An inside look at what you’d learn in therapy, tbh.
Of course, everyone brings their own set of experiences to the table and some people might be living with mental illnesses that make things more complicated. But hopefully you might be able to find a few pieces of advice here that can help life feel a little easier.
Open up to other people about your feelings — the good and the bad.
"When we begin expressing our true feelings with others, we realize that most of us share the same insecurities and fears. We are less likely to take things personally, make assumptions, and internalize the comments or behavior of others, which reduces the need to act out in negative or self-destructive behaviors and decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety. The ideal is to be authentic and vulnerable with others, by sharing our innermost feelings."
—Barbara Nosal, PhD, chief clinical officer at Newport Academy
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Treat yourself, and whatever mental health issues you might deal with, with compassion.
"Behind me on my office wall sits the quote, 'If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.' For mental health, compassion is a strong foundation for addressing the mind, body, and soul. Compassion means to show loving kindness. Compassion is at the heart of understanding, forgiveness toward self and others, and love. Compassion means acting from a place of nonjudgment.
When we look at our mental health this way, we can look at life in its entirety with compassion, and that will change how one perceives the world and those around you."
—Beth Rue, MSS, LSW, primary therapist at Summit Behavioral Health
Create balance in your life by knowing which activities drain you and which ones recharge you — then plan accordingly.
"If you aren’t sure where to start, here is an idea: Make a list of the activities in your daily life (work, chores, hangouts with friends, sports, grocery shopping, helping your child with homework, etc.). Now beside each activity make note if it charges your 'battery' or if it depletes it. In other words, what gives you energy and revitalizes you mentally vs. tires you out or stresses you out?
If you find your day is full of the activities that require more energy, you will feel zapped by the end of the day. Is there wiggle room to create time for things that charge your battery daily or every few days? Make shifts in your life and create balance or you risk feeling burnt out all of the time!"
—Joanna Boyd, MCP, RCC, Vancouver, Canada-based clinical counselor
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