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Journal Prompts: Releasing Stress and Anxiety

Have you ever tried journaling? Chances are, you’ve likely tried to journal in some way - be it tracking your mood, keeping a daily log, or writing about your dreams - at some point in time. However, did you know consistent journaling has several mental health benefits?   Studies have shown that just 15 minutes a day, three days a week has decreased signs of anxiety and depression in as little as three months. Not only does journaling reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, it can also increase awareness - another great skill we talked about in last week’s blog.   If you want to start journaling but have no clue where to begin, try out these 10 journals prompts to release anxiety and stress.   Name a time you didn’t feel anxious. Where were you? What were you doing? Who were you with? Take a silent moment to check in with your body. Where are...

Have Anxiety? Start Meditating!

When you hear “meditation,” what do you think of? Do you picture a wise, old sage, cross-legged with eyes closed? Or do you picture yoga retreats with incense burning? Maybe you have your own frustrations with meditation and are picturing nodding off, battling with concentration, and trying to resist a scratch that you didn’t notice until you started meditating. In all your imagination about meditation, do you picture the benefits, especially for those with anxiety?   Meditation is one of several mind-body exercises that work to reduce symptoms of anxiety. Aside from anxiety, meditation can help with chronic pain, sleep disorders, depression, and headaches. Meditation can help soothe anxiety by increasing our emotional regulation skills, helping you to stay in the present moment, and decreasing physical symptoms like increased heart rate.   If it’s difficult for you to meditate due to your anxiety, try the following tips to establish a consistent, fruitful practice.   Allow Anxious...

Mental Health and the Mind-Body Connection

What do you picture when you hear the word “health''? Chances are, you think of a balanced diet and regular exercise. You may think of other healthy habits, or you may even have an image in your mind of what a “healthy” person looks like. When you think of health, however, do you think of mental health?   Mental health is largely left out of the conversation about a healthy lifestyle. Even when it’s brought in, there is a tendency to simplify mental health to mindfulness, meditation, and mantras. While these things can certainly contribute to a positive outlook, mental health is  much, much more: it’s our coping mechanisms, ability to recover from dysregulation, thought processes, and even our physical health.   Physical and mental health are deeply connected. Have you ever felt out of breath, like your heart is racing, fatigued, and nauseous, but you weren’t otherwise sick? This happens to be one of the tell-tale physical...

Rates of Anxiety in the LGBTQIA+ Community

As June rolls around, we feel more inclined than ever to honor our LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month.  Pride originated to honor the Stonewall riots, to celebrate our original Queer trailblazers, and to advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.  Just one of the numerous barriers to our LGBTQIA+ community is the rate of mental health disorders as well as access to culturally-competent care.   In the Queer community alone, almost 5.8 million folx report being diagnosed with a mental health disorder.  Between 30 percent and 60 percent of LGBT people report struggling with anxiety or depression.  These rates are higher than those of hetereosexual and cisegender folx. Yet, there is still a startling lack of gender and sexuality affirming healthcare across the United States.   If you’re wondering where the disparity between non-LGBT and LGBT rates of mental health issues come in, consider these three factors impacting anxiety in the LGBTQIA+ community:   Lack of Support At Home: In one study by the Trevor Project, it was found that LGBTQ+...