Human beings are inherently social creatures. As far back as we can trace, humans have traveled, hunted, and thrived in social groups and for good reason. Humans who were separated from their tribe often suffered severe consequences. Social groups provide us with an important part of our identity, and more than that, they teach us a set of skills that help us to live our lives. Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked.
For those experiencing bouts of unemployment, investing adequate time and attention to mental health care often falls last on the to-do list, but making it a priority can be extremely beneficial.
It’s important to address the situation you're facing and the emotional toll that can come with it. Feelings of shock and disbelief at being laid off or fired can turn into active distress and fatalistic tendencies, resulting in a loss of identity and feelings of frustration, anxiety, depression, and even hopelessness.
Each day you have tens, if not hundreds of social interactions. Whether you’re walking by someone on the sidewalk, ordering a coffee, calling about a utility bill, or talking with a coworker, these interactions have a huge impact on your day and your well-being. If you’re one of the seven percent of people living with social anxiety (social phobia), these interactions can make daily life extremely taxing.
While for some, Fourth of July celebrations can be a time of excitement, excess, and fun, for others it’s a trigger for an underlying mental health issue. With eating and drinking being the focus at the majority of these parties, those who are susceptible to addictive behaviors may find it difficult to take part without consequence. If you find that the pressure to eat or drink excessively has left you feeling out of control, consider the following five tips:
Trauma is an emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event, one that the majority (60%) of American men experience in the course of their lifetime. Those who experience trauma may exhibit signs of shock, denial, followed closely by feelings of intense fear, anger, and stress. It is common to have a stress reaction after experiencing a trauma, and these feelings usually gradually lessen with time. For the 4% of men whose stress reaction develops into posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and continues to interfere with their everyday lives, weeks, months, and even years after the incident, it’s important to reach out for help.
Mental health is so personal. What speaks the loudest is following along on the journey of someone who reminds us of ourselves. Of someone living their life, trying to navigate the hurdles and setbacks that life often puts in the way.