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Brookhaven Retreat shares tips on how to boost your self-esteem and encourage yourself:
1. Be Nice to Yourself
Be aware of your beliefs and thoughts. Stop telling yourself negative things and replace them with positive words of affirmation.
Exercise is a wonderful way to boost your self-esteem. It helps you set goals and build confidence as you reach your goals. Exercise also helps the body release endorphins.
3. Focus on You
Stop comparing yourself to everyone else around you. Focus on your accomplishments and your achievements. Don’t place pressure on yourself to measure up to someone else. BE YOU!
4. Be Your Best Version
Remember nobody is perfect. Achieving perfection is not the goal. Being a better version of yourself is the goal. Work on improving the things in your life that you want to and build a life worth living.
5. Forgive Yourself
Everyone makes mistakes. Give yourself compassion and forgiveness.
6. Protect Yourself
Avoid triggers that make you feel negative about yourself. Surround yourself with a great support system who lifts you up instead of putting you down.
Cognitive Distortions that can destroy our self-esteem and cause negative self-talk. Examples include:
- All or Nothing Thinking: Polarized thinking, black and white categories, thinking in absolutes. (e.g. If I fail at something once, then I cannot do it at all, or the world is completely safe or totally dangerous.) Things have to be perfect or not at all. There is no middle ground. Things are placed in either/or categories with variations to allow for the complexity o! people and situations.
- Over Generalization: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern. (e.g. I was a victim once, I will always be a victim.) A general conclusion is reached based on a single event or piece of evidence. (e.g. If I fail at something once, then I cannot do it, and am a failure altogether.) Using a failure at one specific task to define their self and identity.
- Mental Filter: You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively, while disregarding all the positive aspects of a situation. You do not see the whole picture.
- Disqualifying the Positive: By rejecting positive experiences because they “don’t count,” you maintain a negative belief despite your everyday experiences.
- Jumping to Conclusions: A negative interpretation even though there are not definite facts that convincingly support your conclusion. We think that without talking to someone we know what they are thinking, feeling, and why they act the way they do. (e.g. You believe someone has negative feelings toward you without finding out if they are correct.)
- Mind Reading: You arbitrarily conclude that somebody is reacting negatively to you, and you don’t bother to check this out.
Mental health means different things to different people. Most think of it as their psychological or emotional well-being. Others believe that mental health means the absence of a mental disorder. However you view mental health, in recent years, most people have become aware of how important good mental health is at every stage of life, from small children to teenagers to adults.
What Does Mental Health Mean?
Mental health is not just the absence of a psychological disorder. It encompasses so much more than that. Essentially, mental health is your emotional, psychological, behavioral, intellectual and social well-being. It impacts every part of your life, including how you:
- Relate to others
- Make choices
Mental health is about finding stability, both within yourself and with your surrounding environment. Those with good mental health can balance their personal, social and work lives as well as understand their unique abilities. When you have positive mental health, you can:
- Feel at peace with yourself
- Cope with normal stress that crops up every day
- Work productively and fruitfully
- Make contributions to your friends, family and community
- Enjoy life
What Contributes to Mental Health?
Mental health affects almost every aspect of daily life, including your relationships and even your physical health. If you don't safeguard your mental health, mental illnesses, like anxiety, depression or other issues, can develop. Unfortunately, the number of people struggling with these mental health problems is on the rise.
It's important to realize how important good mental health is, no matter your age. However, you may be wondering how to improve your overall mental health and develop emotional and psychological resilience.
There are quite a few factors that can impact your mental health and could play a role in the development of psychological, emotional or social problems:
- Level of activity: Exercise does more than keep your body fit — it can also protect your mental health. Even a short walk has been shown to improve a person's overall mood. Those who don't keep active are more prone to depression and anxiety.
- Smoking: Even though quitting is difficult and may cause you anxiety, the benefits of giving up tobacco are incredible. When you smoke cigarettes, you take in a slew of toxins that can contribute to mood problems.
- Diet: Eating foods with low nutritional value can undermine your mental health. Foods that contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, like fish and avocados, however, can actually boost your mood.
- Abuse: If you have an unhealthy home life where you endure physical, mental or verbal abuse, it's nearly impossible to achieve sound mental health.
