I have a special place in my heart for moms. There are so many reasons for this. But chief among them is that I am a mom myself and I get what a hard job it is. We spend approximately 40 weeks (some more, some less) bonding with a tiny human as we nurture and grow literally together. We put our entire self into that process, then we give birth. But it definitely does not end there. Not on any level. Pregnancy comes with a myriad of emotions, hormones, and new experiences…no matter how many times you’ve done it. I’ll be the first to say, that being pregnant with my second baby was a different (even though you know SOME of what to expect the second time around) experience than with my first. Just like each person is different, I feel so is each pregnancy.
How many of us truly make our mental health a top priority? Or make self care part of our daily routine? If you do, that’s awesome!!! If you don’t, I’ll bet that if you had been taught when you were a kid to take care of your mental health it would be easier to do now. In fact, it would just be part of your normal everyday life. It’s certainly much easier to start good habits young than stop a bad habit when you’re older. That’s why if we start helping our children develop good ways to take care of themselves as young as possible, they will have those skills for the rest of their lives. Good mental health helps children think clearly, problem solve, develop socially, have a higher self esteem, and a more positive outlook on life.
On August 3, 2018; my mother of nearly 51 years crossed from this life to the next. Grief has been a challenging and interesting journey. Here are some things I have learned so far from this experience and those of my clients:
Let’s talk about transitions for adults. As adults, I feel we often overlook ‘transitional moments’ thinking perhaps that we outgrew that phrase with the sunset on our childhood. However, if you think about it, adulthood lasts for the overwhelming percentage of the lifetime of the average American, so it stands to reason that we encounter as many, if not more, transitional moments in adulthood. Need examples? Happy to….
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Benefits of a LBGTQ Therapist and 3 Tips for Coming Out because LGBTQ individuals experience specific mental health issues, especially in more rural areas. Today I would like to expound. These issues are often related to minority stress (stress that comes from being a member of a minority community). For example, the prejudice and stigma that LGBTQ individuals often face can lead to higher suicide rates and increased substance use. LGBTQ individual are about 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight counterparts. Twenty to thirty percent of LGBTQ individuals are likely to abuse substances to deal with anxiety and depression compared to nine percent of the rest of the population. These are significant numbers and we need to do all we can to address the specific issues facing LGBTQ individuals. It is also helpful to remember that many LGBTQ individual experience anxiety and depression (and other issues) not related to their sexuality or gender.
School has started. The hallways are full, the parking line is endless, and homework time just got real again. Most parents have gone into a school at some point and seen the child crying because someone wouldn’t play with her or the child laid out in the hallway because he did not want to go back to class after art, recess, or lunch. But what if you ARE that child or the TEACHER (or parent) of that child? How do you help? What do you do when throwing the child over your shoulder or dragging them by the feet isn’t really best practice?
Here at Wellspring, we welcome a holistic mental health options, and have particularly embraced essential oils. When you walk into our space, you can smell our daily essential oil blend that is being diffused. There are a variety of essential oils and oil blends that can be used to address a variety of mental health concerns.
I’d like to talk about transitions a little bit. Some major life transitions that readily come to mind for most adults might be: starting a new job, entering a new relationship, getting married/engaged, getting pregnant, becoming a parent, or moving to a new city, house, state, etc.
Hi everyone! I'm Michelle Ainsworth, therapist here at Wellspring Renewal Center. I really can't believe it’s already August and school is starting back. With school and our kids in mind, I thought I would spend a little time today talking about the mental health of our children. School can be a wonderful place for children to make friends, express themselves, expand their minds, etc… but all too often school can also be a source of anxiety and/or depression due to difficulties they may experience with academics or socially.
Hey everyone! My name is Sean. I am a therapist here at Wellspring and I just wanted to introduce myself and do a little video on three tips for coming out as gay/LGBTQ in the South. I grew up gay in the south and I know what it's like to be in an area that's not so accepting of who we really are. And this is one of the reasons that I became a therapist; so it's very important to me.