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Tips for Boosting Mental Health

Posted on: June 14th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

Tips for Boosting Mental Health

Self care means taking the time to pay attention not only to your physical well being but also your mental health. There are many small ways that you can quickly boost your mental health if you are feeling down and need to recharge. Developing a routine of focusing on your mental well-being will build up over time and improve your state of mind on a regular basis.

One of the quickest and most effective ways to ease stress is to write down your thoughts. Keeping a journal every day and writing down your personal feelings can be a great way to vent and express things that you might not feel comfortable talking about. Journaling allows you a personal space to cope with the thoughts that may be bringing you down.

Another useful tactic is learning how to counter negative thoughts with positive ones or develop skills in creating a positive spin. Everyone has negative thoughts from time to time or starts to interpret events in a negative light. Bringing in some positive points to counter those thoughts can help prevent you from spiraling and helps you gain some new perspective on a situation.

One of the ways that people can start to produce more positive feelings and thoughts is through a practice of gratitude. Taking time to think about or write down the things that you are grateful for can have a major impact on your mood. We often forget all the good things that we have when we get bogged down in negativity and forget to be grateful.

It is also important to have some “go to” self-care practices that you know will boost your mood. It could be anything from taking a walk, watching your favorite movie, calling a friend or anything you know will help you feel better. Regular self-care can keep your mental health in a better state so that you can stay positive.

Overcoming a Misdiagnosis

Posted on: April 17th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Overcoming A Misdiagnosis

Mental health is a complex and intricate world that is still not fully understood. Although there has been plenty of progress in the field of mental health treatment, it is still possible for people to be misdiagnosed and be given the wrong kind of treatment for years. This can often occur with disorders that share symptoms with others, leading psychiatrists to make inaccurate assessments of the person’s illness.

Finding out that you have been misdiagnosed can be devastating and completely change your view of yourself and your understanding of your mental health. Getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial for anyone to be able to manage their illness and a misdiagnosis can lead to increased symptoms and even be dangerous for the person’s well-being. Learning about your misdiagnosis can be a shocking discovery but it can also be a new starting point for finally improving your mental health.

Someone who is misdiagnosed may have been taking the wrong type of medication or been given inaccurate assessments of their mental state. Even though a diagnosis is simply a label it can inform the way that a person understands their own behavior and how to resolve their problems. Only with a proper diagnosis can they start to resolve some of their symptoms and move forward to living a healthier life.

If you receive a new diagnosis it can be a good time to go back into therapy and start to develop a better understanding of what your condition really is. You will need to relearn how to cope with it and gain a different perspective on your particular issues. It can be challenging to bounce back form a misdiagnosis, but ultimately it can be positive for your recovery.

When you are diagnosed with a condition it is a good idea to get a second opinion from other psychiatrists to ensure that you have not been misdiagnosed.

The Philosophy of Second Chances

Posted on: April 15th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
The Philosophy of Second Chances

When people offend or hurt us, we tend to react differently depending on our beliefs about that person, our feelings of trust and our past experiences. How do we know when it will be a good idea to give a person a second chance and forgive them? Forgiveness can be fundamental for human relationships but it is also important to protect yourself in some cases and simply avoid toxic people.

Everyone needs to draw their own line for themselves when it comes to giving second chances. Even though it can be challenging to forgive someone who has hurt you, the reality is that people feel happier when they share more compassion and empathy rather than anger. People are adaptable and able to learn from their mistakes, so as long as you explain to someone how they hurt you they may be able to change their ways.

Forgiveness and second chances can actually be a useful and practical solution for conflict and can even save emotional energy for everyone involved. It also allows other people to be more forgiving to you in the future if you were to make any mistakes. It can ease your mind knowing that your relationships with other people don’t have to involve so many expectations.

There are some cases where you may feel unable to give someone a second chance. Maybe they have hurt you many times in the past, don’t seem remorseful about what they’ve done or they refuse to acknowledge that they made a mistake. It is always your decision to follow your intuition about forgiveness and choose when to give someone a second chance.

Although it can sometimes be easy to shut someone out of your life, more often you will feel better and open to others when you are able to forgive.

What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Posted on: April 13th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Personality disorders are all unique categories of mental health problems that involve a number of complex symptoms. Avoidant personality disorder is an issue that has to do mainly with feelings of social phobia and inadequacy as well as sensitivity to criticism. People with this disorder have trouble feeling normal around others and may avoid social situations because of their intense feelings of insecurity.

People struggling with avoidant personality disorder may cope with their feelings of inadequacy by spending lots of time alone so they can avoid being evaluated by others. Unfortunately they will often start to experience feelings of loneliness and disconnection as they spend too much time in solitude. When they are in social situations, people with this disorder may end up putting on a mask and have trouble being themselves because they fear being criticized.

Symptoms of avoidant personality disorder are often even more severe than those with social anxiety. Issues of self-image can go much deeper with avoidant personality disorder because the individual may have a distorted notion of their identity, viewing themselves as inferior, incompetent and deserving of rejection they anticipate from others. Their fear of rejection and criticism can be so crippling that they choose to have very few social interactions.

