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Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month

The Role of Therapy in Maintaining Mental Wellness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health issues, breaking down stigma, and encouraging a conversation about the importance of mental well-being. 

Originating in 1949, this month has served as a crucial period for individuals and communities to learn about mental health, share resources, and support one another in an effort to improve mental well-being. 

Understand Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month was established to increase awareness about mental health and mental illness. Since its inception, this month has helped to reduce stigma by distributing knowledge about mental health and creating a culture of acceptance. This month also highlights the importance of accessibility to mental health care and the need for more high-quality mental health services for all who need them.

Therapy & Counseling: Vital Tools for Mental Health

Therapy isn’t just for moments of crisis, it is a powerful resource for managing daily stress, feeling happier and more fulfilled with life, and promoting personal growth. Counseling and therapy services can offer:

  • Coping strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety, and other intense emotions.

  • Increased self-awareness, helping you understand the behaviors and patterns that negatively affect your well-being.

  • Improved relationships through better communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Support through major life changes, providing clarity and boosting confidence to handle changes.

  • Strategic life adjustments to create a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle.

  • Enhance focus and productivity by teaching time management and organizational skills.

When & Why To Seek Help

Consider seeking therapy or counseling services if you:

  • Experience persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or irritability.

  • Need help with focusing on the task at hand and finding yourself often distracted and nonproductive.

  • Find it difficult to cope with stress or recover from stressful events.

  • Notice changes in your daily patterns - sleeping, eating, activity.

  • Feel overwhelmed by your emotions, which impact your daily routine.

  • Struggle with unresolved issues from the past that are hindering your well-being.

  • Face transitions such as relocation, career change, or changes in family dynamics. 

Why Therapy is Beneficial

Interacting with a skilled therapist can provide a variety of benefits including:

  • Responding, not reacting: Learn coping strategy techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and other strong emotions effectively. 

  • Become more self-aware: Identify the behaviors and patterns in your life that tie to the negative effects of your mental health.

  • Strengthen relationships: Address and improve your interpersonal skills and strengthen your relationships.

  • Face the big things: Learn to navigate significant life changes with clarity and confidence.

  • Pivot. Identify when it’s time to make adjustments to carry out a happier, healthier,  and more manageable life.

  • Eye on the clock: Learn time management and organizational skills that will help you focus on daily tasks and end your projects with accomplishment.

Integrating Self-Care Practices for Improved Mental Health

Self-care is an important component of mental health care that complements therapy. Effective self-care might include:

  • Exercise: Regular physical activity can significantly improve your mood and reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.

  • Healthy Eating: A balanced diet can positively affect your mental health, providing the energy and nutrients your brain needs to function at its best.

  • Sleep: Ensuring you get enough restful sleep is essential for mental and emotional resilience.

  • Mindfulness and Meditation: To help ground your thoughts and reduce your stress and anxiety.

Types of Therapy/Counseling Available

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): An evidence-based psychotherapy that focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is grounded in the belief that our thoughts and perceptions influence our emotions and behaviors, and by changing our thought patterns, we can effectively change how we feel and act.

  • BranSpotting: A powerful therapeutic technique developed by Dr. Davis Grand that helps individuals access, process, and release trauma, negative emotions, and limiting beliefs stored in the brain. 

  • Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET): A gentle and non-invasive therapeutic approach designed to help individuals identify and release unresolved emotional stress stored in the body.

  • Trauma-Focused Therapy: A specialized form of psychotherapy designed to help individuals overcome the lasting effects of trauma.

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How BestLife Can Help During Mental Health Awareness Month...And Beyond

Therapy is your go-to safe space. It’s a non-judgmental, confidential setting where you can freely discuss your concerns, your inner thoughts, and the stressors that keep you up at night. Whether you’re dealing with specific mental health conditions or looking for personal development, therapy is a valuable resource.

At BestLife, our therapists and counselors are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of mental health in a supportive, confidential, and caring environment. We believe in the true power of therapy and are here to assist you on your journey to better mental health - however that may look to you.

If you’ve been considering therapy or want to know more about how it can benefit you, contact BestLife today. Our professionals are ready to support you in taking the next steps towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life. 


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