Mental Health Month

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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Tools to Thrive | Adapting After Trauma and Stress

Tools to Thrive | Adapting After Trauma and Stress

We all face trauma, adversity, and other stresses throughout our lives. When people think of trauma, they often think of things like abuse, terrorism, or catastrophic events (big 'T' trauma). Trauma can also be caused by events that may be less obvious but can still overwhelm your capacity to cope, like frequent arguing at home or losing your job (little 't' trauma). Trauma of any kind can be hard on your mental health but working on becoming more resilient can help you feel more at ease. If you or someone you know are dealing with trauma that affects their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for healing.…

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Tools to Thrive | Accepting Reality

Tools to Thrive | Accepting Reality

Sometimes in life, we end up in situations that we just can't change. Radical acceptance is all about fully accepting your reality in situations that are beyond your control. This doesn't mean you should approve of the situation, are giving up, or that it isn't painful. You are still allowed to (and should) feel however you feel, but by accepting that it is what it is, you give the problem less power over you and you can begin to move forward. If you or someone you know are going through a challenging time that affects their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for success.…

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