Experiencing a trauma trigger is not just being upset by disturbing content. It’s a response wired into our brain by a past event, causing thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and behaviors that often feel automatic and out of one’s control.
What’s a single practice that’s been credited with reducing anxiety, treating depression, decreasing implicit age and race bias and increasing body satisfaction? Mindfulness.
Mindfulness encourages people to pay attention to the present moment, acknowledging and accepting their thoughts and sensations, without making judgments. It can help to heighten awareness of our emotional, cognitive, and physical experiences.
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 20th century novel, tells the story of Mary Lennox, a girl who moves to England following the deaths of her parents. As she copes with her grief, she also faces ill health, loneliness and a ton of additional concerns that we now would recognize as major stressors. As you… read more
Growing evidence suggests that eating well can improve your mental health, particularly your mood. For example, foods such as berries can boost memory and learning capacity, and certain teas can increase focus and reduce mental fatigue.
Have you ever had a day when losing a sock can send you into an emotional tailspin? Or you forget to send an email, and it causes you to question your self-worth? Felt that you were overreacting to something, had no idea why and felt unable to stop?
As therapist Elizabeth Tschoegl, LICSW, MSc explains, “anxiety interferes with sleep in any number of ways, from trouble falling asleep, to restlessness during sleep, to waking up in the middle of the night with panic, and more.” As if those interferences aren’t enough, they may increase your general anxiety around falling or staying asleep, making it that much harder to rest.
There’s no doubt that the past few years have given us plenty to be worried about. The rise of #MeToo and several recent shootings have sparked major activity in the fights against sexual assault, unregulated gun ownership, and institutionalized racism. Political dealings, no matter which party we’re affiliated with, have been regularly disrupted by disagreements and scandals. People have more to fight for than ever, and we can see this in the high rates of activism across the nation.
Our physical and psychological health are connected—so much so that issues with our mental health can manifest as bodily pain. Below are a few common physical symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other psychological conditions, as well as suggestions from therapist Sarah Levy, LICSW on how you can treat them. Symptoms of Mental Health Issues Everyday… read more
Despite the costs exacted by psychological conditions, in 2016, only 41% of adults with a mental health issue received any form of treatment. Long wait times and a lack of accessible care are a few reasons why people fail to seek clinical support, but some of the most insidious barriers between individuals and mental health care are the toxic myths that have sprung up around both psychological health and the therapeutic process.
Our bodies go through myriad changes as we age; in terms of stress, as we grow older, we are both exposed to new physical stressors and begin to handle those stressors in a different way. This post seeks to break down those stress-related changes and provide methods for coping with them. How Our Bodies Respond… read more