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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:47

10 of the Healthiest Fall Foods

For many, fall is associated with warm apple pies seasoned with cinnamon or pumpkin spice anything, from lattes to muffins. Although these yummy concoctions may be okay in moderation, there is a bounty of other fall foods available that offer a bit more nutrition and that you are sure to love.

10 Healthy Foods to Try This Fall

Fall is the perfect season to enjoy a wide variety of produce. You can likely find some items on our list at your local grocery store all year round, but now is the time when they are at their optimal freshness — especially if you source them from a local farm or farmer's market. This autumn, be sure to add the following 10 healthy foods to your shopping list:

  1. Pumpkin: It's a cliché for a reason — fall and pumpkins go hand-in-hand. If you stay away from the pumpkin-inspired desserts, this squash is a low-calorie treat packed with healthy antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin A, zinc and fiber. Plus, there are tons of ways to enjoy this favorite orange crop, from pumpkin gnocchi to roasted pumpkin seeds.

  2. Apples: One apple has a whopping 20 percent of the fiber you need in a day. Plus, researchers have found that it has tons of benefits like boosting your immunity, promoting gut health, reducing blood pressure and even lowering the risk of cancer. In the autumn, there are tons of apple varieties that aren't available at other times of the year.

  3. Artichokes: Canned artichokes will never compare to the fresh and flavorful options available every fall. They're full of disease-fighting antioxidants, which are important when the fall cold and flu season comes calling. Plus, roasted artichokes packed with flavorful seasonings is a treat that will keep you coming back for more.

  4. Pomegranates: Pomegranates are full of antioxidants. Although getting at those delicious red seeds requires a little effort, it's worth the work — of course, you can also find just the seeds or even pomegranate juice at the store.

  5. Chestnuts: You don't have to wait until winter to get some chestnuts roasting on the open fire. These cold weather nuts offer a rich flavor while still remaining lower in fat and calories than other nuts.

  6. Brussels Sprouts: Often compared to miniature cabbage, Brussels sprouts have never been appreciated as they should. However, more and more people are discovering that with a bit of seasoning and some roasting, Brussels sprouts are not only a delicious side dish, but they also provide natural detoxification properties for your body.

  7. Carrots: The best, most flavorful carrots hit the shelves at the end of summer and continue throughout the fall season. You probably already know that this root vegetable contributes to eye health, but it also has cancer-fighting and cardiovascular benefits as well. Eat them raw or cook them up in a delicious fall bisque.

  8. Sweet Potatoes: These naturally sweet spuds will probably make you feel like you're indulging, but thankfully, sweet potatoes are full of things that are good for your body. Vitamins, fiber, nutrients — sweet potatoes have a healthy dose of all of these. Plus, there are hundreds of different recipes to try, so you'll never run out of new creations.

  9. Cranberries: You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving for this tart snack. Their anti-inflammatory properties aid with hypertension, arterial stiffness and more. Plus, you can enjoy them juiced, dried and in your morning oatmeal. They're even great as a complement to a savory meat dish.

  10. Persimmons: Chances are you've never tried a persimmon before. These are small, orange fruits resembling tomatoes, but they have a honey flavor you won't forget. You can eat them whole or add them to your parfait or salad. They have antioxidants, vitamins and even more fiber than the trusty apple.

Whatever foods you decide to indulge in this fall, these nutrient-packed options will help keep your body happy and healthy.

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Quiet. Shy. Introverted. These are words we often use to describe those who prefer to take a backseat when it comes to social situations. But these words can also be a mask to hide an underlying psychological issue — social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Social anxiety disorder is more than just being nervous or uncomfortable in unfamiliar environments or when meeting new people. After all, everyone experiences this at one time or another. For those with this common mental disorder, it goes a step further.

How Social Anxiety Can Impact Romantic Relationships

SAD causes you to experience intense stress and even physical side effects like muscle tension or a rapid heartbeat in a variety of different social situations. Unfortunately, social anxiety can also have a toll on romantic relationships, but there is hope. With compassion and understanding, both those who struggle with SAD and their partner can cultivate a loving and lasting relationship.

