We learn as babies how to self sooth, however many empathetic people struggle and so it’s important to regularly practice such techniques to help prevent feeling overloaded from small and big world stresses.
Important self soothing techniques;
1. Use Conscious breathing.
2. Engage in positive self talk.
3. Develop a witness state - remind yourself you’re bigger than your feeling.
4.remind yourself you are not responsible for the karma of others.
5. Visualise positive places or feeling.
6. Place your hand on your chest like a mother would a baby.
7.practice self compassion.
For more tips and information on empathy and self soothing techniques this article on psychology today is brilliant : https://www.google.co.uk/.../self-soothing-strategies-8...
With thanks to @crazyheadcomics for the additional self soothing ideas imagery.
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Shared post : Dealing with depression an important analogy ...
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down! -author unknown
#depression #views #mentalhealth#coping #talking #sharing #feelings#hope #selfcare
BBC IPlayer released a documentary exploring mental health and suicide with a particular focus on young men taking their life.
Within it he explores just how valuable and important it is to talk and share how we feel!
I remember during my training to become a therapist we were asked the question how many of you respond to are you okay honestly. By answering honestly you open up the conversation and often receive empathy and support you might want or need.
Roman discovers within this documentary a great technique in asking the question “are you okay?” TWICE, allowing space for the honest answer. Let’s get talking 💙
If you need help or support it is out there.
For crisis support:
24/7 phone line @ Samaritans : 116 123
24/7 crisis support text SHOUT to 85258
HOPELineUK offer support, practical advice and information to young people considering suicide and can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
Phone: 0800 068 41 41
For therapy with me : firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on mental health and suicide in young people and how you can offer support / resources visit
Info on the doc;
“Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency is a deeply personal and candid film following Roman as he explores the mental health and suicide crisis affecting young men in the UK.
In August 2020, Roman’s life changed dramatically with the sudden and unexpected death of his best friend, radio producer Joe Lyons. This timely documentary sees Roman taking a closer look at the urgent issue of young men’s mental health, exploring why increasing numbers are taking their own lives and the reasons why so many of them never ask for help.
Wanting to find some answers in a difficult time, Roman explores what can be done to encourage people to seek help, what preventative action we need to be taking, and the lasting impact mental health and suicide can have on friends and families. This is a film about Roman’s generation, young men and boys as they become adults, and how he himself could help add to a dialogue that might help those who are struggling in silence.”
Self soothing practice like yoga can help modulate the stress response.
I recommend @sarahbethyoga she had multiple yoga playlists to suit your time limits and emotional and physical states where you may be holding tension.
It’s important to remember how our bodies and minds are interlinked. When we experience trauma or stress we store that in the body. One of the best written explorations of this link and it’s importance or reprocessing our experiences through our body is explored in Bessel Van Der Kolks brilliant book : the body keeps the score.
Beautiful drawing which helps illustrate how all our thoughts have layers. It might take time to peel them back and figure out how we process our thoughts and emotions and what we can do to challenge those negative ones in time.
Thank you @trainee_psych_scribbles for sharing.
#mentalhealth #awareness #support#therapy #thoughts #patterns #selflove#understanding #mentalhealthawareness
Healing is not a linear process;
Instead it’s often one of a hard upward spiral. You often process things cyclically and each time it comes around, you peel back another layer and get closer to healing & your true self.
Everyone’s experience is unique and valid.
#mentalhealth #process #awareness #hope #healing #empowerment #awareness #therapy
IWD provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women's equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more.
The day is celebrated and supported globally by industry, governments, educational institutions, community groups, professional associations, women's networks, charities and non-profit bodies, the media and more.
Collectively every person and all groups can make a difference within their sphere of influence by taking concrete action to help build a more gender equal world. From small powerful grassroots gatherings to large-scale conference and events - International Women's Day is celebrated everywhere. It's a big day for inspiration and change.”
International women’s day 2021
For more information, resources and to get involved visit : https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Resources
THIS WEEK IS EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS WEEK
Only one in four who have had Binge Eating Disorder ever receives treatment - learn more from
& #YouMightKnowMe campaign.
In this short film C shares her experience of group and individual art therapy for adults. The film illustrates her therapeutic process and how art making enabled C to express herself and reflect upon her eating disorder: https://www.baat.org/.../An-adults-perspective-on-art...
Eating Disorders Awareness Week. 1st - 7th March
Binge eating disorder will affect 1 in 50 of us in our lifetime. it is the most common but least understood. It isn’t about being greedy or lacking in willpower, but a serious mental illness which many suffer with alone, often with the fear of how others might react the reason they don’t reach out for help.
In March, during Eating Disorders Awareness Week you can start to help change that.
You can help start that conversation, get involved , share your experience and get help, tips and support.
There’s so many resources for yourself , your family & schools on https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
If you’re struggling and would like to reach out for therapy feel free to contact me via email@example.com
#youmightknowme #BEAT #EDAW #BingeEatingAwarenessWeek
#mentalhealthawareness #Therapy #Support #startAConversation
Sleep is vital to help our mental health.
The mental health foundation have a free how to guide to help you sleep better : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publicat.../how-sleep-better
Personal recommendation (not an advert) : I find @featheranddownsleep do a great pillow spray that smells like a spa day! The repeated night routine & the relaxing scent often help with positive calming associations that help aid sleep.
#sleep #mentalhealthsupport #therapeutic #therapy #sleep-importance #pillowspray #featheranddown #selfcareideas #selfcare