Top reasons to make your mental health a priority this summer

Some people like to “take a break” from therapy over the summer. Unfortunately, stressors can be at their peak in the summer. Those whose time and energy is in demand such as parents/ guardians, caretakers and employees in certain career fields can be especially stressed during this time of year. Living at home and lack of structure can be challenging for students. In addition, summer can trigger anniversaries of grief/ loss and traumatic events.

Diaphragmatic “Belly” Breathing

A basic yet effective self-soothing technique for anxiety and trauma-related responses is diaphragmatic-breathing. This technique is otherwise known as “belly breathing” due to engaging the diaphragm (a large muscle which is at the base of the lungs).

Healing from Collective, Historical, and Inter-generational Traumas

Seeking out the voices from individuals who research, work with, and live in marginalized, and underserved communities helps provide a model for healing from trauma that is more representative to needs of those who are impacted by collective, historical, and/or inter-generational trauma.

Why is it so Hard to Trust Myself?

There are many factors that can impact difficulty trusting-yourself. Being true to yourself in the choices that you make can be hard, especially when there is fear of judgement and the need for others’ approval. You may fear things like disappointing others, making the wrong choice, or regretting your decision later.

Strategies to Take Care of Your Mind + Body: Get Outside

Did you know that 20 minutes a day spent outside can provide some awesome health benefits?

Mind + Body: Hormones

Since there is often overlap between mental health and medical symptoms, it is recommended to consult with medical and mental health professionals on options for care.

Peripartum Depression

A new baby brings a lot of change. While change can be fun and exciting, it can also feel overwhelming. Arrival of a baby can trigger feelings of doubt as a parent and fear of being able to provide for the baby’s needs.

High Functioning Depression “I’m Good”

“How are you doing?” “Fine” “I’ve noticed a change recently.” “I’m good”. This is a rather typical response from those who seem to be functioning just fine. They go to work or school consistently, join in on social outing and appear to be successful in their accomplishments. They may use things like exercise, hobbies, substance use, or sex to cope.

The Pandemic has led to an increase in OCD

A worsening of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was found to be a high as 65% according to a November 2021 meta-analysis of 21 studies published in Neuroscience & Behavioral Reviews.

Examples of OCD Behaviors

Obsessions are unwanted and distressing thoughts, urges or images. They are not pleasurable or voluntary. In fact, the nature of the thoughts may contradict one’s personality or values which only contributes to the distress. Obsessive thoughts, urges, or images repeatedly enter one’s mind and are experienced as intrusive