Although everyone's social anxiety is different, here are some common ways that it can impact relationships:

  • Difficulties trusting
  • Less perceived support
  • Viewing their partner as overly critical
  • Attempting to control partner to reduce their own insecurities
  • Demonstrating clinginess or jealousy
  • Shutting down and refuses to talk about issues
  • Holding back parts of themselves to avoid rejection
  • Developing negative forms of communication like criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling.
  • Pushing their partner away or sabotaging the relationship

For those in a romantic relationship with someone who has social anxiety, they often have a difficult time understanding where their partner is coming from. They may experience feelings of rejection or hurt because they don't understand why they're being pushed away.

However, if you keep the above warning signs in mind, you both can focus on creating an honest relationship. It will be based on the foundation of open communication as you discuss how the disorder has impacted you both.

Six Tips for Developing Healthy Relationships When You Have Social Anxiety

If you are addressing your social anxiety disorder and receiving treatment, then there's no reason why you can't create a healthy romantic relationship with the right person. Here are six tips that may help you foster a healthy relationship when you have social anxiety:

  1. Address Issues Immediately: When you have a concern you leave unsaid, negative feelings can develop — which could lead to harsh criticism and an unnecessary conflict. Even though it may be uncomfortable, it's important to be completely honest about your feelings and discuss issues, rather than just ignoring them.
  2. Discuss What's Important to You: If you've spent most of your life feeling like you were fading into the background, you may not be used to expressing how you feel. But knowing and understanding someone is the foundation of intimacy. Just start small with what you really think about something, like your food preferences or other lifestyle choices, and let it build from there.
  3. Learn to Embrace Your Own Uniqueness: There's a reason your partner is with you. Don't undermine this by devaluing yourself. Learn to see yourself as the worthwhile person you are, with your own personality and unique insights. When you love yourself, you are better able to recognize what you have to offer your relationship.
  4. Assume the Best About a Situation: It's never safe to assume what someone else is thinking or feeling, and that's especially true in relationships. Your anxiety may cause you to assume the absolute worst without provocation, but that's often unfair to your partner. When a negative assumption pops into your mind, confront it immediately and choose to replace it with a positive thought unitl you can get more information if needed.
  5. Keep Communication Open: There are many aspects of your social anxiety your partner will not understand unless you communicate them. You may have triggers that cause you to feel a certain way and that cause you stress. Explaining these to your partner will not only help them understand, but it will also give them the opportunity to help you.
  6. Focus on the Here and Now: Social anxiety can cause you to over-analyze the past and dread the future. Avoid this by focusing on what's happening right now. Enjoy and embrace your relationship as it is in the present.

It's Okay to Ask for Help

Proper treatment is key when you have social anxiety disorder. If you're looking for methods of preserving your relationships and if you're finding it difficult, that's okay. Mental health professionals can help you learn healthy approaches that will allow you to create a lasting relationship.

Brookhaven Retreat is here to offer a safe place where women who are dealing with mental health issues can find compassionate care and guidance. Admitting you need help may be what your relationship needs to stay on track. Reach out to us today to get more information.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:53

Depression and Relationships

In the United States, the leading cause of disability among individuals aged 15 to 44 is major depressive disorder or MDD. Though this disorder affects both genders, it is more prevalent in women than in men. Studies show that an estimated one in every 10 women experiences depression symptoms, with between one in nine and one in five women experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression. Because various types of depression can cause different symptoms, some women may not be aware that this disorder is impacting their lives.

1 in 10 women suffer from depression

Depression is more than simply being upset or feeling sad. Although negative events, like the loss of a loved one or a major life change, can cause an individual to experience significant feelings of sadness and even depressive episodes, depression causes severe symptoms that last for over two weeks which affects the way a person feels, thinks and acts.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Decreased energy
  • Loneliness and self-isolation

What many people may not realize is that depression not only impacts the individual suffering, it affects their relationships as well.

How Depression Can Affect Relationships

Like many other serious mental health issues, depression can have a long-reaching impact on every aspect of your life including the relationships you have with family members, friends and romantic partners. Depression can develop at any age and be attributed to genetics, other medical conditions, medications, major life changes or any combination of these factors. Because this disorder can occur and persist throughout life's many stages, the varied symptoms of depression have the potential to impact all types of relationships — even relationships that are inherently healthy, supportive and positive.

Social isolation

Living with depression is difficult for many individuals, regardless of their age, occupation or status in society. Although some of these individuals may be required to interact with others throughout their daily tasks, they can still feel alone even when they are surrounded by people. Social isolation occurs when an individual has a lack of meaningful social interactions with others. For instance, if you work in a service-oriented career where you engage with many customers, you can still experience social isolation if you lack quality and rewarding interaction, which can have negative effects on health.

