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Choosing "Farm"

Find a therapist, be a “therapist”

Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” comes in many different forms. It can be a traditional appointment with a therapist, an online site, a support group and/or a talk with a trusted role model. Feeling like you have the undivided attention, time, and support is so important. 

Treat Trauma and Grow Through Grief

Grief is not limited to the life and death of a loved one. Experiencing any sort of trauma or drastic change causes grief; grieving is a part of life. We need to take the time to treat our traumas. Then we may grow with it, carrying our grief rather than drowning in it.

Get Involved and Give Back

Dive into your communities and get involved. We know this is much easier said than done, meeting new people and making the effort to get out of your comfort zone is hard. 

Get Grounded In Nature

Make sure you take the time each day to get up and outside. Spending time in nature and incorporating it into your daily environment can boost your mood and decrease your anxiety, along with many other health benefits. 

Mindful Consumption

What we put into our bodies matters.  Having a healthy and balanced diet is important to provide your brain and body the nutrients we need.  What we eat and when can have an impact on how we feel.

Human connection is at the core of good mental wellness. There are times we need to talk, cry, find ways to laugh and play, or ask friends and family for encouragement. 

Surrounding yourself with positive influences and supportive friends can make all the difference. Notice who brings you joy and who might be harming your emotional well-being.

Focus on the quality of your friendships and relationships. Building strong, meaningful relationships provides us with the love and care we need during hard times.

Cultivate Strong Relationships

You need to put your oxygen mask on first, once you’ve done that - reach out if you notice a friend or family member who may be struggling. The small act of reaching out can make someone’s day just a little brighter.

Unplug and reconnect -  Social media rarely shows the full picture of someone’s life, nor does it show your friends the authentic love you have for them. Check-in with your friends rather than just liking a photo. Show them how much you care in a way you find meaningful.

Real-Life Support Helps More Than Social Media 

The Secret To Living Longer May Be Your Social Life

Most importantly, be kind to yourself and others. Empathy can make all the difference during daily interactions to create a happy and comfortable environment for friends and family. You never know what the person might be going through and the impact you can make.

 Good relationships and friendships mean:

  • Being open-minded and honest

  • Celebrating life's ups and being there during life's downs

  • Compassion and empathy between parties

  • Accountable, stable, and secure bonds

  • Bringing out the best in the other person while accepting them for who they are

If you are struggling, talk to someone you trust and be open with them - we’re all vulnerable, and we all need support in different ways at different times. Being open with a loved one on how you are doing will strengthen your relationships and form deeper friendships.

You need to put your oxygen mask on first, once you’ve done that - reach out if you notice a friend or family member who may be struggling. The small act of reaching out can make someone’s day just a little brighter.

 

Unplug and reconnect -  Social media rarely shows the full picture of someone’s life, nor does it show your friends the authentic love you have for them. Check-in with your friends rather than just liking a photo. Show them how much you care in a way you find meaningful. 

 

Most importantly, be kind to yourself and others. Empathy can make all the difference during daily interactions to create a happy and comfortable environment for friends and family. You never know what the person might be going through and the impact you can make. 

Want to learn more? Recommendations on this topic:

Books


(listening to the audio versions is another great option!)

  • The Lonely Century, How to Restore Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart by Noreena Hertz
  • Modern Love by Aziz Asari
  • The Village Effect by Susan Pinker
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone
  • Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection In a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek Murthy
  • The Art of Showing Up: How To Be There For Yourself And Your People by Rachel Miller
  • What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez
  • Checking In: How Getting Real With My Depression Saved My Life -- and Can Save Yours by Michelle Williams
  • Love People, Use Things: Because The Opposite Usually Never Works by Joshua Millburn





If you are experiencing persistent moderate to severe anxiety or depression, please consult your healthcare provider for the best plan of action in your unique case. Medication or more intensive treatment may be necessary based on professional opinion.