Why Do Highly Sensitive People Engage in Routines?

Why Do Highly Sensitive People Engage in Routines?

Although it may seem boring to the rest of us, highly sensitive people (HSP) tend to thrive when they follow a routine, which is actually a vital part of their survival strategy.

Have you ever noticed that some people need to follow a routine to stay grounded and productive? As baffling as it maybe for the rest of us to understand, a large percentage of our population is comprised of dedicated creatures of habit; they like to know exactly how their day will unravel and strive to stick to the same routine, day in and day out. This is especially true for highly sensitive people (HSP). Continue reading Why Do Highly Sensitive People Engage in Routines?

What The Beat of Your Heart Can Reveal About Your Mental Health

What The Beat of Your Heart Can Reveal About Your Mental Health

Research suggests high blood pressure is at the heart of rapid cognitive decline. So, there you have it.

We know that it’s extremely important to take care of our hearts. But most of us know this because we’ve been told, over and over again, that a staggering 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths annually! New research, however, indicates that high blood pressure can also significantly impact our mental health – so pay attention. Continue reading What The Beat of Your Heart Can Reveal About Your Mental Health

Dear Therapist: I Know You Can’t Help Me Unless I Sleep

Dear Therapist_I Know You Can’t Help Me Unless I Sleep

As a chronic insomniac, I can honestly tell you that getting enough sleep is crucial for anyone, but especially for those battling mental health disorders.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User  

I want you to look back on your life and think about your mood, behavior, and interactions with other people when you’ve had less than 5 hours of sleep. You were probably irritable, highly susceptible to engaging in conflict, and slow in you thinking but quick in your reactions to unpleasant stimuli. Now, imagine being sleep deprived, while also dealing with a mental disorder. Basically, not sleeping can exacerbate any mental condition, making it significantly worse in people who have trouble sleeping as opposed to those that don’t. Continue reading Dear Therapist: I Know You Can’t Help Me Unless I Sleep

People of Color, Ignore the Stigma and Get Therapy

People of Color, Ignore the Stigma and Get Therapy

If stigma successfully prevents us (people of color) from getting the help we need, unresolved mental health issues can decrease our quality of life, and, in some cases, may even decrease how long we get to live.

For many years, eradicating stigma surrounding mental health in people of color has been a challenge for a variety of reasons. So, to address the problem, Dior Varga, a feminist and mental health activist, recently created a campaign called thePeople of Color Mental Illness Photo Project”. It’s a pretty big deal, because one of the best ways to get rid of, or at least mitigate stigma surrounding a specific group of people is to have members of that group share personal stories about how the issue at hand affects them. Doing so can reduce their own isolation, and that of other people dealing with similar issues, because it allows them to see that there are others who relate. Continue reading People of Color, Ignore the Stigma and Get Therapy

How To Best Support A Survivor of Sexual Assault

How To Best Support A Survivor of Sexual Assault

It can take years for some sexual assault survivors to even acknowledge their experience. Now, putting yourself in their shoes, imagine how difficult it must be to make yourself vulnerable enough to share your experience with another person.

Experiencing sexual assault is one of the most difficult things to live through for anyone. It’s estimated that 1.7% of men and 19.3% of women have been raped in their lifetimes, and these statistics are only based on cases that have been reported. Researchers believe the actual numbers are much higher. In the event that you know someone who has experienced sexual assault, here are some suggestions on how to best support him or her.

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Does Social Media Have You In A Cage?

Does Social Media Have you in a Cage?

Participating on social media can help build new relationships or rekindle old ones, either way, it’s a great way to communicate with others – until it isn’t.

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At first, social media can make us feel closer to other people. We may feel a sense of community with the groups we engage in, and it can calm our anxieties about being all alone, or meet our human need to belong. It helps us feel “liked”.

But for some people, engaging in social media may stop feeling good after a certain point. What was originally supposed to be a convenient way to connect and bring about more social freedom to their relationships can start to feel like a cage where they are forced to check, click, or comment in order to get fed.

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Dear Therapist: Why Do Outsiders Keep Asking Me About MY Therapy?

Dear Therapist: Why Do Outsiders Keep Asking Me About MY Therapy?

In therapy, you’re whole world is open for discussion. But not to the real world.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

You talk about your struggles and insecurities, personal and familial history, as well as the hopes and dreams you hold for the future. That’s because all of these various factors make up who you are, and in therapy you’re the sole focus of attention. The problem with it is that sometimes it get’s to be too much. It’s very difficult to have to introspect, let alone do it on a regular basis, and it doesn’t stop there.

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Top 20 Movies with a Therapy Focus from Talkspace

Top 20 Movies with a Therapy Focus from Talkspace

Chatter about how movies portray counseling services has recently been on the rise among mental health professionals.

– by Eric Hoffman / Talkspace Customer Care Specialist

The recently released Inside Out is an animated motion picture that illustrates the inner thoughts of a young girl. It teaches us that emotions should be accepted and kept under control, rather than simply suppressed. Continue reading Top 20 Movies with a Therapy Focus from Talkspace

City Dwellers, Embrace the Healing Power of Nature

City Dwellers, Embrace the Healing Power of Nature

For whatever reason, it’s quite easy to forget that nature has the power to impact us in the same way any other living thing can.

Depending on who we are – hikers, bird-watchers, or devout city dwellers – a trip into the wilderness may present an opportunity to get in a hard workout, a glimpse at a rare breed of kingfisher or an attempt at an expedition where our survival skills (if any) are tested. Continue reading City Dwellers, Embrace the Healing Power of Nature