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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

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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

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Are you Grieving?

How Do You Deal With It?

Losing someone or something you love can be very painful and overwhelming. Extreme sadness mixed with other surprising emotions such as shock, anger and guilt are normal and necessary reactions to loss. Everyone grieves differently, but allowing yourself to experience grief is an important and healthy part of the healing process.

Many find that additional support from licensed psychologists or psychiatrists helps to promote a healthy healing process. Grief is a process in which the more you understand and actively work through, the more effective the healing is. If you or a loved one is experiencing a significant loss, call Affordable Counseling Brandon. (813) 244-1251.

What is Grief Counseling?

Grief is an emotional response to a loss. Often the most intense grief is in response to the loss of a loved one or a divorce, but grief can also be experienced from the loss of: a job, a pet, a friendship, safety after a trauma, financial stability, etc. Typically, more significant losses involve more intense grief. Also, significant changes in your life such as a move, a job change or retirement can lead to feelings of grief and mourning for your old life.

Grief and Loss Counseling

Grief is multi-faceted with emotional, physical, social, behavioral and spiritual aspects. Depending on the person’s personality, family values, culture and religious beliefs, grief can manifest itself differently. Researchers have moved away from the conventional view that grief moves through orderly and predictable stages. There is not a typical response to a loss, nor a normal timeline for grieving. However, there are some common symptoms of grief. Affordable Counseling Brandon can help you work through your grief, call us today for an appointment. (813) 244-1251

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation.

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Many people find that there are not enough hours in the day to complete all the tasks you have on your never ending to-do list. In order to get things done many people make the choice to cut corners of sleep, thinking that a few hours here and there won’t make a big difference. Wrong! Sleep deprivation can have effects on both your mental and physical health. 

Here are 8 ways that not getting enough sleep can negatively effect you:

  1. Lower stress threshold. When your tired, the simplest activity can make you feel overwhelmed.
  2. Impaired memory. Rapid eye movement(REM) sleep aids in the formation of memories.
  3. Trouble concentrating. Sleep deprived people have a hard time focusing on tasks and they often overestimate their performance.
  4. Decreased sociability and optimism. Lets face it, who wants to be friendly and optimistic when they’re tired? Nobody.
  5. Impaired creativity. Research shows that sleep deprivation impairs some cognitive processes like creativity.
  6. Increased blood pressure. Studies show that loss of sleep can lead to an increase blood pressure.
  7. Increase in appetite. Acute sleep loss enhances pleasure response processing in the brain underlying the drive to consume food.
  8. Increased risk of cardiac morbidity. Sleep deprivation is one of the factors that can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks. 

If you are chronically tired or if you think carving off a couple hours of sleep here and there is okay then it may be time to change your thinking about sleep. You may not be aware of what your brain and body are doing during sleep, but that time is vital to your ability to function and potentially to your life. If you find yourself with a low stress threshold or your memory,creativity, and/or appetite is impaired then you may need to seek professional help from a counselor. The therapists at Star Point Counseling Center can help you get your schedule back on track.

www.starpointcounselingtampa.com

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