Cultivating Strong Relationships
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.
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.
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.
Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” comes in many different forms. It can be
a traditional appointment with a therapist
an online site that provides virtual or text therapy
a support group
a talk with a trusted role model or reliable third party
Feeling like you have the undivided attention, time, and support is a necessity. Life is too tough to manage alone and therapy is crucial for those struggling with anxiety, trauma, and/or depression.
Find a therapist, be a "therapist"
It is okay if you don’t click with your first one or even 10, but keep trying and remember they can only help when you open your heart and be true to yourself.
Check in at your school health center to see if therapy is provided or use these sources to find the support:
Free online assessment - https://www.doctorondemand.com
Therapy is really helpful even at times when you don’t feel like you are struggling. It is beneficial for everyone to learn more about yourself, your priorities, and how you can improve your daily life.
In general, any form of therapy is beneficial in bettering daily life. Therapy helps:
Communicate feelings, dreams, and fears
Teach life-long coping skills
Build stronger relationships with friends and family
Get everything off your chest with someone who is objective and non-judgemental
Find a therapist you connect with, who can empathize, and offer you tools for regaining hope and strength. Make sure you feel safe and understood.
Talk to a friend if you are struggling to find one on your own. Even if you don’t think you need a recommendation, ask a friend (or anyone) if they know a good therapist nearby.
Normalize seeking help. You never know who might need the extra push to seek therapy or the simple reminder that it's okay not to be okay. Help break the awkward silence surrounding mental health.
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.
Be prepared for a loved one to come to you during their heartaches and hardships, but know that it is okay if you don’t know how exactly to help. Just by reading this you are doing your part to be a better friend or family member.
Reserve any judgment and only offer advice if they ask for it
Think of words, phrases, mantras that you might need to hear in a time of crisis - have encouragement and kindness at the tip of your tongue already
Educate yourself on what they may be going through and how you can help
Being a shoulder to cry on with an open heart and soothing words is the best thing you can give. Your time, your attention, and your empathy can save lives.
Want to learn more? Recommendations on this topic:
Let’s Talk about Hard Things by Anna Sale
Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom
Noise, A Flaw in Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman
On Becoming A Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy by Carl Rodgers
Good Morning, Monster: A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Stories of Emotional Recovery by Catherine Gildiner
Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal by Michael Baldwin
Therapy 101 with Dr. Ana Roth