depression

Stick to a Sleep Routine: Having a consistent sleep schedule can help train your body and reduce anxiety at bedtime. Set a bedtime and wake-up time, even on weekends.

Create a Relaxing Environment: Your sleep environment can have a big impact on your quality of sleep.

Life is easier and just feels better when our brains are working for us, not against us.

Your brain does an awful lot for you. Isn’t it time you start paying more attention to what it needs? Eat right and you will experience a big change in your mood, how you think and how your sleep!

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health and well-being. Taking care of your mental health can help you feel better about yourself, manage your emotions, cope with challenges, and build strong relationships.

Paying attention to your thoughts and feelings in the present moment can help you manage stress and improve your overall well-being.

It’s important to not isolate over the holidays. Being around loved ones who support and care for you can be a comfort. Having said that, you’ll also want to have a plan that will allow you to get away from crowds and holiday festivities when you feel yourself become triggered or emotional. This may mean you drive separately to an event so you can leave when YOU want and need.

The holidays are just around the corner, and many of us are struggling to come up with gift ideas our friends and family will love. With so many people dealing with stress and anxiety these days over the recession, layoffs, and COVID, the best gift you can give this season is the gift of mental health.

Also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder – or SAD – seasonal depression results in fatigue, a loss of interest in socializing and activities, weight gain, and more. Symptoms usually begin to present in the fall and last until the sunnier, warmer days of spring.

If you suffer from seasonal depression, there are things you can do to stop it in its tracks this year:

One of the most powerful ways people can lift themselves out of the darkness of depression is to change their thinking patterns.

Thinking positively means you are re-training your brain to think and feel good. Every time you have a negative thought, stop, recognize it as negative, and immediately flip the switch and create the positive opposite thought in its place.

It is the time when clinicians and their communities come together to spread awareness and combat mental illness. By working together, we can all promote the importance of mental health screenings while reducing the stigma associated with mental health illnesses.

Recovery from depression is a complex process but you don’t need to go it alone. By surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones, you can continue to feel genuine connections, and each one of those connections is a light that can pierce through the darkness.

Teachers tend to be the kind of people who always put their students’ – and other people’s – needs first. But now is the time to put your needs first, so you have the energy and mental clarity to give to your students throughout the rest of the year.