Gratitude is an Attitude

November encourages us to embrace the power of gratitude. Gratitude has the power to shift our focus on negativity to appreciating the positive aspect in our lives. Daily gratitude provides a deeper connection to self, to others, and to the world around us.

Gratitude is a psychological booster in a big way – think mental health therapy! Research shows that gratitude can improve our overall level of health and well-being, enhancing our moods, and decreasing stress. Grateful people have fewer stress-related illnesses like depression and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and are more physically fit, happier, and have more satisfying personal and professional relationships. Even grateful kids are more likely to get A’s in school.

So what does it mean to be grateful? Well, it doesn’t mean pretending everything is fine or being in denial about anything that is going wrong. Cultivating gratitude means choosing to focus your attention on what you appreciate thus, controlling your experience. Because let’s be honest, sooner or later things don’t go our way and life feels out of control. Gratitude gives us something we can control, our thoughts! It’s about appreciating the wonderful ordinary things that we often take for granted. Gratitude is an attitude!!

There are only two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

By giving attention to the positive, we rebalance our thoughts and emotions. We can use gratitude as a tool to experience joy even when we are having a hard time. But how? How can we practice gratitude? Here are a few easy ways to start brining gratitude in to your every day:

  • The best way to start practicing gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal, noting things you are grateful for each day.
  • Gratitude meditation is another good way to practice gratitude. 
  • Handwritten letters and notes are simple and meaningful ways to give thanks to the people in your life
  • You can always donate your time by volunteering. Volunteering is selfless and a wonderful way to express gratitude towards the organizations and people working to help others.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, November is truly a time of giving thanks. Gratitude generates a positive impact on personal and mental well-being. Practicing gratitude isn’t a replacement for therapy. New Perspectives Therapeutic Services has licensed therapists who provide convenient and affordable online therapy.

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Kindness Matters.

And there’s scientific research to back it! People who are kind and compassionate show significant reduced stress and improved emotional well-being. We often push kindness to the side in favor of stress, because we are too busy, or maybe we just aren’t paying attention. But if we take the time to be kind – to other people and to ourselves – we can reap the emotional rewards! It can really make a difference and especially for people who are struggling or in a vulnerable position.

If you are in a position where you are not being kind to yourself or to others and feel you need help, you want to talk about it or vent, New Perspectives Therapeutic Services is here now. We have a variety of treatment options with licensed therapists and counselors available. Contact a licensed therapist now. We are located in Jacksonville, Florida but provide virtual sessions across Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

What are the health benefits of kindness?

  • Helping others feels good
  • Kindness creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation
  • It helps keep things in perspective
  • It helps to make the world a happier place
  • The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself

It’s easy to appear kind in our digital environment but harder to commit to it in our daily behavior and actions. However, kindness is contagious and one small act leads to more and more. Kindness could also be built in to business decisions and government policy in a way that supports everyone’s mental health and also reduces discrimination and inequality. But that starts by individual commitments to showing kindness in our own words and actions.

How can I show kindness?

Here are several ways you can show kindness every day:

  • To yourself:
    • Prioritize “me” time so you can relax and do the things you enjoy
    • Treat yourself to something small
    • Spend time in the nature
    • Exercise and take care of yourself physically
  • At home and in your community:
    • Call a friend
    • Volunteer for a local event
    • Send flowers
    • Help a neighbor
    • Check on someone who you know is struggling
  • At work:
    • Say hi to colleagues, remember their birthday and special life happenings
    • Offer to support a colleague with a project
    • Listen to a colleague who is having a bad day
    • Praise a colleague for a job well done
  • In public places:
    • Open doors for others
    • Smile and say hello to people you pass by
    • Be a consider driver/bicyclist
  • On social media:
    • Write an encouraging post or share a special quote
    • Think about your comments and replies before posting; try not to say nasty things
    • If it isn’t kind, think twice

You can find so much joy in being deliberately kind! It doesn’t have to take too much time and doesn’t have to cost money. An act of kindness can be as simple as a compliment. Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health – and you are the person who can make a difference! For more ideas on how to show kindness, find support at New Perspectives Therapeutic Services.

