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 […]

REDUCE YOUR LONELINESS

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, is having her government address what is called a “modern health scourge.” She states that her country is not the only one whose health and welfare are being affected by loneliness. Yes, loneliness doesn’t only affect your mental health but may affect your physical health and longevity as well. […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Self-Help Suggestions For Anxiety and Depression

Most people already know about what is written below but at times may forget. These reminders are helpful for both anxiety AND depression. 1. Deep-breathing-a few deep, slow breaths 2. Relaxation apps on your phone – some are waves on the seashore or rain on the roof, some are progressive relaxation (“Your feet are getting […]

Be Your Own Therapist- The Aunt Nellie Syndrome

Have you ever felt suddenly cheerful without knowing why? Or, perhaps you have become sad, felt a cloud over you, and the feelings seemed unexplainable. This could have happened because of what I call “The Aunt Nellie Syndrome” which has to do with your 5 senses and memory. You see, emotions can often be affected […]