There are many ways in which depression can affect relationships. The symptoms of depression, especially when combined with other co-occurring disorders like anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse disorders, can create real or perceived strains in all types of relationships. Those without depression are also at an increased risk of developing symptoms if they have poor quality relationships with family members, romantic partners or other social acquaintances. These symptoms could both further decrease the quality of those relationships and increase the severity of symptoms.

1. How Depression Impacts Family Relationships

It's important to remember that every case of depression is as unique as the person affected. The dynamics of each interpersonal relationship can be vastly different from one person to another and they can be altered by a number of factors including depression or other mental health issues. However, this does not mean depression will cause a relationship to become ruined, irreparable or forever damaged. Depression has the potential to put a strain on a relationship, but treatment and therapy can help to manage and reduce this impact.

Depression can strain relationships

A family history of depression and other mental health issues increases the likelihood that an individual will also develop similar conditions. It is often hard for family members - parents, siblings, children and other relatives - to understand what it's like to struggle with depression and they may be confused if this struggle is new.

Here are some ways that depression can impact family relationships, explained through brief scenarios:

  • If a parent reacts with irritability, frustration or anger, it could cause their child to develop increased feelings of worthlessness.
  • If an individual suddenly loses interest in an activity they do with their sibling, that brother or sister may feel abandoned, discarded or isolated.
  • If a child experiences sadness and observes their parent suffering from the same depressive symptoms, they may feel that attempting to overcome the disease is hopeless.
  • If one family member experiences increased anxiety and restlessness while the other feels tired and lacks energy, the ways in which they each try to cope with these symptoms may drive them further apart.

Without support from family members who understand, or at least seek to understand, the unique symptoms you're experiencing, it may be difficult for you to share your thoughts and feelings. If you don't believe they'll respect or accept the ways depression is affecting your mind and body, you may choose to distance yourself from them or begin to harbor negative feelings towards those who don't seem to be on your side.

Mothers and Depression: The Impact on Children

If you are a mother suffering from depression, it is natural to be concerned with how this will impact your child's development. Some studies have shown that there is an association between parents experiencing depression and the frequency of behavioral problems in their children, a lack of quality interpersonal functioning and lower results rating cognitive, intellectual and academic performance. Depression in parents also seems to have an association with increased rates of depression, cognitive vulnerabilities towards the disorder and increased rates of anxiety in their children.

However, this does not mean that a parent's depressed behavior alone will influence the likelihood of depression in their children. Other risk factors, or the absence of protective factors, can also influence child depression. These factors include comorbid psychiatric disorders, lifestyle hardships like poverty and exposure to violence and conflict. Additional influences that also play a role include genetic variability, severe and frequent exposure to stressful environments and prenatal exposure to anxiety. A parent's depression doesn't automatically translate to the development of a child's depression.

2. How Depression Impacts Romantic Relationships

A romantic relationship may bring enjoyment, contentment and even love into a person's life, however, these positive feelings won't necessarily reduce symptoms of depression. There is no "cure" for depression — negative thoughts or feelings can't simply be erased or replaced by positivity. This disease can impact romantic relationships just as significantly as other family relationships. The symptoms of depression may cause an individual to behave in ways that can interfere with a casual or serious romantic relationship and create emotional hardships.

Any sexual component in a relationship, including relationships in which sexual encounters exist without courtship, can be affected by depression. Decreased sex drive is one of the many symptoms of depression and can cause an individual to refrain from engaging in any sexual activities. Depression can decrease energy and make an individual feel negatively towards themselves and their partner which will greatly impact their desire to engage in sex.

Depression has an effect on all types of romantic relationships, especially if the opposite partner does not have depression or has suffered from it in the past. These individuals may withhold their support for their depressed partner or engage in intensive supportive actions, both of which can cause relationship strain. Conversely, it's been shown that many women will hide their depression from their spouse by engaging in self-silencing as an act of protection, thus not allowing the partner to have the opportunity to show support.

Depression can be a hurdle

Many Americans admit that depression is a significant hurdle in their relationships. Depression can also affect marriages and has the potential to increase marital dissatisfaction and rates of divorce. In fact, divorce rates can increase nine times higher than average when one spouse suffers from depression. Though it's expected that familial issues or financial strains may impact a relationship, depression can make any issues in a marriage much more complicated and damaging.

