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As a psychiatrist in Augusta County, VA, I find that there is nothing more important than keeping up your mental health. According to a study conducted by the Department of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill,

“Of Americans 25 years of age and older, 6.6% engaged in health-related self-care each day. Among those reporting self-care, mean time reported was 90 minutes (median, 15 minutes); 20.6% reported 2 hours or more. Regressions for 2006 to 2007 show that people aged 75 or older were 3.9 times as likely (95% CI, 2.7-5.8) to report self-care as persons aged 25 to 44. “

By the looks of it, not nearly enough people are taking care of themselves when they need to. With that in mind, here are 3 ways to take care of your mental health.

1. Write It Down

Putting pen on paper can be a a freeing and healing experience. Try keeping a journal or even just writing your anxieties and then throwing them away. If you need something more digital, there are some great self-care apps and even twitter bots like Tiny Care Bot and Aloe Bud, soon to be a self care app, that you can write to for advice and catharsis.

2. Use Your Support System

According to a study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin,

“Social support may have indirect effects on health through enhanced mental health, by reducing the impact of stress, or by fostering a sense of meaning and purpose in life”

That means, by leaning on your friends and family, and being honest about your mental health journey, you’re that much more likely to succeed.

3. Talk to a Psychiatrist in Augusta County, VA

Of course, the most important step is getting the help you need from a psychiatrist that can give you the right advice. If you’re ready to seek help, we’re the comprehensive outpatient therapy in Augusta County, VA you need to move forward. We do that by providing unparalleled treatment for mood disorders and related psychological problems. Our team is dedicated to comprehensive treatment that provides unparalleled care for mood disorders and related psychological problems. From creating cognitive behavioral therapy plans to individual counseling— we can give you the tools you need to unlock your future. To get started, contact us today.