The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and families all over the country are discarding the accumulated clutter of winter. Additionally, folks are getting out into nature, taking advantage of its healing properties, and enjoying the sunshine of a new day. Here in Los Angeles, we’re moving into less-restrictive tiers and business are opening their doors again. With spring blossoming, Creative Care would like to tap into this spirit of rejuvenation and offer some tips to positively align and rejuvenate your mental health with the new season.
As we mentioned in our blog on the mental health benefits of yoga, practicing mindfulness can help settle your thoughts, alleviate anxiety, and reduce muscle tension. For example, a Chicago School of Professional Psychology study revealed that five minutes of daily mindfulness meditation over the span of seven days was enough to significantly reduce stress levels in participants. Indeed, a popular mental health quote reads, “If we are depressed, we are living in the past. If we are anxious, we are living in the future. If we are at peace, we are living in the present.” Mindfulness techniques are a simple and effective way to rejuvenate your mind and bring your attention back to the present moment.
Get Your Body Moving
The studies documenting the mental health benefits of exercise are numerous, particularly regarding depression and anxiety. For example, a study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26% Exercise is an excellent way to boost endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever and pleasure enhancer. Researchers also believe that exercise improves the body’s reaction to stress by influencing the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Furthermore, exercise increases energy, improves sleep, and enhances mental alertness – all of which will boost mood and general mental health.
Be Thankful for What You’ve Got
Having an attitude of gratitude can make a person healthier and happier. And while this may sound like a cliché, the science backs it up. In fact, an interesting study by Emmons and McCullough had three groups of participants keep a weekly journal. One group described five things they were grateful for from the preceding week. Another wrote down five negative things that had occurred during the week. Finally, a third, neutral group listed five things that had affected them without focusing on the positive or negative. After 10 weeks, the grateful group reported 25% more happiness and fewer health complaints while exercising 1.5 hours more than the negative group.
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While these activities are effective enhancements that can rejuvenate mental health, serious issues require the attention of professionals. Creative Care is a psychoanalytic, attachment-focused oasis. For example, we use behavioral modification tools and cognitive restructuring methods to deepen and expand a client’s recovery. Additionally, we employ a wide variety of techniques to best suit and meet the needs of each individual client. The goal is to provide our clients with a proper and complete diagnostic picture. From there, we unmask the internalized pain that has been hidden by problem behavior for years. A comprehensive mental health treatment plan may include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Expressive Arts & Groups utilizing Music and Art
- Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
- Equine Group
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness Interventions
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Psychological Testing and Diagnostic Testing
- Trauma Therapy
With over 30 years of experience, Creative Care provides the best chance for the greatest longevity in recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today at 855-954-0762.