Taking care of your mental health one day at a time

 

Anxiety

Anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. By knowing the difference between normal feelings of anxiety and an anxiety disorder requiring medical attention can help a person identify and treat the condition, however feelings of anxiety are sometimes necessary for survival, since the earliest days of humanity, the approach of predators and incoming danger sets off alarms in the body and allows evasive action. These alarms become noticeable in the form of a raised heartbeat, sweating, and increased sensitivity to surroundings, this in turn causes a rush of adrenalin, a hormone and chemical messenger in the brain, which triggers these anxious reactions in a process called the “fight-or-flight’ response. This prepares humans to physically confront or flee any potential threats to safety.  When we don't discard of these chemicals like animals would do in the wild, these chemicals stay in our body and linger and it keeps the person in a constant state of fear and the body is in constant alert while drip feeding the body with chemicals on a continuous bases.

Guided tools and techniques can be applied to lower anxiety and the 2am panic attack, and to manage future circumstances and situations that bring on anxiety in order to live a healthy fulfilling life.

Stressed Man
 

Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is different from the mood fluctuations that people regularly experience as a part of life.

Counselling is effective for most people with depression. Your primary care doctor or psychiatrist can prescribe medications to relieve symptoms. However, many people with depression also benefit from seeing a  mental health professional. 

 

Counselling is a general term for treating depression by talking about your condition and related issues with a mental health professional. It is also known as talk therapy or psychological therapy.

Different types of techniques can be effective for depression, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy.

Woman in anxiety therapy for better mental health
 

Trauma

Trauma is the experience of severe psychological distress following any life-threatening event. People may develop emotional disturbances such as extreme anxiety, anger, sadness, survivor’s guilt or PTSD. They may experience ongoing problems with sleep or physical pain, encounter turbulence in their personal and professional relationships, and feel a diminished sense of self worth, due to the overwealming amount of stress.

Although the actual event may overpower the coping resources available at the time, there are still healthy ways of coping with the experience and diminishing the effects. Research on trauma identifies several healthy ways of coping, such as avoiding alchohol and drugs, exercising, sleeping and self care amongst others. Therapeutic interventions are also helpful in this regard in order to move beyond previous trauma.

Woman in trauma therapy and mental health
 

Relationships

During Covid a number of relationships were tested, either personally, or through family or business relationships. When stress, criticism  stonewalling, contempt enters any relationship, it has the potential to create distance, disagreements and disconnection between you and your partner, colleague or business interactions. This has an unhealthy impact on the individual and those around teveryone. Becoming aware of the triggers and reactions will allow for a conscious change.

Relationship therapy and mental health
 

Couples Therapy

Problems in the relationships can cause a number of physical ailments such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke. It is after all the place of love which gets hurt the most, intimacy and sexual health is also effected and could cause ailments such as eating disorders, menstrual problems, sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and premature ejaculation in men and loss of sexual desire in both men and women, with potential extramarital affairs, addictions, and or somatic ailments.

 

If you are anywhere with the following taking place in your relationship, it is time to re-group and change how you and your partner are showing up in the relationship.

  • Resentment.  

  • Disrespect.  

  • Dishonesty

  • Mistrust

  • Distancing

  • Defensiveness

  • Contempt

​Lastly if you are in an abusive relationship, then there are options to start taking back your power.  No person or animal needs to be the punching bag of another. There are always options to get out, even if it feels like you are alone in it, and have no one to turn to. 

Couples therapy and mental health
 

Adolescent Therapy

Teenagers face real concerns, between 13 and 19 years of age, with their prefrontal cortex which is still developing, and daily basis facing the ego, the subconscious and this new world. This is ultimately the most awkward growth stage of their lives and exposed to some overwhelming external and internal struggles while going through hormonal changes, brain changes and having to face social, society and parental, work and school pressures on a daily basis.  Some young adolescents are dealing with blended families due to previous divorce or previous trauma which plays out in personal relationships.

 

Many teens feel misunderstood, and so it it vital that their feelings and thoughts are validated, while this is usually done by association with their peers, their growth and development requires some stability from their parents or their caregivers, as parents their is a need to adjust to the ever changing teen or adolescent, and the approach to the children. Some relationships have to constantly be redefined with new rules and boundaries.   However some approaches may confuses the child with results which get validated through money instead of love, or pressure to perform as a projection from the parent, the child needs a constant greater understanding of the world in building resilience and learning coping mechanisms. 

Some behaviours in children may come through

  • Cyber Addiction

  • Underage drinking, drugs

  • Teen Pregnancy

  • Underage Sex

  • Defiant Behaviors

  • Peer-Pressure and Competition

  • Difficult relationships with peers

Teenagers in therapy for better mental health

Life Coaching

Life coaching offers support and advice on a variety of professional and personal matters. Assisting in growing by examining current circumstances, identifying limiting beliefs and other potential challenges and obstacles, and developing a personalised plan of action to help reach particular life goals.

Life coaching support and assistance include:

  • Business coaching

  • Personal improvement coaching

  • Family and relationship coaching

  • Weight loss and fitness coaching

  • Career 

  • Executive

  • Online Coaching Services

  • Retailing of Self-help Books and Materials

 

Our nebulous thoughts take shape and become workable ideas when we share them with others and allow our collaborators to lend us the power of their natural gifts. Though we may enjoy musing upon those notions that intrigue us or spark our fancies, there are many instances in life in which we discover we are ill-equipped to take these thoughts further. 

 

When we share our ideas with people who we esteem and respect, they can provide us with valuable input that enables us to see our thoughts in a new way. This shift in perspective gives us the mental flexibility we need as a team to mould and refine our original, imprecise ideas into something more. Talking to others about your thoughts today will help you clarify and purify your ideas.

 
Taking Notes