Everybody needs to think about their mental health to some degree. Even if you are mostly happy, you will still find there are challenges that arise that might indicate some ways in which you need to look at how you think about your own mind. Most of us will run into some crisis at some point or another, and it’s good if at that time you actually have the necessary tools to deal with it. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the simple ways to help improve your mental health, so that you can live a much happier and healthier life.
Take Care Of The Body
The mind and body are really two sides of the same coin, and as long as you are looking after one you are probably also looking after the other. So if you want to take care of your mental health, one way to do so would be to take care of your physical health first. If you aren’t already, consider starting up a physical exercise regime which you can follow and get fit by, and make sure that you are eating a healthy diet. You will find that these things are really going to make a huge difference to your mental health in no time.
Consider Alternative Treatments
There are a range of treatments which you might want to try if you are going to make sure that you are keeping your mental health as strong as possible. Some of these are pretty straightforward and unlikely to cause you any harm, and those are the ones to go for. Taking CBD oil under the tongue thrice daily is one that a lot of people are doing at the moment, and it looks as though a lot of people are reporting lower anxiety and eased depression as a result of it. You might want to look into something like that - but be sure to look up the differences between hemp oil vs CBD oil, as they are not the same thing!
Be More Mindful
No matter what it is that goes through your mind all day, you are going to be in a better position to deal with it if you are first completely clear and honest about what it is. Only by being aware of what your mind does all day can you really get to the bottom of your own mental health, so this is something to be aware of too. This essentially just means that you need to be more mindful as you go about your daily life, a practice which many people follow and which can make a huge difference to your life in no time, especially your mental health.
If you allow stress to linger, it has an unwanted effect on your body and mind, so make sure that you are managing stress as best as you can if you want to look after your mind properly. It is always better to process stress rather than leave it to fester.
Knowing this, where do we go from there?
This information creates awareness for mental/brain health disorders. But we also need solutions that aid our teens and young adults, especially in the unfiltered modern world we live in.
Suicide rates have been growing way before COVID-19 and yet the stigma is still very much alive. A lot of us are creating mental health awareness content and developing material we hope most find helpful and comfort in. Unfortunately, many also don't have the platform a well-known artist does. However, few celebrities like Glen Close with BC2M (Bring Change to Mind) and Jameela Jamil with I Weigh are ones that are not only shining a light on the issue, they're acting on it. But truth is, they can't do it alone. We need more people with a platform to help end the stigma and offer a way out of the darkness many humans are experiencing, including but not limited to teens and young adults.
This is where Mary Albertoli comes in. She's here to contribute and work against the stigma by facilitating the conversations we need to have in an open platform. A clinical social worker who has worked with children and adolescents for 11 years, in both individual and group settings with depression, PTSD, and suicidal and homicidal ideation. Albertoli, who has a Master's degree in social work from Columbia University, understands that it is only through effective conversations about ourselves and with each other that real growth and change takes place.
"There's so much stigma around mental health, but the truth is not one of us is alone in struggling with something"
"Our goal is to provide a relatable and even fun format for young people to engage in discussions they might otherwise avoid, often because of not knowing how to begin," says Isern. Maureen Isern is a social impact strategist, brand manager, and seasoned digital content producer with a 20-year track record working across new categories and start-up environments.
Q & A with Mary Albertoli
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MA: I am grateful for the amazing people in my life that I can authentically communicate with, my health and, the amazing team on The Shift.
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Life isn’t always easy. While there are times when it feels like we’re on top of the world, at others, it can feel as if we're at the bottom of a ditch. And the thing about these low moments is that they can come from nowhere; even if everything seems to be well in our lives, it’s not always possible to be in a cheery mood. The first thing is to recognize that it’s normal to feel this way, and that there are many other people in the same position. The one upside of the prevalence of mental health conditions is that researchers have learned a lot about the things we can do to get ourselves in a mentally healthy state of mind.
We take a look at a few of these solutions below.
Nature is amazing; it’s just that most of us live in cities, where nature is limited or non-existent. It really is worthwhile looking at taking regular trips into the outdoors, since studies have shown that just fifteen minutes of nature is enough to give our brain a boost. And if you spend two hours in nature each week, you’ll significantly boost happiness and reduce your anxiety levels, too.
Do Something For Others
Finally, remember that sometimes, we have to avoid digging ourselves into a negative state of mind. One of the best ways to do this is to do something for others. Studies have shown that volunteering and random acts of kindness can have a tremendous effect on our confidence, self-worth, and happiness levels, so look at making it part of your schedule.
Think of the butterfly whose name is Painted Lady. She lives a short and colorful life. Listen to our poem, Live.
Remember, life will be filled of ups and downs. While some lows are harder than others, one thing is for sure, you can and you will make it through.
We see you. We hear you. We get you. You are not alone.
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Mysteries of Liz Diaz
Listen to Mysteries of Liz Diaz: Introduction
It wasn't real
Your smiles and conversations
I was the giver
You were the taker
That strength, courage, decisions unquestioned
I followed you with admiration
Qualities I’d been searching to acquire
You had the answer
I invited you in
I chose you
The surface I created, alluring
Beneath was undeniable
Gauze peeled off:
Insecurities, envy, competition
Product of my own delusion
To live in a world ignorant of egoism
Fiction of my creation
All in my mind
How foolish was I
Dark, dry, and sour
I see your true colors.
Excerpt From: Jessica G. Ferrer. “Words, Compilated.” Jessica Gonzalez Ferrer, 2019. Apple Books. Download the free iBook here: https://books.apple.com/us/book/words-compilated/id1458905696
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From the iBook, 'Words, Complilated'
Excerpt From: Jessica G. Ferrer. “Words, Compilated.” Jessica Gonzalez Ferrer, 2019. Apple Books. Dowload your free copy: https://books.apple.com/us/book/words-compilated/id1458905696
IN A WORLD WHERE THERE IS HATE, THERE IS ALSO LOVE. SO LOVE. LOVE MORE.
Today Jenna has some really great friends who love her dearly and don't take her for granted.
Share if you believe. Thank you for your support. We wish you kindness, love, and joy.
by Liz Diaz
Sometimes we need a break from the constant noise of being a person - so we seek more noise from other places instead. To be relaxed, happy and moderately successful, is all about finding the right balance between work and play, and who better to find this balance with than your best gal pals?
Mix it up a bit and do something else this weekend than hitting the usual bar; here is a handful of fun ideas to give you energy for the week ahead.
A FRIEND OF YORK SHARES INSIGHT...
What are some characteristics you remember dearly of her?
Always immaculate and very glamorous!
What was your friendship like?
Lovely. She mentored me. Giving me guidance with the do's and don'ts of Hollywood.
What did she pass on to you as an actress?
She gave me lots of tips. Not so much a teaching method, but tips about Marilyn. She did meet her [Marilyn] and was able to help me with the voice and some of her mannerisms off screen.
What about her did you find most appealing?
I loved her drive to the very end! She was the ultimate Hollywood glam! She was also very funny and that never changed, even when she was sick.
Any stories you hold of the two of you?
We were at our mutual friend Pepper Jay's birthday and sang happy birthday to her together as Marilyn.
Would you agree she enjoyed playing the villain, given that many memorable roles she plays the villainess?
Oh yes, she loved that role! Fun! She didn't say too much about it, but I know she loved it.
If you could describe her in one word, what would you say?
Glamorous. A wonderful Hollywood actress and a dear friend to many.
by Jessica Gonzalez Ferrer