Combating challenging mental health periods

Dealing with difficult periods in regard to your mental health can be some of the greatest challenges life presents to us. You might not have experienced these symptoms before or you could be someone who is familiar with issues such as depression and anxiety, but that doesn’t make the battle any easier.

To help you get through a challenging moment, we are going to take a look at some of the recommended solutions. Before we get started, there are those who will suggest things such as stones for depression and healing jewelry. However, our focus is going to be on other methods that are suggested for mental health improvement.

Therapy

The first place to start is by making sure you explore the option of therapy. Now, this word can be quite loaded for a lot of people. The very thought of getting help for a mental health problem can actually be quite demoralizing and difficult to process. However, the reason this is the place we are starting is because of the changes to therapy over the past few decades and its varied approach to the individual.

Techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness have been demonstrated to assist people in ways that medication has not. With these talking therapies, you will be looking to address the cause and not just treating the symptom. CBT, in particular, focuses on changing the way you think through personal experiment. You are encouraged to take on tasks to address the negative or intrusive thought patterns that you experience based on the information you give your professional.

You should never be ashamed or reluctant to share your experience of mental health. Much like physical health, it is something that will happen to a large portion of society and the best thing we can do is get it treated. There are alternative therapies to the ones outlined above such as emotional support animal (ESA) that have been demonstrated to have a great help on people going through challenging periods.

If you are having trouble going to face to face therapy, consider an online therapist. Websites like BetterHelp allow you to remain anonymous through the entire process with your therapist.

Exercise

Something you may be recommended to do by a professional or just by reading about mental health is to get exercise. The reason for this may not have anything to do with your physical health or appearance, and will more than likely be suggested due to the positive impact of activity on your mind. Exercise releases two chemicals called endorphins and serotonin, that can have quite a profound effect on your mental health. Endorphins reduce pain by interacting with the receptors in your brain, helping to combat stress, while serotonin helps to regulate your mood, social behavior, appetite and sleep. A lack of serotonin has been proven to be linked to feelings of depression and anxiety.

So now you know why you should exercise, but what kind of exercise should you actually be doing? Well, the Mayo Clinic suggests that we should all be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week, so that might be a good place to start. Aerobic exercise is anything that works your cardiovascular functions such as a brisk walk, running, cycling and swimming. These are some of the areas of activity that you might consider starting with to assist yourself in combating feelings of depression or anxiety.  

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