Posted On 16 Nov 2022
Marama Carmichael

As the holiday season rolls up, it’s time to take a very real look at the stresses in our lives. One of the best ways to make a big positive change (and leave some of that anxiety behind) is to make the right new year’s resolutions. We’re not talking about your resolutions to hit the gym or to cut carbs out of your life. We’re talking realistic mental health resolutions that can help every digital marketer facing the anxiety crunch and a holiday season that may leave you feeling wrung dry.

The numbers are in: Marketing is a stressful profession.

If you just rolled your eyes thinking “No, duh”, you’re in the majority. A recent study by Mentally Healthy revealed that marketers deal with regular severe anxiety at twice the national average, and over half of marketing and media professionals face mild to severe anxiety on a regular basis. If you’re ready to make a change, try one or two of these realistic mental health resolutions for marketing professionals:

1) “I Will Clearly Identify, Label, and Avoid Toxicity”

You can’t always walk away from a toxic job or person, but you can label and avoid toxicity where it finds you. Like the monster under the bed or a friend’s bad attitude, things are easier to deal with when you can point and say “That is toxic, and that ish ain’t me.”

Start declining to spend your free time with toxic people or events. When someone says something nasty, say “That’s not very nice” and move on. Find your chill. Watch Office Space as part of your holiday movie collection, and peace out with the new year.

2) “I Will Start Training My Replacement”

Need to leave a toxic job? Just want someone else who can do your job when you need some time off? Resolve to train your replacement this year. If you can, expedite the hiring process to bring more people on an understaffed team. If you can’t, pick a junior employee or even an intern and give them a crash course on what you do. When your boss tries to deny yo