Tag: Dr. Holland’s Mental Health Tips

Tips From the Expert: Staying Grounded

Tips for Staying Grounded

In a crazy world, it can be difficult to know how to keep grounded. Here are a few suggestions that I hope might be helpful.

LIMIT your exposure to social media and news coverage. Once you learn about a devastating event, ask yourself if it is helpful to see the same graphic images and listen to the same sound bites again and again. Set a timer if you need to.

KEEP moving! Physical activity boosts our mood, gives us energy and a sense of agency and empowerment.

GET support from trusted allies, friends, colleagues and organizations. Isolation can heighten our painful emotions making them harder to manage.

SUPPORT and help others who may be struggling. Generously is a powerful response to suffering. This can be as simple as lending an ear or helping organize a community event or sending a donation if you are able.

BREATHE consciously -- When we are stressed, when we are tired and overwhelmed, it’s easy to hold our breath without even knowing it. And when we do that, we deprive ourselves of oxygen, which, in turn, limits our ability to think clearly in the moment and do things like problem-solving and affect-regulation. Which means, it’s harder for us to calm ourselves down. And we want to calm ourselves down right? So, JUST BREATHE And make it a habit to check in with your breath as often as you can. You might be surprised at how much calmer and clearer you immediately feel by taking a minute to catch your breath.

TAKE ACTION! Doing something to create change can be mobilizing and help ease depression and feelings of helplessness and anxiety that can coincide with loss and overwhelm.

Contact your Representatives at State and Federal Levels.

Educate yourself about the issues that concern you most.

Talk to others and attend marches, rallies and protests