3. How Depression Can Affect Friendships

Not only is it common for those struggling with depression to isolate themselves from their family and loved ones, it's also common for them to completely withdraw from their other social relationships. Depression has the potential to affect all types of relationship no matter how close or casual you and another person are. Some symptoms of depression may cause you to inadvertently push others in your life away.

Anger and irritability as depression symptoms

Anger and irritability are two common signs of depression, but they could also be seen as personality flaws by others who do not understand depression's diverse symptoms. Aggressive behavior like becoming excessively mad, shouting or instigating conflict — and even passive-aggressive behaviors — can hurt the feelings of those you interact with. This could put a strain on your relationship and lead them to avoid interacting with you.

Warning Signs That Depression May Be Affecting Your Relationships

The symptoms of depression are diverse and vary in severity. You may be easily able to recognize these signs in a stranger and yet you could be completely unaware that this disease is causing a loved one to suffer. Similarly, you may also be portraying the signs and symptoms of depression without acknowledging or realizing the severity of its impact on your relationships. Depression can affect all of your relationships in vastly different ways. The following are warning signs that depression may be affecting your relationships.

1. You Feel Your Relationships Are Hopeless.

We allow those in our lives to occupy certain roles of varying degrees. These relationships — familial, intimate or platonic — create a support structure that can be a positive influence in our lives. Feeling that these relationships are meaningless or temporary is not healthy. Although family members pass, friends drift apart and relationships may dissolve, these are normal occurrences most individuals face in life. The potential for a relationship to come to an end is not a reason to abandon hope in all relationships.

2. Your Negative Emotions Influence Your Participation in Relationships.

Conflict is a natural part of our lives, however, avoiding this conflict is not always natural or healthy. Those who suffer from depression may have trouble dealing with intense, negative emotions — the same type of overwhelming emotions that are often present during a conflict. Reacting to these negative emotions in unhealthy ways does not allow you to process, rectify and overcome these feelings. If you completely withdraw from emotional conflict or react too strongly to it, it could damage your relationship.

Withdrawing from emotional conflict

3. You Use Destructive Behaviors to Cope With Depression Symptoms.

The onset of depression and the prevalence of this disease creates hardships throughout all aspects of your life. When some individuals suffering from depression feel that they cannot manage their symptoms, they may engage in negative behaviors in an ultimately failed attempt to relieve themselves of these issues.

Some self-destructive behaviors commonly cited are drug and alcohol abuse, both of which can negatively impact not only the depression symptoms but your overall quality of health as well. However, there are more ways in which a person could be engaging in damaging behavior without using these substances. Self-defeating thoughts and actions are also serious warning signs that have been found to be significant to suicidal thoughts in women. This sometimes subtle form of self-deprecation can be an eroding force that worsens depressive symptoms.

4. Your Sexual Activity Has Decreased Significantly or Is Non-Existent.

A decreased sexual drive is a symptom of depression and can occur at any time regardless of the relationship stage. The absence of sex, or more specifically the lack of physical contact and feelings of arousal, can cause partners to become physically and emotionally distant from one another. Although physiological conditions can cause a lowered sex drive, it is also a warning sign for depression and a potential way your relationship can become damaged.

5. You Experience Anxiety, Knowingly or Not.

Anxiety and depression are common co-occurring disorders — there's a high chance that those experiencing depression are also feeling symptoms of anxiety. One of the symptoms of anxiety is the urge to avoid situations that cause this panic. If you're actively avoiding interaction with your family, friends or partner for fear of having an anxiety attack, you may want to consider the possibility that you could be suffering from severe anxiety coupled with depression.

Anxiety and depression common co-occurring disorders

6. You Experience Changes in Your Sleep Patterns.

We seem only to get busier and busier as the weeks go by and it's not uncommon for individuals to feel tired or run down after juggling a full schedule. However, problems like insomnia and oversleeping can be indicative of depression. Regardless of how much sleep you get, if you feel consistently fatigued or find yourself unwilling to get out of bed to spend time with those you care about, you may be showing signs of depression.