Nigeria McHellon, MSW, LCSW
nm.newperspectivestherapy@gmail.com
Call or Text: (904) 439-6524

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Depression. Anxiety. Trauma. Stress. I know you’re tired. You’re fed up. You’re so close to breaking…

You are not alone. Each year millions of Black Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness month and now more than ever we need to find appropriate support, understanding… strategies to help find the comfort and confidence… the wellness we all deserve.

Historical dehumanization, oppression, and violence against Black Americans has evolved into present day racism. Which in turn cultivates a mistrust and more impoverished experience amongst the black community leading to inadequate access to mental health care. When this is coupled with shame and weakness that is unfairly attached to mental illness we are left feeling uncertain, isolated. The stigma is real.

Hope for recovery is real too. We are living in a time of mass traumas – COVID-19 and isolation, grief from financial and human losses, police brutality, racial violence, political rhetoric, fear. You cannot be expected to face trauma alone. New Perspectives Therapeutic Services offers licensed clinical therapy specializing in:

  • Anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Coping with medical conditions such as cancer and infertility
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life stress and transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Relationship and Intimacy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
  • Veteran and post-deployment

Learn strategies to cope, change your thought pattern, build confidence and acceptance. Realize your potential.

And begin to heal. Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health.

Contact Nigeria McHellon at: NM.newperspectivestherapy@gmail.com or Call or Text: (904) 439-6524

“I have an extensive background working with individuals – children, adolescents, and adults – families, and couples. I use evidence based therapeutic approaches in my work and believe that everything in life is full of purpose. Each experience we go through can be used as a catalyst to grow. Let’s talk it out.”

Now Offering: Crisis Intervention

crisis intervention or demand therapy is an immediate and short-term emergency response to mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral distress. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest ER.

**If you would like to speak to a licensed therapist immediately, please call or Text: (904) 439-6524**

Crisis can be defined as one’s perception or experience of an event or situation as an intolerable difficulty that exceeds the person’s current resources and coping mechanisms.

  • A crisis can refer to any situation in which the individual perceives a sudden loss of his or her ability to use effective problem-solving and coping skills.
  • A number of events or circumstances can be considered a crisis: life-threatening situations, such as natural disasters (such as an earthquake or tornado), sexual assault or other criminal victimization; medical illness; mental illness; thoughts of suicide or homicide; and loss or drastic changes in relationships (death of a loved one or divorce, for example).
  • Crisis intervention is the urgent and temporary care given to an individual in order to interrupt the downward spiral of maladaptive behavior and return the individual to their usual level of pre-crisis functioning.
  • Crisis intervention also refers to the methods used to offer immediate, short-term help to individuals who experience an event that produces emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral distress or problems.

Crisis intervention is focused on minimizing the stress of the event, providing emotional support and improving the individual’s coping strategies in the here and now. Like psychotherapy, crisis counseling involves assessment, planning, and treatment, but the scope is generally much more specific. Crisis intervention is a time-limited intervention with a specific psychotherapeutic approach to immediately stabilize those in crisis.

Crisis intervention has several purposes. It aims to:

  • Reduce the intensity of an individual’s emotional, mental, physical and behavioral reactions to a crisis.
  • Help individuals return to their level of functioning before the crisis.
  • Improve functioning above and beyond this by developing new coping skills and eliminating ineffective ways of coping, such as withdrawal, isolation, and substance abuse.
  • Assist individual in coping with future difficulties more effectively.

New Perspectives Therapeutic Services offers crisis intervention for those in need of help now. Call or Text: (904) 439-6524 for help now or email NM.NewPerspectivesTherapy@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

Men’s Mental Health Matters

This virtual program offers reflection, encouragement, and confidence building in a supportive and nurturing environment.

This 6-session program for men will discuss topics including boundaries and balance, emotional intelligence, accountability, self-value and more!

Presented by Licensed Clinical Therapist, Nigeria McHellon, there are two group dates to choose from! Email, call or text 904-439-6524 to apply!