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3 Easy Ways to Destress

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EASY WAYS TO DESTRESS

How to improve your mental
health from the privacy of home.

While many people think you only need to use behavioral health services if something is “wrong” with your mental health, that’s just not true. Therapy is a useful tool to help with big issues and everyday stressors. And with 7 out of 10 Americans saying stress impacts their life1 – it’s more important than ever to practice mental health awareness.

IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH WITHOUT LEAVING HOME

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, here are some tips to help you cope and strengthen your overall mental health:

 

PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
Our lives are always go, go, go, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when your work or home responsibilities start piling up. Practicing mindfulness – focusing on your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings in the present moment without judgment – can help you control your emotions and reactions to environmental triggers. And according to the Mayo Clinic, mindfulness exercises have been shown to improve your attention, decrease your risk of burning out, and help improve your sleep.

 

NUTRITION MATTERS MORE THAN YOU THINK
When we think about eating well, it’s usually related to your physical health, like losing weight or lowering your blood pressure, but what you eat can also help your mental health and reduce your stress and anxiety levels.

Many people’s diets are made up of processed foods and refined sugars, which lack the proper nutrition you need to keep your mind and body healthy. By eating more fruits and vegetables, you can get more essential vitamins and amino acids like vitamin B, iron, omega-3s, and zinc into your body – all nutrients that are shown to improve your body function, mood, and cognitive health. If you need help getting started, you can improve your diet with tips from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

 

SEE AN ONLINE THERAPIST
Everyone needs some support sometimes. Even if you already do a great job of managing your self-care, talking to an expert and getting their advice can be hugely beneficial. Now, seeing an online therapist is becoming more common – it’s estimated that 20% of Americans have seen a therapist in their lifetime2. And with online therapy, you can work one-on-one with the licensed therapist of your choice, all from the privacy and safety of home.

Benefits of using MDLIVE online therapy include:

Spend less time commuting

Spend less time commuting
Sitting in traffic can take a toll on your mental health, but you don’t have to go anywhere with online therapy. Plus, you never have to sit in a waiting room, saving you time and reducing anxiety about germs.

Finding the right therapist is easy

Finding the right therapist is easy
When you need someone to talk to about your personal life and mental health, connecting with someone you’re comfortable with is crucial. With our broad network of licensed therapists, we’re giving you the power to find the best long-term match for you. You can also switch providers at any time until you find a therapist you click with.

Flexible Appointments

Flexible appointments
When you need someone to talk to about your personal life and mental health, connecting with someone you’re comfortable with is crucial. With our broad network of licensed therapists, we’re giving you the power to find the best long-term match for you. You can also switch providers at any time until you find a therapist you click with.

“Working with MDLIVE has been a great experience. I have had the opportunity to treat patients who have had difficulty engaging in care with local psychiatrists, either due to inflexible work schedules, concerns of being seen in a psychiatrist’s office, or inability to find someone in their area who takes their insurance and is accepting new patients. This resource has opened a door for them that was otherwise closed.”

Nicole Washington, DO, MPH

Nicole Washington, DO, MPH

TAKE BACK CONTROL
Maintaining your mental health is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and using these techniques is a great way to start taking back control. And by working with an MDLIVE therapist, you can discuss even more tools you can use to improve your mental health from the privacy and safety of home.

 

Learn more about behavioral health with MDLIVE

1 CDC webinar: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/events/nhis-mental-health-webinar-2020-508.pdf
2 Vahratian, Anjel, et al. “Mental Health in the United States: New Estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics.” CDC, 23 Sept. 2020, www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/events/nhis-mental-health-webinar-2020-508.pdf.

Tags: mental health, mindfulness, behavioral health, mental health awareness, online therapist, online therapy


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