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Financial Stress and Wellness

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

Financial Stress and Wellness

Different aspects of our lives can have an affect on wellness including family life, relationships, work and stress. One of the biggest stressors that people often experience is related to financial difficulties. The struggle with money is a leading source of stress in the U.S. and can cause all kinds of physical and mental health problems.

Financial stress can lead to feelings of guilt, low self-esteem and can cause relationship problems. People with money problems are more prone to depression, insomnia, and forms of physical distress such as migraines and high blood pressure. When someone worries about money on a regular basis it can be detrimental to them in multiple ways.

People tend to worry about their debts, unpaid bills, or living paycheck to paycheck. They might have problems with unemployment or job insecurity that make them deal with a feeling of stress every day. As financial stress builds up it can lead to mental health issues if the person does not find a way to handle the stress effectively.

Even though financial problems can be difficult to resolve, there are ways to improve wellness by coping with stress. One of the best ways to relieve financial stress is to talk to someone who is experiencing similar problems or who can listen compassionately to what you are going through. Talking to a friend, family member or therapist can be helpful in reducing stress and making it easier to cope with money issues.

Taking small steps to improving your financial situation can provide some relief and help you feel more in control of your money. Putting aside money into a savings account, paying off some of your debt gradually or balancing your budget can help you feel less stressed. You may not solve all of your money problems right away but small actions can improve your outlook and help you manage the situation more effectively.

Mental Health Care in the ER

Posted on: January 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Mental Health Care in the ER

Although the emergency room typically deals with physical health issues like injuries and illness, there are also mental health emergencies that need to be addressed in the hospital. When someone is having a mental health crisis, often the ER is the best place to get immediate assistance so that they are not a danger to themselves or others. Being safe during a mental health emergency should be the highest priority and the ER is able to provide basic mental health care to patients in need.

At the ER, staff are trained to handle mental health emergencies by asking certain questions to evaluate the severity of the situation. They can assess what type of issues you are dealing with and either recommend that you see a mental health professional or have you transferred to a treatment center that can provide you with the help you need. In some cases they might have a patient admitted to the hospital for a few days if they believe they are a danger to themselves.

The ER can admit patients who are struggling with mental health issues such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or any other problem that has escalated into a crisis. A mental health emergency usually means that the person has reached the point of a break down and may have become violent, has the intent to harm themselves or others or has attempted suicide. The ER is a place to keep you or your loved one safe until they can be provided with proper mental health treatment.

Although the ER is equipped to deal with a crisis temporarily, it is important for the patient to follow up and receive long term treatment and care at a mental health facility. After a stay at the hospital, they may consider enrolling in a residential recovery program to treat their disorder.

Work-Induced Anxiety

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

Work-Induced Anxiety

Some people suffer not necessarily from general anxiety but situational anxiety having to do with specific people, places or events. For many people, the workplace can induce intense feelings or worry and stress that they don’t experience anywhere else. Work anxiety can be difficult to overcome as we spend much of our lives at the workplace and need to do so in order to survive.

For some people who fear that their workplace is too anxiety-inducing it could be time to look into changing jobs. For those who aren’t willing or able to find another job, they can focus on different techniques to reduce their anxiety and make work more manageable. Feeling anxious at work can be normal but it doesn’t have to mean that you struggle every day with painful feelings at the office.

Mindfulness and self-awareness can both be effective techniques at dealing with anxiety. If you understand the root causes of your anxiety you can be aware of when triggers come up and learn to cope with them. Practicing mindfulness or relaxation methods can help minimize anxiety and allow you to work through anxious feelings.

Sometimes talking about your anxiety with someone can help ease your fears. You can talk with another coworker and see if they are experiencing the same feelings or a loved one who might have the same problems at their own workplace. Sharing your emotions with others and getting valuable feedback from can help reduce some of your anxiety.

If your anxiety about work is building up it may be a good idea to take some time off. Go on vacation for a few days or take a “mental health day” so that you can recharge. Everyone deserves a break from work stress especially if it is affecting your well being and causing too much anxiety.

 

Seeing a Family Member Homeless

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Seeing a Family Member Homeless

When someone in the family has an addiction, loved ones often feel helpless and don’t know what to do to change their behavior. Sometimes the addict reaches their lowest point and may end up on the street, homeless because their addiction has become out of control. If this happens, it is crucial for the family to step in and help them recover before their situation gets worse.

Homeless people very frequently suffer from drug or alcohol addiction and the prognosis for living on the street for an addict is not good. They could get into dangerous situations and their health and wellbeing will suffer greatly. Loved ones might feel panicked and afraid when they find out that a family member is homeless and their initial reaction may be to take them into their home.

However, the first thing to think about when helping a family member from homelessness is how to address their addiction. Once you make sure they are safe, it is then time to start researching shelters and recovery programs that are designed to help homeless people with addictions. Getting them into some kind of treatment should be your first priority once you get them off of the street.

Once you do some research into the best treatment plan for them, make sure to drop them off and accompany them when they enter the facility. Since they most likely have hit rock bottom as a result of their homelessness, they may already understand how important it is for them to quit their substance abuse. It can also be helpful to check in on their progress, attend family therapy sessions and be supportive throughout their recovery program.

When an addict becomes homeless, they are at their most desperate point and need your help. Most importantly they also need professional treatment to get back on their feet.

Dealing With Self-Loathing

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Dealing With Self-Loathing

Feelings of self-loathing can sabotage relationships because one person may feel that they are not “good enough” to be with other people. Those who cope with self-loathing can sometimes become isolated because they see so many negative qualities in themselves and assume that others will eventually see them. Someone who is hyper-aware of their limitations or perceived flaws can never be convinced of their worth unless they confront the cause of their self-loathing.

It can be difficult for people with self-esteem issues to build up confidence since compliments from others might have very little effect. A good tactic for people with self-loathing issues is to try to acknowledge that they might not know themselves as well as they believe. Although they might feel that they see and understand all of their own flaws, the reality is that the way they perceive themselves is often very inaccurate.

If someone who is a self-loather can learn to understand that the way they see themselves is not necessarily the “right” way then it opens up the possibility that they might not be as flawed as they think. They might see themselves as boring, worthless or untalented but others might see them as interesting and fun. Considering other people’s perspectives can help break down some of the deeply ingrained beliefs that affect their self-esteem.

People with self-loathing issues can also work on accepting praise from others and recognizing the ways in which they are supported and loved. Other people in their lives see their value and if they are able to understand that then it can start to change their perception of themselves. With time they can start to see their own positive qualities and allow themselves more self-care.

Self-loathing is a complex problem, but it is possible to reduce feelings of self-hatred through therapy and changing perspectives.