This disorder can interfere with daily functioning as the individual may have trouble succeeding at work or even leaving their house to go to the store at times. Treating avoidant personality disorder can be difficult but with cognitive behavioral therapy the patient may begin to change and improve their self-image over time. As they feel better about who they are and start building social skills they will spend more time with others and reduce their feelings of loneliness and rejection.

If you are seeking help, many treatment centers and professional therapists specialize in caring for people with symptoms of avoidant personality disorder.

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

Posted on: April 10th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

What words come to mind when you think about mental health treatment? Medication, maybe. Therapy of all kinds: CBT, DBT, existential, behavioral.

All of these have something in common. They’re prescribed or facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. However, the final piece of the puzzle is something that everyone can implement on their own: self-care.

Self-care is crucial for mental health, and is highly recommended even for those who are doing okay. Without self-care, all other treatments are fighting an uphill battle. Yes, they work. But their effectiveness is tempered by self-neglect.

Why is self-care so important for mental health? Let’s start by defining exactly what we’re referring to when we speak of self-care.

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care refers to anything you do to improve your wellbeing and happiness. This can include anything from regular exercise to the occasional bubble bath.

Usually, we speak of it in the context of doing things for yourself that, technically, don’t need to be done. You don’t need a massage. You don’t need to listen to relaxing music or go out to the movies. Doing these things therefore epitomizes self-care. Some would consider it indulgent, as it isn’t technically productive time. But it does something of far greater value than most of what we consider productive activity.

Why Does Self-Care Impact Mental Health?

Some forms of self-care are intuitively helpful for mental health. Exercise, eating well, and sleeping well, all affect our physical health as well as giving us energy to do what needs to be done every day.

But how do hobbies, baths, and the like make a difference to mental health? There are 3 main reasons.

A Sense of Security

When it comes down to it, anxiety is a product of feeling unsafe in one way or another. It differs from fear in that it is not an urgent, life threatening sense of danger we’re worried about. Rather, anxiety relates to the things that keep our world as we know it in order.

Unfortunately, the solution to the problems excessive anxiety causes us cannot be to fix everything in our lives and keep everything in control. That’s impossible, especially because it’s not really up to us most of the time.

Therapy helps us learn to manage the anxiety, but self-care has its own important place. Self-care, quite simply, makes us feel cared for. When we know we’re cared for, we feel a sense of security. That sense of security reduces the potency of the anxiety. Yes, the triggers remain, but you will feel like a more robust person, ready to deal with them.

Because You’re Worth It

One common factor in most mental illnesses is a shaky sense of self. You’re questioning who you are and, more urgently, whether you matter at all. You may not have received the unconditional love of a parent, or maybe you interpreted their care as coming at a steep price.

Whatever the reason is, you need to develop your sense of self in order to truly heal. Self-care is a perfect start. Your mind may shred all evidence that others find you worthwhile, but actions can be potent regardless. Taking care of yourself is a practical demonstration of your own self-worth. In a way, it’s as if you’re “faking it til you make it”.

Yourself And Others

In case you feel that self-care is, in fact, selfish, here’s the good news. Without caring for yourself, you’re not going to be able to care for others. As RuPaul puts it:

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

In other words, you’re the person you spend most of your time with. You’re the person who experiences your own attitudes and actions. If you’re not caring for yourself, you’re neglecting your caring skills altogether. Conversely, if you are giving yourself love and care, you build your caring skills and naturally start relating to others with more compassion and empathy.

Hopefully, you can see the importance of self-care for mental health. So, what can you do to care for yourself?

Self-Care Tips

The following are some of the tenets of good self-care:

  • Do things you enjoy. We tend to see hobbies as self-indulgent or a waste of time. After all, they don’t make us money and can take up a lot of time. But hobbies are often the very things that give us the sense of fulfillment we crave. Committing to do things you enjoy is the ultimate expression of self-care.
  • Be a pleasure connoisseur. Pleasure is also something seen as selfish or unnecessary. But pleasure is what gives life its glow, making us feel good and giving us energy to pursue our goals. However, if you indulge in pleasure mindlessly, you miss much of the experience and can end up doing unhealthy things. Rather, be a pleasure connoisseur, paying attention to the things you like and why you like them. Quality, in this case, is better than quantity.
  • See friends. Not everyone loves socializing all the time. But we all need it to some extent. If you’re not much of an extrovert, see friends in a one-on-one context. If you do love crowds, don’t feel guilty about taking a night off to go to a party or gathering.
  • Go home. Work is a hugely important part of our lives. And we treat it that way. It takes up much of our mindspace, as well as eight hours of every weekday. However, it is important to give yourself a break when you can. If you find yourself staying late at work when you don’t have to, or working on weekends, it is time to go home. Work may give you satisfaction and fulfillment, and at the least it gives you financial security, but we all need time away from it.

Self-care is incredibly important to mental health. By focusing on self-care, you make yourself less vulnerable to mental illness, and make recovery that much smoother.