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Taking Time for Yourself

How can I learn to take time for myself without the guilt?
By not taking a little time out of each day for yourself, you might be less happy than possible. Start by focusing on yourself. Acknowledge that your own happiness is important and practice happiness-boosting routines.

 

You have multiple priorities on your mind at any given time. Food, kids, laundry, cleaning, friends, work, bills, relationships, home, car, shower, sex, exercise, hobbies, not to mention politics, economics, scientific breakthroughs, the environment, public education or healthcare.

You are in constant movement, getting things done, going places, talking to people.

Not only are you thinking about many things at the same time, recent Harvard research, indicates that you’re thinking about something other than what you are doing in the moment at least 47% of the time. You spend most of your life engaging with a wandering mind, thinking about everything you need to do, pondering world affairs and absentmindedly doing what needs to be done right now. You are giving life half of your attention because almost 50% of the time you’re thinking of something other than what you’re doing.

When your life is guided by thoughts about things you have to do or things you have done you will likely fail to focus on the present. And you might experience a downward spiral* into stress and unhappiness.

Your focus is on everything and everyone except yourself.

You are rarely on your own list!

You feel responsible for “getting everything done.”

This mentality incorporates the thinking “If I don’t do it, who will?”

When you focus on everything except yourself you might feel angry, irritable, frustrated, disappointed, stressed, depressed, lethargic and you might head right for the chocolate and potato chips.

Affordable Counseling Center provides solution focused counseling for couples, families, and individuals by licensed Therapists to the extended Tampa, Brandon, Plant City, and Riverview areas. We can see you the day you call or whenever possible. We are available evening and weekends by appointment.

At Star Point Counseling Center, there are two convenient locations for you to choose from in Brandon and Tampa. So call or text us today, or anytime at (813) 244-1251 or visit us online at: 

http://www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com

http://www.starpointcounselingbrandon.com

http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com

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The Stigma of Depression

When it comes to obtaining treatment for medical ailments as benign as the common cold, people don’t think twice about running to the doctor, or the acupuncturist, and spending the money on treatments to feel better. So, why do so many who suffer from depression continue to hesitate, despite all of the treatment options available?

Depression continues to be one of the most stigmatized mental health issues out there. This is ironic, given that by the year 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is estimated to be the second most common health problem in the world. The externalized stigma toward those with mental health issues that exists in society, there comes internalized stigma, or self-shame. This makes the experience of mental health issues all the more devastating. Many times, it is the internalized shame that stops people from acknowledging psychological problems and receiving treatment, since many see it as akin to admitting that they are weak or damaged in some way.

What can you do? If you suffer from depression, tell somebody. Ask for help. Change the stigma, call or text Affordable Counseling Center, Brandon at (813) 244-1521. We are also on the web at:

http://www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com

http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com

http://www.starpointcounselingbrandon.com

People go to therapy for a variety of reasons—quite often they have a vague sense “that something isn’t right,” or feelings of sadness or depression. They might be worried that they or someone they care about might have a mental illness, or they’re having problems with significant others.

However,  sometimes even relatively minor stressors, such as doing your taxes, can trigger significant symptoms. Anxiety, fear, panic, insomnia, mental confusion, hysteria, depression that doesn’t seem to lift, and more can be triggered by major (and in some cases, minor) stressful events.

If you find that during stressful times you seem to struggle with persistent symptoms more than you feel is acceptable, therapy might help.  Sure, your belief system, personality, mental and physical health, and other factors determine how you respond to life stressors, but sometimes the sheer magnitude of stressful conditions or times where these situations seem to pile on top of each other, can be overwhelming.

Whether or not you might benefit from therapy is a personal decision that no one can make for you. Brief therapy or, if necessary, longer-term therapy with a highly focused treatment plan, can help you deal with stressful events and the emotions they trigger.

http://www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com

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Have you experienced a traumatic event?

If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. You may even feel numb to the world around you and disconnected from everyone. Often,  when bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. If these symptoms last for an extended period of time after an incident, you may want to seek help. If your stress reaction has lasted for months on end and is accompanied by a number of other symptoms like reoccurring memories or distress and anxiousness about the event, that are significantly interfering with you life, you should seek professional help.Wit the right treatment, self-help strategies, and support, you can speed your recovery. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal.

At Star Point Counseling Center, we have licensed counseling therapists available to help reduce your stress, relieve your pain, and make you feel better. We are here to help you find out how to maximize your productivity and build coping skills. So, if you have experienced a traumatic event and need to talk about it, or want to learn ways to cope with your distress, please visit our website starpointcounselingtampa.com or give us a call at (813)-244-1251.

7 Weird Health Boosters!

  1. Friendly neighbors. When people feel like they are part of their neighborhood, have friendly neighbors whom they feel would help out with just about anything, and trust most of their neighbors, their heart attack risk goes down.
  2. Telling the truth. Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to health. Lets face it, lying is stressful because it requires a better memory. 
  3. Windows at work. Exposure to light has beneficial effects on mood, alertness, and metabolism. According to studies, office worker with more light exposure had better sleep quality, longer sleep duration, were more active, and had a better quality of life.
  4. Green plants. Speaking of the workplace, simply adding attractive greenery makes workers feel more engaged with work, better able to concentrate, and healthier.
  5. Water. Being in it, on it, or near it can calm an exhausted mind, reduce stress, and increase physical activity.
  6. Nature. Sun exposure, plants, and water sounds a lot like being out in nature. Spending time outdoors increases your happiness and reduces stress.
  7. Moderate worrying. According to a study, moderate worriers are more likely to live longer, healthier lives because they can envision the worst and prepare for it. They are also less likely to take foolish risks.

 

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Happy Holidays

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Affordable Counseling would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! We hope that your holidays are as stress free as possible, and full of love and joy with family and friends. A recent tagline I heard said, “Less Stress, More Living.” This may be an ideal (yet seemingly unrealistic) motto for some, especially during the holidays. But in its simplest form, the quote is pointing to how stress often conflicts with enjoying every day life which is a very simple supposition understood by many. But how do you live when stress is impeding your life? While there are many quick helpful tips to reduce stress, such as breathing, and stopping to take a break, a tip to remember is that your thoughts are what need to change in order for your feelings and behaviors to change. If you start seeing things in a different way, you are more likely to make long lasting changes rather than short immediate “fixes”

For more information on this and other mental health topics visit our website at http://www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com, or see our parent website at http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com

Suicide and the Holiday Season

Have you ever heard that suicide rates are the highest during the holiday season? This is a common idea that we hear about every year. But is it really true? When you think logically it sounds likely that people feel depressed during the holidays because of family issues, stress, and overwhelming anxiety and therefore would make a decision to take their own lives. But the truth is that many studies show this concept of suicide rates excelling over the holidays is actually a myth. While suicide does occur within the holiday season, evidence does not show significant rises in the act during this period. This does not mean that suicide does not occur at this time, nor does it excuse anyone from seeing and addressing some of the warning signs. The following articles present information about this myth, but also provide links to suicide facts such as prevalence rates, warning signs, as well as additional information.

http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/holiday.html

http://www.bidmc.org/YourHealth/TherapeuticCenters/Depression.aspx?ChunkID=156980

Even if this concept is a myth, suicide is not something to take lightly. If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal many resources are available to you. In Florida you can call 2-1-1, or call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Educate yourself on the warning signs so that you can also be a resource for someone in despair.

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For more information on mental health counseling in the Tampa Bay area, visit our website at http://www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com. You can also visit our parent company’s website at http://www.starpointcounselingbrandon.com, or http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com. We have two locations to better serve you!

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