In 2017 I Am Making My New Year’s Resolutions About Mental Health

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2016 was not the best year for most people I know, myself included. One of the few good things that’s happened this year is that — after years of convincing myself not to — I finally made a commitment to see a therapist.

After some discussions with my therapist, I decided to avoid making concrete New Years resolutions I can’t keep. No, I’m not going to cut cheese from my diet. I’m most likely not going to make full use of that gym membership I’ve been eyeing.

And that’s OK. Struggling for perfection is stifling and utterly exhausting.

Instead I decided to focus on mental health resolutions I can actually keep. I’m hoping they will make 2017 a happier and less stressful year. Continue reading In 2017 I Am Making My New Year’s Resolutions About Mental Health

4 Mental Health Resolutions: Try Something Different This New Year

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Now that the new year has started, many of us are deciding on some of the classic New Year’s resolutions: weight loss, eating healthier, getting in shape, etc. These can be great goals.

They only focus on physical health, though. What about mental health? Continue reading 4 Mental Health Resolutions: Try Something Different This New Year

The Mental Health Issues People Living with HIV Deal With

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Being diagnosed with HIV is no longer the end of a life. For those with access to appropriate treatment, being HIV positive is the beginning of a life with different challenges.

As a psychotherapist, I have seen how these challenges affect the mental health of those who live with HIV. Using my experience, I outlined the mental health issues these people tend to deal with. By learning about them, you can — if you live with HIV — improve your mental health or more effectively support people who live with HIV. Continue reading The Mental Health Issues People Living with HIV Deal With

5 Therapist-Approved Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Work Day

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Most people spend more waking hours at work than they do with their friends and family. It’s an unfortunate reality in which most of us live. Because we’re stuck at work so much, it can be hard to find ways to make every day productive and enjoyable.

Being riddled with deadlines, dealing with co-workers and battling through work-related stress can be difficult to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to feel better at work. Here are some straightforward tips to help you make the most of your time at work so you can make the most of your time at home, too. As a therapist, I have coached my clients on these strategies and seen great results. Continue reading 5 Therapist-Approved Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Work Day

Healthy Wedding Planning: Managing Life Before and Happily Ever After

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You’ve most likely seen the movies that make fun of wedding planners for being over the top. Maybe you’ve watched shows about Bridezillas who have lost touch with reality. And there’s a good chance you’ve read a few articles that said you can easily reduce stress if you follow “10 steps” while planning your wedding reception.

While most of the aforementioned are well-intended, the majority miss the big picture of successful wedding planning and fail to acknowledge the long-term mental health benefits of prioritizing and being disciplined during this incredible experience.

Energy and expectation management along with work and life integration extends far beyond the days leading up to the wedding, the wedding reception itself and the honeymoon. Consider the following guidance if you are interested in achieving fulfillment on a consistent basis, not only for a single chapter of your life. Continue reading Healthy Wedding Planning: Managing Life Before and Happily Ever After

Keep Calm and Marry On: Wedding Planning’s Impact on Mental Health

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He or she popped the question, and now you are on your way to happily ever after! Time to have fun registering for gifts, picking out wedding colors, and telling the world how happy and excited you are to have your fairytale wedding.

But wait. Continue reading Keep Calm and Marry On: Wedding Planning’s Impact on Mental Health

Can You Literally Lift Your Way Out of Depression? — An Interview with Top NYC Trainer Christine Coen

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Imagine literally lifting your way out of mental illness, pushing away depression with every weight and movement. After struggling for years, New York-based trainer, dietician and mental health blogger Christine Coen realized this approach would save her.

To explore the intersection of fitness and mental health and inspire people with her story, Talkspace interviewed Coen. Keep reading to learn how she used fitness and healthy eating to boost her mental health. Continue reading Can You Literally Lift Your Way Out of Depression? — An Interview with Top NYC Trainer Christine Coen

What About Psychological Fitness?

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We hear a lot about physical fitness. Every town has at least one gym. You see people jogging around, and television infomercials are filled with the latest workout program or gadget to help you get into shape. There is no question that physical fitness is important.

But what about psychological fitness? Continue reading What About Psychological Fitness?

5 Ways Exercise Is Great for Your Mental Health

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Taking care of our mental health requires a 360-degree approach to our overall wellness. It’s important to look at everything you can do to feel well and healthy.

“Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant” – Bill Phillips, Author and Entrepreneur

Here are the top five benefits of exercise that will have you lacing up your sneakers before you read the final sentence. Continue reading 5 Ways Exercise Is Great for Your Mental Health

Try Doing Nothing This Holiday: It’s Great for Your Mental Health

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Planning to do anything — even something fun and relaxing for the holidays — takes work and sometimes causes stress. Then you might want a vacation from the vacation.

Spending at least a day doing nothing is essential to having a restful holiday where your mind and body power down. But that’s only the beginning of why making time to do nothing over the holidays is great for your mental health.

Then there’s learning how you will actually do it and grappling with the definition of “nothing.” We’re aware of the irony of spending time strategizing how you will do nothing, but a quick read will be worth the reward. Continue reading Try Doing Nothing This Holiday: It’s Great for Your Mental Health