Your heart is racing. Your palms won’t stop sweating. You can’t catch your breath. It feels like a weight is on your chest...like you're losing your mind...it feels like you actually...might...die. This is not the first time it has happened, and it has an all too familiar feeling. It’s a panic attack. You want to run out of the room, but you’re sitting in a meeting, checking out at the market, or riding in the car. So, what can you do?
Work can be stressful. With demanding and oftentimes unrealistic expectations, it can often feel like you’re running on a hamster wheel. So, if quitting your job tomorrow isn’t a realistic option, what are some things you can do to manage the stress and feel better?
Depression often looks differently from person to person. Some symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts are more commonly known of and talked about. But, there are several other lesser talked about symptoms that are frequently seen in people who are depressed.
How can we possibly incorporate self-care into our lives when we’re overworked, exhausted, and time and money are in short supply? One of the biggest hurdles is changing our mindsets about what qualifies as self-care. Yoga, spin, massage, and vacation time are often out of the question when working your way through school or just starting out in your career. And for those who can afford these activities, time is often in short supply. Self-care should not be a one-size fits all model, because we all have different circumstances and needs. So, with this in mind, what are some realistic ways to incorporate self-care?
Mindfulness is a hot topic. You may have heard it mentioned in radio commercials, on tv, or even at happy hour. But, what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the act of purposefully calling your attention to the present moment without judgement. Its benefits have been well documented. Mindfulness can improve your concentration, reduce anxiety, and decrease racing thoughts. It can also help you to become a more active and aware participant in your daily activities and relationships.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening mental health crisis, please call 911 for immediate assistance. If you are in need of non life-threatening crisis support, please note the following resources are available to you within San Diego County:
San Diego Access & Crisis Line
Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
The Access & Crisis Line is a suicide prevention line, provides mental health crisis intervention services, and provides referrals to mental health resources throughout San Diego. Services are available free of charge and through multiple languages.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego
Available Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
(800) 523-5933 or (619) 543-1434
NAMI San Diego offers a helpline, support groups, education and community outreach to those experiencing mental health concerns and their loved ones. NAMI provides non-crisis phone support and referrals.
NAMI North Coastal
Available Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
NAMI North Coastal provides non-crisis phone support and referrals to those with mental health concerns and their loved ones from Del Mar to Oceanside and east to Vista and Rancho Santa Fe. NAMI North Coastal offers information, advocacy, education, and support groups.
Torie Cueto, LMFT
Torie is a licensed therapist in San Diego, California providing individual therapy for adults both in-person and online.