Holiday Season Empathy

This holiday season, many of us are experiencing life a lot differently. Whether we are mourning a loss of life due to COVID-19, or are grappling with our “new normal,” this past year has collectively left us yearning for more empathy.

Behind the face masks…

We all want to be seen, we all want to be heard, and we all want to feel understood.

In the spirit of this holiday season, The Mind spa invites you to think about the individuals in your life (i.e., your neighbors, family, and friends), and take a moment to sow a seed of empathy into their lives.

You would be surprised to know just how far an act of presence over presents can go.

Activate the psychological benefits of human empathy by:

  • Letting someone know you care
  • Being a listening ear
  • Showing gratitude for their presence in your lives
  • And inviting them to be an active part of yours

Psychological research shows that when we give with the spirit of empathy in mind, it is not only the receiver that benefits, but the giver experiences benefits that far exceed the act of kindness as well.

This holiday season show up for those around you and feel free share this message to keep the seeds of empathy going around.

We wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday and start to 2021!

Expressing Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2020

As we get ready for Thanksgiving this year, it may be tough to celebrate, as this year is unlike any before. Many of us are away from family and friends at a time that we need human connection most.

However challenging it may be, getting into the holiday spirit and expressing gratitude for your current blessings has its psychological benefits. Expressing gratitude can increase optimism, boost your mood, and reduce anxiety symptoms.

And as always, a zoom phone call with family or your therapist is just a few clicks away…

Feel free to share this with a friend, and have a Happy Thanksgiving

Managing Election Anxiety

At this time, we are close to finding out the results of this year’s Presidential election. And, whatever side of the aisle you may fall on, it is common to be experiencing some form of election anxiety.

In this article, Dr. Mason highlights 5 ways you and your family can manage and reduce election anxiety for your mental wellness.

1) Set Boundaries

Staying informed is essential as long as it doesn’t come at the expense of your mental health. As your mental health professionals, we encourage you to establish a healthy relationship with your media consumption and to set boundaries when needed.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the news cycle at any point in time, feel free to give yourself permission to disengage for however long you need to reestablish peace of mind.   

2) Stay Active & Nourished

It is very easy to let your wellness routine fall by the wayside during stressful times. However, this is the time your body needs nourishment the most. Getting outside and enjoying fresh air can instantly uplift your sense of well-being. As well as consuming foods that are rich in nutrients can give your body the energy it needs to combat stress.

3) Take Breaks

When your mind and body are experiencing anxiety, it can become difficult to complete tasks. If you feel like accomplishing your daily tasks and work is much more challenging than usual, do not be afraid to take breaks. Taking just 5 minutes to walk around and stretch or call a friend can reduce mental stress.

4) Talk to Someone

Here at The Mind Spa, we can never stress talking to a mental health professional enough. Speaking to an unbiased health professional about anxiety and daily stressors can alleviate the weight you may be feeling during this time. With many options available, you can always book a telehealth session.  

5) Go Easy

If you are experiencing election anxiety, sitting still may be the hardest thing to do. It is natural to want to accomplish more during a heightened state. If you voted, feel good about your decision and know that you did your part to participate in our democracy.

For more information on the mind spa, visit our website here, and feel free to share these tips with a friend!