|Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can go through, and it can be especially painful during the holidays. When traditions are done without those you are used to experiencing them with, even the most anticipated of holiday festivities can feel empty and even painful, especially if the loss was unexpected.
|If you are spending time with family and friends this holiday season, you may be feeling apprehensive about the amount of socializing you are about to engage in, especially if you have many events planned. It can be overwhelming to receive multiple invites for family dinners, work parties, and gatherings with friends, so it can help to feel more prepared with effective ways to communicate with others.
|Given the prevalence of individuals who experience mental health concerns is approximately 1 in 5 in America, including 1 in 25 adults who are living with a serious mental illness, it is easy to see that having support for mental health concerns is very important.
|The work of a helping professional can be tough and, often times, self-sacrificing, especially for the helpers own emotions. After sharing my occupation as a therapist I have often heard someone exclaim 'I don't know how you do that work.. it must be difficult to listen to so many people and hear their stories of suffering and pain!'.
|As previously shared on the blog, eating disorders are extremely serious, yet treatable, mental health disorders "that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group". An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in the USA will experience an eating disorder during their lifetime.
|Because of the internet and social media influence, there is even more attention and consideration for our mental health nowadays. Allowing yourself time to attend to your mental health is now met with support and appreciation because people are aware, now more than ever, that a good mental health leads to productivity and ultimately a happier outlook in life.
|There is no mystery that many changes can occur for parents and a family after the introduction of a new baby into the household. These changes can range from new financial responsibilities, learning how to soothe and care for a new family member, as well as juggling getting enough sleep and rest in between changes and feedings.
|Self-improvement can generally be considered as an ongoing process that an individual experiences throughout life, since we are constantly encountering new experiences or challenging obstacles and hurdles to surpass in our career, relationships, and mental health. Not to mention countless other hardships that can spring up without warning throughout life.
|Mindset is a psychological concept discovered and researched by Carol Dweck, a researcher and professor at Standford University, following decades of research on achievement and success.
|In this fifth and final article in a series focusing on eating disorders we will explore the treatment and support options that can help an individual diagnosed with an eating disorder to work towards recovery. We will also discuss the common occurrence of relapse during this process.