Insomnia and oversleeping can be depression symptoms

7. You Engage in Self-Harm and Hide It From Others.

If you've attempted to harm yourself through any means, it may be hard to hide these injuries from others. Actively avoiding face-to-face interaction with those you care about because you're trying to conceal your injuries is a sign that you may be depressed.

8. You're Considering Suicide.

If you're considering suicide, or believe that to continue living is hopeless, get help immediately. You may be inclined to distance yourself from your support system, but this is the time you need these relationships most. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

Knowing When to Seek Help for Depression

Although at times depression may make a person feel isolated from everyone around them, no one needs to face depression alone. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of depression, it's important to know when an individual should seek professional help. Depression is highly treatable. Many people who have suffered from depression have regained their lives using a variety of treatments including therapy and medication. You can recover from your symptoms and manage this disorder. Realizing it's time to seek assistance from a mental health specialist is the first step.

Time to seek help for depression

If you or someone you care about is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms consistently for more than two weeks, you may be struggling with depression:

  • Decreased energy or fatigue, especially that which prevents you from socializing with others
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in hobbies or activities performed alone or with friends and family
  • Trouble focusing on tasks, recalling details or making decisions
  • Trouble sleeping, insomnia or oversleeping
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness, or believing that you appear this way in the eyes of others
  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic about relationships or your general outlook on life
  • Consistent feelings of heavy sadness, anxiety or emptiness
  • Thoughts of death
  • Thoughts or attempts at self-harm or suicide

Depression is a disorder that affects brain chemistry. Co-occurring disorders like anxiety or substance abuse may increase and further complicate symptoms of depression. Though you may believe that those in your life perceive your relationship in a negative light, it's likely depression causing you to feel this way and to see these relationships through a tinted lens. You may discover that seeking help for depression can improve the relationships you have with family members, friends and intimate partners.

Repairing Relationships Affected by Depression With Help From Brookhaven Retreat

Depression is a common disorder that many women struggle with. Unfortunately, this disease affects the way you think, feel and act, which often negatively impacts your relationships with family members, friends and romantic partners. This loneliness may sometimes lead to destructive coping mechanisms such as abusing drugs or alcohol, which also increases feelings of isolation. To prevent depression from affecting interpersonal relationships, many women seek compassionate support and professional treatment. By developing healthy coping mechanisms and treating mental health issues, you can successfully manage your depression.

Brookhaven Retreat is a safe and caring facility that welcomes women from all walks of life with understanding and support. Specializing in individualized treatment programs for mental health and substance abuse issues, we remove the stigma that prevents women from addressing these diseases and provide them with the resources needed to heal, grow and return to their lives as stronger and healthier women. We're dedicated to guiding these brave individuals through recovery by offering the encouragement, understanding and professional knowledge they need to achieve positive change in their lives.

If you believe that your relationships are being negatively affected by symptoms of depression, you should know these challenges that you are facing can be overcome. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff is available to help you reshape your outlook on life, reduce the negative thoughts that cause emotional strife and rebuild the relationships that depression may have damaged. Contact Brookhaven Retreat today and let us help you regain control of your mental health and live a happier and healthier life.

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In most cases, you are your own worst critic. That critical inner voice points out your flaws, your failings and everything you don't like about yourself. However, the way you view and speak to yourself plays a huge role in your overall well-being.

One way to be kinder to yourself is to practice the art of self-compassion. Here are some ways that you can develop self-compassion to live a fuller and happier life.

What Is Self-Compassion?

Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone has shortcomings. When we show compassion to others, we recognize their suffering and offer them kindness when they fail instead of harsh judgment or criticism. Self-compassion is the same practice, except you're acting compassionately toward yourself.

No one expects you to be perfect. Self-compassion allows you to stop mercilessly judging yourself and criticizing your own inadequacies. It also requires you to be kind and understanding when confronted with your own personal failings.

Five Ways to Develop Self-Compassion

To quiet the loud voice of the self-critic, you need to recognize you are not worthless or unacceptable. Being able to care for yourself and extend self-compassion will allow you to be happier and healthier. Here are five tips for developing that all-important self-compassion:

1. Forgive Yourself

When you make a mistake, do you dwell on it for a long time? Do you chastise yourself and ruminate over how things could have gone differently? When you derive our self-worth from a need to do things perfectly or a performance mentality, these feelings are often the result.

When confronted with your shortcomings, accept that you are not perfect. Remind yourself that you are valued by friends, family and colleagues. This will help you to be gentler with yourself, grow from your mistakes and then let them go.

