How to Improve Your Mental Health - Depression, Anxiety, Stress

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today we're gonna go through six psych

back ways to improve your mental health

and this episode's sponsored by seasons

and in Malibu seasons in Malibu if you

don't know is a CRA accredited dual

diagnosis treatment center and they

specialize in addictions like opiate

addictions alcoholism cocaine addiction

prescription drug abuse and more and

after opening up my own struggles with

depression they actually reached out and

wanted to partner with me and support

what we're doing with peak your minds so

a huge hat to them stick around to the

end of the video to hear more about what

they do but for now let's get started

with today's video my goal for today's

video is just to offer you some

solutions and practical steps that we

can all take to improve our mental

health so whether it's anxiety or

depression or addiction or whatever

you're going through I think it's easy

to feel ashamed when that's a struggle

for you but just realize that there's

nothing to be ashamed of that this is a

safe space and that we're all growing

and learning as we go and we're here to

support each other so let's get started

with the first tip the first tip is to

listen to depressing music and I know

that sounds kind of weird and

counterintuitive like doesn't that just

make you more sad but the idea behind is

that it's actually cathartic so instead

of suppressing these emotions and

bottling them up you can express them

and studies have shown that crying can

actually help you heal after a breakup

and once that you found that a good cry

can actually boost your mood and I don't

like to admit this but movies always get

me I think the movie I cried in most

recently was Wonder Woman it just like

got me I cried like three times but

that's just me and so while this might

seem counterintuitive different methods

will work for different people so as you

try these things out make sure you

tailor them so whatever works best for


tip number two is to take a break from

social media I think a lot of people

bash social media it's easy to kind of

point the finger there I think there's a

lot of good to social media but there's

also a reason why more and more people

are reporting being lonely and what's

bizarre is we're more connected than

ever social media allows us to talk to

anybody around the world and talk to

anybody instantly and see what people

are up to but once they found that the

most common emotion of people scrolling

through Facebook was depression and

there's different theories why but the

main one is that when you're scrolling

through there's an internal comparison

taking place and you're seeing everyone

else's highlight reels through just

seeing people get married or travel the

world or have so much fun and so it's

easy for your mental health to take a

hit when you're comparing it's like okay

well what did i do today um nothing so

something my sister actually put me onto

which is taking a break from social

media and doing kind of a jig

detox we take a day or a few hours to

yourself so just give yourself a break

and reconnect to yourself and just by

doing that by taking a break it can do

wonders for your mental health

especially when you combine it with the

next tip so the third tip is gratitude

journaling gratitude is something we've

talked about a lot on this channel it's

not something new and revolutionary but

there's a difference between knowing

what to do and actually having a

practice that you put into place because

the benefits of this practice really

show up when you're intentional about it

when you integrate it into your life and

what's really cool about this is it

doesn't have to be super time-consuming

doesn't have to be 20 minutes a day or

an hour a day or 50 things you're

grateful for studies have found that

when people write just a few sentences a

week of things that they're grateful for

it effectively improved their mental

health or overall happiness increases

their depression decreases and it

actually retrains your brain to focus on

what you're grateful for and that's huge

because in any situation whenever you're

facing something that's challenging your

brain wants to go - why me this sucks

but when you retrain your brain to focus

on where's the goodness how can I learn

from this how can I become better than

this what can I find to be grateful for

in this moment that's life-changing

because now you're changing the filter

through which you view the world and you

don't have to enjoy life just when

you're on the upslope but on the

downslope you can see the goodness and

so overall your mental health just

improves dramatically and honestly it's

such a simple but powerful practice and

it's kind of a no-brainer

to incorporate this into your life to

improve your happiness and your mental

health so tip number four is to real

able and refocus and this is a really

simple two-step process that I got for

the book you are not your brain based on

brain research and it's particularly

useful when it comes to battling anxiety

so step one is to relay below the

thought most people just accept anxious

thoughts or unhelpful thoughts as truth

but with this step allows you to do is

identify the thought outside of yourself

but instead of just accepting and

entertaining every depressing or

limiting or anxious thought that pops in

your head

Yury label them as an anxious thought or

there's a depressing thought there's a

limiting thought and where research has

shown is that by labeling a thought or a

feeling or an emotion it allows you to

manage it instead of letting you run

your life so that's that one step two is

to refocus and whenever we experience

