There is really no point in detailing here the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our collective mental well-being. The reality of what we have been through and continue to experience is something we don’t need to remember: the isolation, tragedy, exhaustion and hopelessness of the past 18 months have affected each of us. us in ways big and small.
Through it all, however, there is one thing to be hopeful of. While we have a long way to go before our mental health becomes truly destigmatized, it is clear that there has been a change in how we are willing to openly discuss it, and a change that seems perhaps to be. accelerated by the emotionally overwhelming times we ‘live in â pandemics, racial calculus, environmental crises and all. From athletes like Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles retiring from the highest levels of competition to focus on their sanity to the countless teletherapy commercials you might have heard while listening to your favorite podcast, it can suddenly seem like everywhere you go. you turn around, someone is talking about the importance of focusing on mental health.
This, of course, is a good thing. As the editor-in-chief of a health and wellness brand, it goes without saying that I am grateful to those who courageously move these conversations forward, and I hope this is the start of a movement that makes mental well-being a priority when deciding things like politics, corporate governance and the general functioning of our society. I also know, as someone relatively new to the world of therapy, that putting your sanity first is easier said than done. That’s why today we’re launching our Guide to Taking Care of Your Mental Health. It’s our one-stop-shop for new tips and tricks as well as some of our best previously published content, with the goal of providing you with what you need to know if you’re looking to find a therapist, try out a new health technique. mental. , or are really ready to focus on your mental well-being and don’t know where to start.
Need therapy advice? Answer our short questionnaire and be directed to resources adapted to your situation. Are you trying to convince a loved one to make an appointment? You will want to read this guide to talk to a family member about the possibility of going into therapy. Just want to know what you can do in a few minutes to help yourself feel a little better? We’ve rounded up 50 of our best mental health tips of all time.
We also have several resources for navigating mental health care for people of color, LGBTQ + people and other marginalized groups, as it can sometimes be difficult to find specific information or even a therapist who understands what you are going through. . Check out our 101 Mental Health Resources for Marginalized Communities and How to Find a Culturally Competent Therapist to learn more on this front.
And because getting the mental health care you can actually afford is a major issue here in the United States, we’ve also included tips for finding an affordable therapist, put together some more accessible resources in our 41 health apps. that can make life a little easier Topics easier and covered like online support groups and how to know if group therapy is right for you.
There is a lot more in the package; there is something for everyone, I guarantee it. Even if you read this with skepticism – you might think that prioritizing your sanity seems a little too selfish to you, perhaps? – we have you. (You’ll want to start by reading our article on why therapy is not, in fact, self-indulgent.) Our goal with our Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health is to meet you where you are. are in your journey, so if you are looking for a topic that we haven’t covered or have a suggestion, please contact us at [email protected] We want this guide to be as useful to you as possible, because when it comes to mental health help, we could probably all use it, and it’s a good place to start.