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Mental Health. How To Get Rid Of The Stigma

We need to accept mental illness by coming to terms with the fact that it is normal like any other medical condition. What is NOT normal is its stigmatization. Instead, let’s reach out to our brothers and sisters in distress to help them relieve their distress.

You can begin by creating self-value. Start by treating yourself with kindness and respect. Also, avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies, favorite projects, and broaden your horizons. Try doing a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument, or become fluent in another language.

By taking care of yourself physically you can improve your mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals, stay hydrated, and get adequate sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students. Exercise, as it helps decrease depression, anxiety and will improve your mood. Also, try to avoid smoking and vaping.

Be sure to surround yourself with good people. People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members, friends, or seek activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class, or support group. Make sure not to keep yourself isolated.

You can share your time by volunteering your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need and it’s a great way to meet new people. There is no better way to feel great about yourself than extending a helping hand.

Learn to deal with stress by first making peace with the fact that stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills. You may try Tai Chi, exercising, taking a nature walk, playing with your pet or trying to journal as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and not take life too seriously. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

Try meditating, mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind while improving your outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

Set realistic goals for yourself. Write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Examples could be what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally. Aim realistically high and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

Break up the monotony. Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace from time to time can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures, or try eating at a new restaurant.

Avoid substances of dependence. Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate, in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.

Get help when you need it. Seeking help is a sign of strength not weakness. It is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness, as well as addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

If you believe we can help you, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment by calling our office at 772-932-9310, or visiting our website at We look forward to being of service to you and helping you live a happy and healthy life!