anxiety or depression or any challenge

when it comes to mental health we all

have different ways of dealing with it

and it's usually something to escape the

feeling so eating or drinking or smoking

or binging

it's usually the same behaviors that

trigger a destructive cycle or trap us

in a loop instead of dealing with those

things in a healthy and positive way and

so for this step you simply change your

focus from those destructive behaviors

to something that's actually going to

benefit you and your well-being and so

for me whenever I'm in a funk or peers

Ematic where I've been struggling

depression all I want to do is just

retreat to my room and be alone and shut

out the world and be alone with my

thoughts and so for me what that would

look like is taking opposite action

calling a friend going on a run going

out and doing something with people

which is the last thing I want to do and

usually when it's something like this

that we're struggling with the last

thing we want to do is the best thing

for us and so that's what it means to

refocus and say it's actually showing

similar to the last tip that when you

refocus and real able you actually train

your brain to deal with those things

naturally to deal with your mental

health or anxiety or depression in a

positive way and so keeping with the

theme of focus tip number five is to do

for others something that was really

interesting to me when I was studying

and learning more about mental health is

that in order to feel depressed or

anxious or stressed our focus has to be

inward has to be our own thoughts and

our own feelings but what studies have

found is that when you shift your focus

outside yourself when you do for others

either an act of kindness or an active

service or just something for someone

else it has a powerful positive effect

on your own emotional of being how you

feel about yourself how you see yourself

its improvement and it can be as simple

as calling a friend and saying hey or

sending a text to somebody and telling

them something that you admire about

them or cooking someone dinner doing the

dishes you know I remember working at a

yoga studio awhile ago I got to chatting

with this lady by this really cool

necklace on and there's actually a

necklace in memory of her daughter that

she lost and so we got to talking kinda

lost track of time and so the yoga class

that she was going to was about to start

and she rushed in and forgot to pay and

I thought I'm just gonna pay for a class

what is it like five ten bucks it

doesn't have to be an extravagant action

research shows that even the little

things can go a long way and make a

powerful positive difference in terms of

your mental health so that's tip number

five tip number six is going to therapy

and I personally think everyone should

have a therapist everyone should be

going to therapy and actually dated

someone for a while we've struggled with

their mental health and sought therapist

to help them navigate that and while we

were dating I actually went to a couple

sessions with her and it was awesome to

just grow in our understanding of each

other and ourselves and it's probably

because yes you've got your friends and

you got your family and that can go a

long way but there's something about

talking to someone

knows their stuff and you can help you

work through it sadly I've also had a

couple friends who have struggled this

area with a co-occurring disorder or a

dual diagnosis which is a combination of

mental health and substance use

disorders that occur at the same time

and they're no longer with us and so

there's something that I could have said

or done or shared with them or given

them some tools to help them kind of

navigate that that's something I wish I

would have done and so if this is a

challenge that you're going through

there's honestly just nothing to be

ashamed of were learning and growing and

we have our own trials and our own

struggles and we're here to support each

other and encourage each other in nine

so that's why I want to make this video

to open up this conversation I thought

it was really cool that season the

Malibu wanted to partner with me in this

mission and make this possible and so

huge thank you to them and just to tell

you a bit more about them seasons in

Malibu is a CRA accredited dual

diagnosis luxury rehab an addiction

center in Malibu and they specialize in

everything from alcohol rehab the drug

rehab mental health treatment

co-occurring disorders outpatient

programs pairing individuals with sober

companions and aftercare and recovering

planning and with that they include

cutting-edge treatments like brain

spotting they do acupuncture massage

with story of therapies intensive

psychotherapy and ocean adventure

experiences like kayaking and surfing

and swimming which sound like a lot of

fun and you can check out more of what

they do on their website but what I

really like about them and what they do

is it's not just a one-size-fits-all

approach they offer a systemic approach

and they work with each person and each

individual on a case by case basis to

develop ok what's gonna be an effective

treatment for this individual and

actually have a friend who was really

near and dear to me who went to a

similar center not for addiction

treatment or rehab but for an eating

disorder and they were able to get

better and get the treatment that they

needed and so I'm a huge fan of centers

like this I encourage you to visit their

website and check them out and learn

more about what they do and what they're

all about but as always thank you for

watching comment below and let me know

what are your favorite tips things that

help you out in terms of dealing with

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