Mental Health Tips

How to Tell the Difference Between Moods, Feelings, and Emotions

How to Tell the Difference Between Moods, Feelings, and Emotions

While most of us have a general idea of what it means to be in a good mood versus a bad mood, we might find it more difficult to explain the difference between moods, feelings, and emotions. Put simply, emotions can turn into moods, moods can affect emotions, and feelings are how we interpret our emotions.…

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10 Steps to Building Resilience

10 Steps to Building Resilience

Life does not come with a road map—everyone will experience stressors and challenges. These adversities affect each of us differently as related to our thoughts, emotions, reactions, and behaviors. Becoming more resilient helps us get through difficult circumstances, empowers individual growth, and can improve our lives. Resilience allows us to adapt to challenges and situations, and manage anxiety and stress so it doesn’t impair our day-to-day functioning.…

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Supporting a Friend Struggling with Depression

Supporting a Friend Struggling with Depression

When someone we care about is struggling, it's tempting to want to "cure" them. While we can't do that, we can take steps to support them in their mental health journey.…

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How to Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer

How to Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer

It's hard to know what to do or say when someone you love has a serious illness like cancer. Here are 7 practical ways to provide the support they need.…

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Tools to Thrive | Taking Time for Yourself

Tools to Thrive | Taking Time for Yourself

There are always a handful of roles that each of us are juggling. If you are a parent, a student, an employee, a caretaker, someone struggling with a mental health concern, or are just feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of day-to-day life, the idea of taking time for yourself may seem unimaginable. Sometimes it can be difficult to even take basic care of ourselves — but there are small things that can be done to make self-care and taking time for ourselves a little bit easier. If you or someone you know struggles to take time for themselves and it is affecting their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for taking care of yourself.…

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Tools to Thrive | Processing Big Changes

Tools to Thrive | Processing Big Changes

Change is a guaranteed part of life. It's something everyone experiences at one point or another — good or bad. Sometimes that change happens in big ways when we aren't expecting it or aren't prepared for it. These types of situations can make navigating your path forward really difficult. By providing yourself with tools for processing change, you can adapt more easily. If you or someone you know are attempting to process big changes and it is affecting their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for processing change.…

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Tools to Thrive | Getting Out of Thinking Traps

Tools to Thrive | Getting Out of Thinking Traps

It's easy to fall into negative thinking patterns and spend time bullying yourself, dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It's part of how we're wired — the human brain reacts more intensely to negative events than to positives ones and is more likely to remember insults than praise. During tough times, negative thoughts are especially likely to spiral out of control. When these thoughts make something out to be worse in your head than it is in reality, they are called cognitive distortions. If you or someone you know are struggling to get out of thinking traps that affect their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for challenging negative thoughts.…

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Tools to Thrive | Dealing With Anger and Frustration

Tools to Thrive | Dealing With Anger and Frustration

In challenging times, you may find that you have little patience with other people or get upset over minor things. Anger and frustration are complicated emotions that often stem from other feelings, like disappointment, fear, and stress. Taking some extra steps to decrease your overall tension can prevent your feelings (and the reactions that they cause) from spiraling out of control. If you or someone you know are dealing with intense anger and frustration that affects their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for coping.…

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