Tag: Anxiety

The Benefits Of Decreasing Screen Time

Social media has taken our society by storm. Between 2010 and 2015 the number of teens reporting feelings of depression surged to 33 percent in large national surveys. The troubling statistics have shown social media has been linked to negative outcomes in teenagers’ lives today. Depression from social media does not discriminate, those who are privileged, those who are less fortunate, those who are black, and those who are white are all targeted and susceptible. Teenagers in today’s society are much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

Decrease Feelings of Depression

All signs point to the screens. In a study preformed by the Pew Research Center, teens who spent five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely than those who spent less than an hour a day to have at least one suicide risk factor (depression, thinking about suicide, making suicide plan or attempting suicide). Spending more time on social media led to unhappiness, while unhappiness did not lead to more social media use. Time on social media takes time away from other activities that could be more beneficial to your child.

Promote Social Interaction

Children benefit from limited screen time immensely. Social interaction increases in person, which is one of the deepest wellsprings of human happiness. Feeling socially isolated is a major risk factor for suicide. In person activities benefit mental health, so it’s important to limit time spent on social media to promote this behavior.

A Good Night’s Sleep

It’s no shock that teens are spending less time sleeping. But, phones could be a culprit. It’s reported that teens who spend more time on their phones are more likely to not be getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep is also a major risk factor for depression. Getting the right amount of sleep benefits your heart and your mind. Teens who reported getting an adequate number of hours of sleep also reported an improvement in grades and sharpness in attention. They also reported lower stress levels and lower levels of anxiety. Limiting screen time for teens has numerous benefits that definitely need to be taken into consideration.

Depression and suicide have many causes such as family environments, genetic predisposition, and bullying. However, some teens become vulnerable who would otherwise not have had mental health issues. Teens can easily fall victim to feelings of depression due to too much screen time, not enough face-to-face social interaction, inadequate sleep, or a combination of all three.

 

Top 10 Self Care Tips

Mental health is extremely important and often overlooked. Stress, if left unchecked, can have dangerous consequences on your mental health. That’s where our self care techniques come in!

Sometimes you just need to put yourself first. With World Mental Health Day being today, our staff wanted to share their best self care tips to get you through stressful situations.

1. Indulge in your favorite treat.

“I have found that there is nothing chocolate can’t fix. After a long day of stressful classes I like to come home and unwind with some chocolate candy or ice cream and talk about my day with my roommates. The combination of the little sugar kick and the satisfaction of treating myself really boosts my mood.” – Alexandra Lohmann, Social Media Intern

2. Take a warm bath with sea salts or bubbles.

“I like taking a warm bath and adding a bath bomb and lots of bubbles to unwind from my day and to set aside some time to relax during my busy schedule. When i’ve had a really stressful day I like to add some bath salts to soothe my muscles and get some extreme relaxation. Lighting candles provides for an added calming effect.” – Emily Salvi, M.S./E.S. Intern

3. Read a book.

“Reading a good book is a great way to relax. When I practice self care I turn to some of my favorite novels. Reading is a great way to get new perspectives, learn tips, and clear your mind. Whatever situation you’re going through, there is most definitely a book for it, so check out some self care or inspirational books. From Coping to Thriving: How to Turn Self-Care into a Way of Life is a must read.” – Danielle Shelton, Clinical Director

4. Plan a fun activity.

“I always like planning something to look forward to at the end of the week. It’s like my light at the end of the tunnel! Whether it’s looking forward to a dinner date or a get together with friends, I always try to plan something. Doing activities that I do on a normal basis are always fun, because I can look forward to that new movie coming out or my favorite treat at Starbucks to go with my coffee.” – Brandi Reisher, M.S./E.S. Intern

5. Declutter your physical space.

“Cleaning to me is therapeutic. Decluttering my space gives me such a happiness boost and an overall good feeling. I can just scrub away my stress. It’s also nice to imagine my negative emotions going out with the junk when I throw something away or take the trash out.” – Mindi Rojas, Art Therapist

6. Cook your favorite meal.

“Nutrition is very important. But, every now and then when you’re feeling down you should cook your favorite meal. Time spent cooking is time spent relaxing, and the reward at the end is definitely worth every bite. Finding a healthier alternative to your favorite meal is also something that can be fun, i.e. instead of regular spaghetti try spaghetti squash.” – Jennifer Murphy, Registered Dietitian

7. Stay away from technology.

“What better way to care for yourself than putting the phone down and going outside and getting some fresh air. It’s nice to feel connected with yourself and the best way to do that is to stay away from technology for as little as an hour or as much as the whole day. Use that time to plan your day or plan your week. The point is to focus on yourself.” – Angela Chatfield, Clinical Social Worker

8. Write in a journal.

“Writing down your feelings and emotions is beneficial to your mental health. Writing in a journal can be an outlet for some, but can also just be for fun. Emotional release from journaling lowers anxiety and stress. I use it whenever I experience an emotional blockage and writing things out helps me better understand and cope with whatever situation i’m having problems with.” – Nari Jeter, Marriage and Family Therapist

9. Go for a walk.

“Taking a walk is always my go to for clearing my mind. It’s good because you’re moving around and engaging your muscles in activity. My tip would be to walk around your neighborhood or your local park to take in the scenery. It’s a good time to think and focus on yourself.” – Karen Gibbons, Mental Health Counselor

10. Listen to your favorite music.

“Listening to music is a great self care technique. Music has many benefits such as easing stress, improving sleep, and reducing depression. Despite music being mentally beneficial, it’s also fun. So, dance around to your favorite songs and have fun with it.” – Kelly Holden, Music Therapist

Mingle – Shop – Fundraise for Eating Disorder Treatment

 

So excited to announce that my friend Jennefer Castellano Porter and I will be hosting a India Hicks Party with the BLS Team @ 1210 E Park Ave on June 21st at 5:00-7:00 pm.

The Tallahassee Community is welcome and a percentage of the contributions will be donated to Project Heal to provide treatment grants for those struggling with eating disorders!

If the party reaches $2500 in sales India Hicks will triple her contribution to Project Heal. AWESOME!!! Can’t make it to the party…that’s ok…you can shop the link online and still participate. The link is active until June 27! https://www.indiahicks.com/event/project-heal-fundraiser/shopping