Let’s face it. The holidays are all about excess. Lights, colors, gifts, travel, parties, food, drink, and celebration. Sometimes there is an unspoken pressure on those in recovery, or just non-drinkers in general, to join the fun by imbibing with the crowd, as if they cannot possibly be having fun without it. This is one of the reasons why the holidays are difficult for people with addictions.
Review Your Triggers
As part of your recovery, you have probably already identified and discussed your triggers with counselors, medical professionals, and perhaps even in group sessions. When dealing with addictions during the... Continue reading →
Self-care is such a misunderstood concept. If you’re an introvert, you may be used to being misunderstood as well, but the fact is that you need self-care to truly thrive — and even survive — in life. Self-care is the most effective way to reduce stress in your life and reduce stress-related issues that can impact your quality of life and your overall health. It can also help introverts recharge after social situations. Below are some of the best ways that you can begin incorporating more self-care into your regular health and wellness habits.
Find a Fitness Routine That Will Provide Some Alone Time
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Dreaming about retirement is a common dream for many people. Retirement is generally seen as the part of your life that you’ll be able to do all the things you’ve wanted to. However, this dream isn’t shared by all.
With many baby boomers reaching retirement, an alarming number of this generation is beginning to struggle with retirement depression with one in every seven boomers currently being treated for depression. The number of baby boomers with depression is estimated to... Continue reading →
Suicide is a tragedy that touches many lives and leaves people with a lot of unanswered questions. People who have lost a loved one to suicide often think back on what they might have missed, what warning signs they could have seen, or what behavioral healthcare they might have sought. While there are many different causes and reasons behind suicide, there are common warning signs that can help people know more about how to prevent suicides.
Recognizing common warning signs of suicidal thoughts... Continue reading →
There’s something special about running a race, organizing an event, or participating in a fundraiser associated with a cause. To invite and foster more unity at such events, it’s become a common practice to include colored ribbons for participants and volunteers to wear.
The history of awareness ribbons is believed to have started as far back as medieval times when female spectators would give jousting knights a ribbon as a token of their affection or support. Today’s modern age sees awareness ribbons in all... Continue reading →
Worldwide, 7.9 million people have co-occurring conditions; they struggle with both a substance abuse problem as well as a mental health disorder. At Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, we recognize this complex situation and have treatments designed to treat them together, rather than as separate issues.
What Is Chemical Dependency?
You can be a substance user without being chemically dependent, but, according to the... Continue reading →
Most people equate Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, with autumn and winter when the sky is grey and the weather is cold. It is even referred to as the “winter blues.” But there is another, less common type of seasonal affective disorder that rears its ugly head in the spring and summer seasons.
This form of SAD disorder is called summer depression and it may have something to do with the changes in the amount of sunlight the body is soaking up or even the fact that your normal routine has been disrupted by school ending. Here are four tips on how to cope during a time of the year when... Continue reading →
Physical fitness and good mental health are the yin and yang of a healthy and abundant life. During Mental Health Awareness Month 2018, Mental Health America stressed the fitness part of this equation and started the #4Mind4Body campaign. In 2019, they are expanding the dialogue to include more ideas for achieving a sound and stable mental state.
What Is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Mental Health Awareness Month was first held in May of 1949 by Mental Health America and has been going strong since. According to the... Continue reading →
Stress is everywhere, and it affects everyone at some point. In 1992, April was established as National Stress Awareness Month to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach how to fight stress, and create methods to overcome stress. In this 27th year of the observation of National Stress Awareness Month, try these 5 ways you can help fight stress.
Understanding Stress and Its Effects
Experiencing stress in and of itself is not harmful, but when stress is prolonged, extreme, or constant, it can lead to health issues, both physical and mental. Stress can raise your blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels, leading to fatigue, digestive health issues, and... Continue reading →
In society today, it’s widely accepted that if you are suffering from a physical health condition, you should visit a medical professional who specializes in the proper treatment for said condition. For example, if you are suffering from any sort of digestive problem, you should visit a gastroenterologist.
Unfortunately, it is not widely accepted in our society that if you are suffering from mental health conditions, then you should see a medical health professional. This is a serious issue, considering that one in... Continue reading →