This summer, people have been discussing mental health with each other thanks to several shows, movies, and even a musical, that follow characters’ struggles with mental health disorders. While most mental health professionals are glad these shows are prompting conversations, many worry that the messages audiences take away will be more hurtful than helpful.
Social media has become such a big part of our lives; we sometimes don’t even realize how much time we spend scrolling through our feeds. It’s the last thing many of us look at before we go to bed and the first thing we check when we wake up – but does interacting with social media hurt our mental health?
Human beings are inherently social creatures. As far back as we can trace, humans have traveled, hunted, and thrived in social groups and for good reason. Humans who were separated from their tribe often suffered severe consequences. Social groups provide us with an important part of our identity, and more than that, they teach us a set of skills that help us to live our lives. Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked.
For those experiencing bouts of unemployment, investing adequate time and attention to mental health care often falls last on the to-do list, but making it a priority can be extremely beneficial.
It’s important to address the situation you're facing and the emotional toll that can come with it. Feelings of shock and disbelief at being laid off or fired can turn into active distress and fatalistic tendencies, resulting in a loss of identity and feelings of frustration, anxiety, depression, and even hopelessness.
Each day you have tens, if not hundreds of social interactions. Whether you’re walking by someone on the sidewalk, ordering a coffee, calling about a utility bill, or talking with a coworker, these interactions have a huge impact on your day and your well-being. If you’re one of the seven percent of people living with social anxiety (social phobia), these interactions can make daily life extremely taxing.
While for some, Fourth of July celebrations can be a time of excitement, excess, and fun, for others it’s a trigger for an underlying mental health issue. With eating and drinking being the focus at the majority of these parties, those who are susceptible to addictive behaviors may find it difficult to take part without consequence. If you find that the pressure to eat or drink excessively has left you feeling out of control, consider the following five tips: