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Caring for Your Mental Health While Traveling

Caring for Your Mental Health While Traveling

Caring for your mental health is a full-time job, even if you're traveling. Here are three travel tips to make caring for your mental health easier. Read this.

I’ve been thinking about caring for your mental health white traveling as I’m writing this on a train, traveling from Montreal to New York City as part of a vacation. While travel within the country is much simpler than travel out of the country, the following vacation tips are good advice for caring for your mental health while traveling.

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Seasonal Depression Remedies to Try This Year

Seasonal Depression Remedies to Try This Year

Seasonal depression exists but so do seasonal depression remedies. Seasonal depression exists in my part of the world, where winter brings with it subzero temperatures and short hours of sunlight. This can make even the most chipper of us feel down. Whether it’s winter blahs or full-blown seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it’s not fun to experience, and sufferers want to get better quickly. I’ve recently had a bout and here’s my three things to try for seasonal depression.

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Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Recently I got mental health advice from a tarot reading. I’ll be the first to admit I’m skeptical about tarot (Alternative Mental Health Information). But recently I got a reading that was empowering. The reading had three pieces of mental health advice I will share since they’re good for everyone to know.

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Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder Is Possible

Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder Is Possible

Recovery from borderline personality disorder (BPD) is possible. I’m living proof. Recently, I ran across some old Facebook posts about moving into my own apartment and getting my own cell phone. That may not seem like much, but to me it’s a huge victory. I am in recovery from borderline personality disorder–and I was once written off as a hopeless case. If I can recover from borderline personality disorder, so can you–you just need to find the right therapy, put in the effort, and recognize the small victories.

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Pokemon Go Taught Me About Mental Health Coping Skills

Pokemon Go Taught Me About Mental Health Coping Skills

Pokemon Go has taught me many things about mental health coping skills. Coping skills are vital to recovery–they’re the bricks and mortar of building a new foundation for your life (Coping Skills for Mental Health and Wellbeing). Coping skills vary by person, and one of mine is playing Pokemon Go (I have the weight loss, buff legs, and sunburn to prove it). Here is what Pokemon Go taught me about mental health coping skills.

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The Therapeutic Value of Animals

The Therapeutic Value of Animals

Research has shown the therapeutic value of animals. We’ve all seen service animals, but did you know that some states recognize psychiatric service animals or therapy animals? Some states, like Florida, allow psychiatric service dogs. And my state, Indiana, allows therapy animals. What legal protection they have depends on the state you’re in, but it brings up the issue of the therapeutic value of animals.

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Vitamins That Can Relieve Psychiatric Symptoms

Vitamins That Can Relieve Psychiatric Symptoms

Did you that vitamins can relieve some psychiatric symptoms? Recently my psychiatrist ordered some lab work because I was complaining of exhaustion, sleeping too much, and not feeling rested when I woke up. The labs revealed my iron was about half of what it should be, explaining the symptoms. When you are on your medications and in counseling and still feel symptomatic, there are vitamins that can relieve psychiatric symptoms.

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A Mentally Healthy Perspective Can Influence Your Mental Illness

A Mentally Healthy Perspective Can Influence Your Mental Illness

Having a mentally healthy perspective is important. It’s a new year, and that lends itself to reflection. Whether 2015 was kind, brutal, or somewhere in between depends largely on your perspective (Putting Mental Illness In Perspective). So having a healthy perspective is important. So how do we have a mentally healthy perspective?

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How Gut Health Affects Mental Health

How Gut Health Affects Mental Health

Do you know how gut health affects mental health? My psychiatrist once told me that gastroenterologists call the gut “the second brain” because it has such a powerful impact on one’s mental health. For example, constipation (a side effect of many psychiatric medications) can cause the body to kick into fight-flight-freeze mode, which causes racing thoughts, fear, and panic (Mental Health And Physical Health Aren’t Separate Concepts). So it is important to know how gut health affects mental health.

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Three Ways the 12 Steps Help Besides Addiction Relief

Three Ways the 12 Steps Help Besides Addiction Relief

There are many ways the 12 steps help besides addiction relief. Recently, I lost my bus pass. I decided to ride my bike into town to save money, only to discover that someone had stolen the seat. I said, “Seriously?” and decided that if that was the worst thing that happened that day, I was blessed, and went about my day in a cheerful mood. That would not have been possible without the 12 steps of A.A.. So here are three ways the 12 steps help besides addiction relief.

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