. These organizations and individuals have focused their efforts on mental health action and advocacy, promoting the cause for the people we love, serve, and support.


At Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina we are here for you. Feel free to reach out anytime and we will be happy to get back to you!