Category: Mental Health

Mental Health Myths Debunked: What You Really Need to Know

In a world full of information and misinformation, understanding the truth about mental health is more important than ever. Myths and misconceptions can create stigma, prevent people from seeking help, and even worsen mental health conditions. In this post, we’ll debunk some common mental health myths, providing you with accurate and helpful information.

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Getting Started with Therapy: What You Need to Know

At Pathway Psychiatry and Counseling Center, we understand that taking the first step toward therapy can be a big decision. We’re here to help you navigate this journey and provide you with a better understanding of what to expect when you start therapy. Our team of dedicated therapists is committed to helping you on your path to emotional and mental well-being.

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How to Effectively Use Self-Care for Improved Mental Health

In the whirlwind of our daily lives, taking time for self-care often ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. However, self-care isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity, especially when it comes to maintaining good mental health. In this blog post, we’ll explore the art of self-care and how it can significantly improve your mental well-being. Discover practical strategies to make self-care an integral part of your life.

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Tips for Improving Mental Health

If you are looking for tips to improve your mental health, check out Dr. Ashley Gardner’s tips for improving your coping skills during stressful times. Practicing these easy and everyday tips are a great step to help you achieve a happy and healthy mind!

Tips for improving mental health.

Tips for Improving Your Mental Health

Find coping skills that work for you. Separate the useful skills from those that are not a good fit, and practice those

  1. Practice “guided imagery” or visualization. Imagine a place or situation you find relaxing, and picture this in your mind, engaging as many senses as possible (smells, sights, sounds, textures).
  2.  Schedule some down time without devices or distractions, perhaps taking a “technology holiday” one weekend day a week.
  3. Try setting a sleep schedule. A bedtime routine that you perform every night (such as showering, then 15 minutes of reading) can help train your mind to wind down in the evenings.
  4. Practice meditation using an app – there are several free options available!
  5. Spend time with supportive friends and family. Maintaining healthy relationships helps avoid loneliness, which is a known risk factor for depression.
  6. Find activities that bring you joy like gardening, cooking, or hiking. Having an outlet for stress is important in maintaining your mental health.
  7. Pick any type of exercise and be faithful to it, such as walking, biking, or yoga. Studies show that 30 minutes of exercise 5 times per week has a measurable positive effect on mood, similar to the effect size seen with antidepressants!

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Ashley Gardner

If you are interested in learning more about how to address your mental health, or are seeking psychiatric treatment, contact our office today at (214) 997-4459.


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