2. Embrace Challenges as a Chance to Grow

Too often, when a challenge comes our way that's difficult to overcome, we feel defeated, especially when we fail. But challenges should be viewed as opportunities. There's a well-known quote by Thomas Edison when asked about the thousands of times he failed before successfully creating the light bulb — "I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work."

Your failings don't have to keep you down. They can inspire you to continue and succeed as you learn from your mistakes.

3. Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing yourself to others is a dangerous trap. It is easy to feel threatened or defeated when someone else excels at something you wish you were better at.

Appreciating the talents that others possess, while also accepting your strengths and weaknesses, will allow you to find inspiration in their journey rather than feeling threatened. Also, remember that you will never know their internal struggles. After all, they could be wrestling with their own personal inner critic.

4. Develop a Sense of Gratitude

Rather than dwelling on what you don't have or what you're not, work to appreciate what you have and who you are right now. Gratitude is a powerful tool. By focusing your mind on your blessings and learning to appreciate them, you can take the focus off your shortcomings that your inner critic likes to focus on.

5. Practice Mindfulness

It's not healthy to suppress your negative emotions, but it is also not helpful to dwell on them or exaggerate them. Mindfulness is the ability to view your pessimistic thoughts or feelings without judgment or labeling. You do not have to suppress them or deny that they are there. At any given moment, be aware of how you are feeling and acknowledge it, but then you must let it go so that you can move forward.

Reach out to Receive Help

If the voice of your self-critic is becoming too much and is rooted in other mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, then it may be time to seek professional help. Brookhaven Retreat offers women a safe environment where you can receive professional and discreet assistance for mental health issues. Admitting you need help doesn't mean accepting defeat. In fact, reaching out could be the beginning of a new chapter in developing self-compassion. Contact us today to find out more.

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 15:17

Tips for Overcoming Self-Doubt

Have you ever felt the nagging sensation that you are not good enough or that you cannot pursue a dream or goal? These thoughts and feelings can weigh you down and make day to day activities seem daunting.

However, there is hope. By taking the right steps, you can change your outlook on life and pursue your goals and dreams with new fervor, while conquering those feelings of self-doubt.

What Is Self-Doubt?

Self-doubt refers to a lack of self-assuredness or belief in yourself and your abilities. It is a feeling of negativity that can heavily impact your day-to-day life. This lack of confidence can prevent you from pursuing your goals and new opportunities while missing what life has to offer.

So how can you overcome self-doubt?

Tips for Overcoming Self-Doubt

1. Recognize the Voice

It is important to acknowledge the feelings of self-doubt in order to begin addressing these feelings. You cannot begin forming a plan on how to overcome an obstacle without knowing where to start. Recognizing self-doubt is one of the first steps to moving forward.

2. Positivity Begets Positivity

Self-doubt draws energy from negative emotions. Maintaining positive emotions is key. Surrounding yourself with people and things that you enjoy helps boost your positive energy levels. After some practice, maintaining an upbeat attitude will become second nature and help combat your feelings of self-doubt.

3. Focus on You

You are the person who matters. Put yourself first, and do not focus on what others are thinking. Having confidence in yourself naturally projects a confident persona to those around you. Feeling good about yourself starts with you!

4. Reach Out

Support systems are crucial for a well-rounded and positive self-image. If you are having feelings of self-doubt, reach out to those you trust for support. Just having someone listen to how you're feeling can be a good way to start coping with those negative thoughts and feelings.

These tips may not come easy at first and it will take time to implement these strategies and see a change, but just because you may encounter a setback does not mean that you should give up.

Seeking Help for Your Mental Health

Feel that you need more help? Where should you begin?

It is important to understand the cause of self-doubt. If you believe that your self-doubt may have deeper roots in a mental health disorder like anxiety or depression, then you may benefit from seeking professional help.

Developing a plan to begin this journey of moving forward may seem difficult, but you are not alone. Brookhaven Retreat is a women-only treatment center that provides customized treatment plans for women who need help healing from the effects of mental health or substance dependency issues. With beautiful facilities and welcoming staff members, we offer individualized and discreet treatment.

We understand that self-doubt can leave you feeling unsure and confused about which path to take, but we want to offer a positive support system for all women who are seeking a positive outlook for the future. Contact us today!

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