UNDERPINNINGS OF MENTAL HEALTH

Taking care of your emotions means trying to address the following (hopefully daily): 1. Sleep and rest Everyone’s needs are different but attempting to get to bed at a reasonable hour and getting enough hours can help you to cope. And even if you don’t get enough sleep taking time to rest helps rejuvenate both […]

KEEPING BOREDOM FROM BECOMING DEPRESSION

You have the power to take charge of the monotony of having to stay home. The underpinnings of fending off depression (even if you have a chemical imbalance for which you are prescribed medication) are getting enough sleep and rest, eating nutritiously (and some things you really like), and getting some sort of exercise.  The […]

GET OUTSIDE IF YOU CAN TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND/OR BRING YOU SOME CALMNESS

Staying home doesn’t have to mean staying inside your home or apartment. It means, as we’re constantly reminded, not to be closer than 6 feet from another person. But it doesn’t mean you have to be indoors. And being outdoors has MANY advantages. So, yes, if you’re a runner or a bike-rider and you can […]

“JUST DO IT” IN 2019

Each New Year makes us think about ways to improve our future. What would help you to be happier in 2019 and beyond? Start with one way in which you would like to see your life different and try to figure out how to make it happen. Plan the steps and be sure to include […]

WHY ARE HOLIDAYS SO DIFFICULT FOR SO MANY PEOPLE?

The two main reasons are: 1) Past holidays were unpleasant (especially while we were growing up) so each one reminds us of past ones. This is often based on Hollywood glamorizing family life making us think we are missing that perfect happy family who hugs, kisses, talks gayly and caringly with each other and gives […]

Resolving Division Of Labor Disagreements For Couples Who Live Together

First, address ways each partner can understand self and other as it relates to this topic: 1. Each make a list of who did these tasks in family-of-origin (or maybe someone was hired to do them): a. laundry b. grocery-shopping c. loading and unloading the dishwasher (or washing the dishes by hand) d. making the […]

Perfectionism — Sometimes a Problem for You or Someone Else You Know?

Do you, and maybe others, consider you a perfectionist, and does it sometimes cause you difficulties? Maybe someone else’s perfectionism is a problem for you (and, perhaps for themselves)? If you’re a brain surgeon please keep being perfectionistic about your work!  But, some of us have had experiences where this trait has stood in the […]

Some Thoughts on Men’s Mental Health

International Men’s Day took place on November 19 this year — but I think the topic of men’s mental health is worth talking about all year round. Men are not all cut from one cloth. They vary enormously but one thing I’ve noticed in my practice is that most of the troubled ones who come […]