mental health

After a difficult day, you might be tempted to lounge on the couch watching TV until it’s time to go to bed. Although it might feel good in the moment, it won’t give you the mood and energy lift you need after a rough day. You need to unwind. You need your much-needed “me” time. Unplug.

While many schools have opened back up, many students are still experiencing symptoms of trauma and mental health issues. It’s important that teachers and faculty become educated themselves on the indicators of a mental health crisis in their students. Students should recognize their feelings and be open to sharing them with others. Reach out to teachers and staff and get the help you need.

The holidays are right around the corner! And that means many of us will begin losing our minds, patience, and good cheer. Well, can you blame us? The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Between shopping, decorating, and keeping your drunk aunt away from your recently widowed neighbor, it’s enough to pull your hair out!

Dating is challenging for everyone. But when you suffer with depression, dating can feel scary and overwhelming. Should people with depression date? If the person feels emotionally strong enough, then yes of course they should date. The real question is HOW should they date?

It’s easy to become isolated during this time. You’re tired and emotional. It’s important that you remain socially active and connect with others. You need to remember who you are as a person, not just a caregiver, and social interactions will help you feel human.

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.

Exercise will produce chemicals in your brain that will help elevate your mood and decrease your stress or tension, which will provide some relief for your anxiety. Exercise will also help you sleep. Not only will the physical exertion improve the quality of your sleep, it will help insure you’re able to sleep without interruption.

Caregiver burnout happens when a person has become physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted from the stress and burden of caring for a loved one. These people often feel completely alone, unsupported and unappreciated. Get someone in your corner and share your burden. This will help you breathe, feel better, and get your strength back.

Self-care is complex. Anyone can tell you to do it, but only you can bestow the gift of self-care onto yourself. A lack of self-care can lead to increased irritability. Leaving this unchecked can result in personal and professional relationships being negatively affected.

If you are a healthcare worker that is experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression as a result of COVID, it’s really important that you let someone else help you right now. A psychiatrist can offer strategies that will help you cope with your symptoms and deal with the underlying emotions.