Caring for your mental Health

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Michelle Barratt Psychology is a Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly Clinical Psychology Practice, and aims to provide treatment for Caring for your mental Health in Brisbane at the highest standard. The practice values implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support their clients feel safe, heard and understood, but also strives to offer effective treatment that will empower clients to learn new skills to support them in the future. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

The following information on a good mental health is having an overall sense of ‘positive’ wellbeing mentally; feeling confident, having a well-balanced sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and a sense of identity. A healthy mental wellbeing is when we are able to fully enjoy and appreciate those around us, feel good in our day-to-day life and function positively in our environment.

Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to provide effective treatments at the highest level; implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support a person feel heard and understood, but a treatment plan that empowers their clients to manage their disorder effectively.

Our therapeutic values aim to support all children, all adolescents, and all adults, couples and family’s work through their presenting issues to succeed in their ultimate wellbeing. 

When We Are Mentally Healthy We Can:

  • Engage with people around us positively.
  • Be able to form and maintain personal relationships in a positive/healthy manner.
  • Basically be able to plan, time-manage and problem-solve.
  • Want to implement goals and move toward them.
  • Feel a sense of achievement when we reach those goals or complete tasks and want to implement new ones.
  • Be able to manage our emotions in conflict and negotiate with others positively.
  • Be able to engage in activities through our week, and perhaps engage in new hobbies or want to explore the world around us.
  • Feel confident in who we are, and tend to know who we are, and engage with others around us based on that identity (called ‘High Self-Esteem’)..
  • We can tend to bounce quite quickly back from life’s challenges (called ‘resilience’).

How can we improve our mental health?

To improve our mental health we need to begin with the awareness of how we function in the world; internally and externally. How do we feel and respond in every situation we engage with, as well as be aware of how others are receiving us in these circumstances. First of all ….
Find someone you feel you can trust to talk to and confide in them regularly telling them about your thoughts and feelings (this could be a professional or a trustworthy confidante’ or an accountability partner).
To build awareness, first practice ‘giving your mind the chance to be still” and learning to be in the present (Meditate for at least 15 mins a day).

  • Find the time to exercise regularly, even if it’s 10-15 mins a day or 3 x a week.
  • Eat healthy meals, and if you are time-poor try to plan your meals.
  • Eat regularly through the day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner; if unsure see the support of a ‘dietician’ through your GP).
  • Sleep healthily: meaning you need to get approximately 7-8 hours of sleep at night and on evaluation of your sleep routine, make sure it is not disturbed sleep.
  • Spend time with friends and loved ones.
  • Develop new skills and spend time learning new fun things to do.
  • Find time to relax and absorb the last few days (to process and reflect).
  • Start up your hobbies again and if they don’t feel like fun to do anymore, find the time to start up a new hobby; don’t be afraid to explore and try new things. No one says you have to like everything you try, but exploring and trying new things could be fun.
  • Set realistic goals; meaning take one goal and break it down into smaller more manageable goals

If you are concerned about anything – seek a health practitioner to speak to who can refer you to the appropriate health professional to support you.

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