by Glynis Sherwood – MEd, CCC, RCC, CSAC
How You Can Occupy Your Mental Health:
- Understand that most common psychological problems like mild to moderate depression and anxiety are not diseases, but part of normal human experience arising from reactions to grief, loss, abuse, lack of love, familial, economic and social pressures. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with your brain. Depression and anxiety are usually symptoms that something is amiss in your world that needs to be righted.
- Recovery from depression and anxiety involves a simple but multi-faceted approach:1 Learn to unearth or identify negative beliefs and expectations, especially about yourself. Often these beliefs are subconscious, and are usually – at least in part – based on lies. You have to discover what you are buying into that’s hurting you, before you can make changes;
- Once you figure out what pessimistic attitudes are running you, begin to challenge and replace them with more balanced ideas and reality based modes of thinking;
- Learn to recognize and value your strengths, including personal qualities such as kindness, as well as skills and abilities – this is the truth about you, and will also give you the ammunition to stand up to negative thinking;
- Decide what you want life to look like and take daily steps to create that life;
- Deal openly and honestly you’re your feelings. Try and understand what your emotions are trying to tell you about what you truly need;
- End compulsive, self-destructive behaviors like addiction;
- Heal from trauma or ‘stuck’ grief. Go to therapy if you don’t know how;
- Commit to building healthy, loving, interdependent relationships;
- Do work that you enjoy;
- Cultivate habits of daily living that support healthy functioning such as work-life balance, reflective time, relaxation, adequate exercise, good sleep habits and solid nutrition.
- If you are feeling depressed or anxious you can almost always benefit from counselling with the right therapist. Choose a counsellor who is a respectful and collaborative member of your team. If your work benefits cover medication but not counselling, ask your employer to provide better, more comprehensive, services. Self help books and groups can be a vital support as well.
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Glynis Sherwood – MEd, Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Addictions Counsellor is a Counselling Therapist specializing in recovery from long standing Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Addictive Behaviors. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you on the road to recovery!