- Relationships: Positive family bonds, close friendships and even healthy romantic relationships all contribute to better mental health. These close-knit ties reduce anxiety, boost your mood and can help balance out neurotic personality traits.
- Sleep: Healthy sleep patterns are like a reset button for your mental health. The importance of regular sleep cannot be underestimated. Not only does sleep contribute to good mental health, but it can also help you get better if you are struggling with illness.
Allow Brookhaven Retreat to Contribute to Your Positive Mental Health
There's no replacement for good mental health. If you're struggling with a mental health issue or you're finding it difficult to keep a positive outlook, then you may need a mental health ally. Brookhaven Retreat offers women a place where they can receive help from a compassionate team of mental health professionals. We invite you to contact us today to find out more about our beautiful and peaceful mental health treatment facility located in the tranquil Tennessee foothills.
If you struggle with the “winter blues” every year, and you find it difficult to get through this seasonal funk, you may actually have a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. This subtype of depression relates to the changes in season and begins and ends at about the same time each year.
Many with SAD find themselves dealing with depressive feelings starting in the fall. As the cold weather months continue, you may feel moodier or lack the energy to do the things you enjoy. The symptoms of SAD are similar to those who have other forms of depression. The cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder is unknown. However, most believe it may have something to do with decreased sunlight or an imbalance of serotonin and melatonin levels in the body.
SAD Facts and Statistics
Those with SAD may find it comforting to know they are not alone in their seasonal depression. Here are some of the facts and statistics related to Seasonal Affective Disorder:
- Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a separate condition. It’s a type of depression with a recurring seasonal pattern.
- To receive a SAD diagnosis, you must meet similar criteria for major depression which coincides with specific seasons for two years or longer. In addition, your seasonal depression should be more frequent than any non-seasonal depression experienced.
- In the U.S. alone, about five percent of the population experiences symptoms associated with SAD.
- About 10 to 20 percent of the population may unknowingly have a mild form of SAD.
- Depending on your geographical region, the prevalence of SAD ranges anywhere from zero to 10 percent of the population.
- Although less common, some people experience symptoms during the opposite seasons — beginning in the spring and continuing into summer.
- Four out of five of the patients with SAD are women.
- Most people begin experiencing SAD symptoms between the ages of 20 and 30. However, seasonal depression can appear earlier.
- Research shows that the further someone is from the equator, the higher the risk is for developing Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- If you have a blood relative with SAD or another psychiatric disorder you may be more at risk of developing the condition.
- Fifty-five percent of SAD patients report a close relative with a depressive disorder, and 34 percent have a relative who abuses alcohol.
- About six percent of those with the disorder require hospitalization.
- Although treatment recommendations are similar to other depressive disorders, SAD can also be treated with light therapy which consists of daily exposure to artificial, high-intensity light.
Get Help to Overcome SAD This Winter
Don’t just brush off the “winter blues” or feel like you have to tough it out on your own. If you need help overcoming SAD, Brookhaven Retreat is here to offer women who are experiencing mental health disorders a place of compassionate support. Whether you’re struggling with SAD or another mental health disorder, we are here for you.
Contact us today to find out about our mental health treatment center for women located in the serene Tennessee foothills.
As the Beatles so wisely wrote “All you need is love, love is all you need.” In the month of February, we celebrate love; but some people who aren’t living loved feel less than, left out and lonely during this month and many others. How do we live loved?
You must first show yourself some love. You can’t hand out what you don’t have yourself. There are endless ways to show self-love. Slow down, take a nature walk, read a book, get a massage, take a bath, journal and make time for getting together with a friend. These are a few ways you can show yourself love; but you also must reflect on what you love about yourself too. This may require talking to a counselor to help you reflect on things you truly love about yourself and unroot some deep feelings about things you may not love about yourself and why. At the end of the day, though, all you need is love.
While self-love is number one on the love list, giving the gift of love to others will always make you feel good about yourself. Love starts with the small things. Acts of kindness and love rank at the top of the list for inducing self-happiness. Showing others a little love goes a long way – for them and for you! Ways to love on your people include taking a coffee to someone during their busy day, leaving a kind note for a friend or loved one, showing up at a friend’s house or bringing over a meal when they are feeling down. Giving your love away can be the greatest gift of all!
So, this February, show yourself a little love first and then come up with some random acts of kindness for others so that you may live loved in 2019. After all, love is all you need.