Watch our Mental Health forum held Dec 28, 2022. Experts provided education and winning strategies in behavioral health. Featured: Angela Believes, Host,
Wellness & Winning – New Year Mindset
Eze Redwood, Entrepreneur & Consultant, Moderator; Ken Cheadle-Founder, KC Newman Solutions
Alex Villalobos-McAnderson-Founder, Villalobos Vitality
Depression & Anxiety-Helping Save Lives
Samara Molix-Marshall,President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater KC, Moderator
Tina Rambo-Faulkner-Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Dereck Dean-Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Through short videos, get education and tips from professionals in the areas of mental health and physical fitness.
Make this year the best year yet. It’s time to WIN.
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When life’s traffic gets out of hand…just S.T.O.P.
Managing Anxiety with the s.t.o.p. technique
Anxiety. It can appear, without warning. Like a good defensive driver, you’ve checked your rearview mirror, used your turn signals when necessary, and kept under the speed limit, but still anxiety approaches with ill intent. It enters your lane and introduces fear and nervous tension. It swerves, accelerates, and seems sure to impair your safety and change the course of your day. The only thing that offers some solace are the signs—exit, speed limit, and stop.
Just as they are on the road, stop signs are useful when grappling with life’s ups and downs. S.T.O.P. happens to be a great reference for managing anxiety and depression. It’s part of mindfulness—a practice which brings your attention fully to the present. S.TO.P. helps you take yourself out of the intense emotions that can control your thoughts and actions at that moment. In other words, it helps you manage the emotions you feel in that moment so you can be more productive.
Here’s what to do:
Common mental health illnesses
Here are a few illnesses to be aware of but take a self-test to determine if one of these could apply to your state:
- Clinical Depression (persistently feeling down, unmotivated, hopeless, overwhelmed which can affect day-to-day activities. It may require long-term treatment)
- Postpartum Depression (feelings of depression that occur after giving birth which could include loss of appetite and difficulty or inability to bond with the baby)
- Anxiety Disorder (responding to objects and situations with debilitating fear, often showing physical signs of panic)
- Bipolar Mood Disorder (huge swings between depression and over-active behaviors)
- Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia, overeating, purging)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (physical and mental symptoms after traumatic or terrifying events such as sexual or physical assault, natural disaster, or the unexpectant loss of a loved one). It can occur from experiencing or witnessing the event.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) unwanted thoughts or fears (obsessions) that lead you to repetitive behaviors (compulsions) which can interfere with daily life
- Addictions (persistent urge to engage in activities, whether use of food, drugs, nicotine, alcohol, sex, shopping, gambling, etc. which often lead to negative consequences)
The stuggle is real but you can win.
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