There are lifestyle strategies that support mental health. Take the Quiz to see if your emotion regulators are in need of a tune up.
Sometimes due to current circumstances or past history we become vulnerable to low self esteem or a heightened need to maintain control in our lives. These will often manifest themselves as low energy, depressive symptoms such as: sadness, low motivation, fatigue, poor concentration, tearful, irritability, excessive or interrupted sleep. Sometimes we will also experience high energy, anxious symptoms such as: worry, tightness in the body like headaches, jaw clenching, panic sensations, racing thoughts, interrupted sleep, irritability and anger, and difficulty with concentration or problem solving. We will often notice that our thinking changes. Thinking styles in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are known as cognitive distortions or cognitive constructions. Depending on how long we’ve been coping with things, ineffective thoughts can become so ingrained that we barely notice that they are driving many of our actions and behaviors. Deciphering what some of our past or present circumstances mean to us through use of various therapeutic models helps someone understand the contributing factors that support mood and other stressful ways of interacting with our loved ones.
Frequently people ask, Should I go on a medication or not? Changes in lifestyle, communication and getting informed about mood difficulties can help you answer that question and support you in having an effective conversation with your doctor.