Host: Diane Gil, KeyKey Hussein Moore
Guests: Rastonya Lee M.Ed, LPC
In today’s episode of the Now What Podcast, Diane and KeKey are joined by special guest Rastonya Lee, M.Ed, LPC who shares her experience and encouragement for all of us to take care of ourselves, so that we can take care of those we love.
The episode includes personal experiences from Rastonya Lee’s childhood growing up in the suburbs during the white rush era, and the types of services offered by Serene Tranquility Counseling Services for achieving mental wellness and behavioral health.
We also discuss the importance of self care and mental wellness especially during these uncertain times, in addition to simple steps to make self care a priority now.
Diane and KeKey make a personal commitment to self care.
The stigma associated with self care has come a long way, but communities of color are still most challenged by resources to meet their basic needs (food, water, shelter,etc) often resulting in self care being last on the priority list.
It is not uncommon for people with access to resources (financial, private insurance, support systems) to have both a psychiatrist and/or therapist for maintaining mental wellness and also prioritize self care in their daily life.
Self-care is fundamental to knowing how to ‘bring in balance’ from both negative and positive polarities.
One can and most often will experience mental decline and/or have a difficult time coping when the mental state is out of its natural alignment with self.
Therapy is a form of life coaching, career planning, individual, marriage and couples, children and teenagers— counseling. It helps us achieve everything we ‘seek’ to be, by aligning oneself with the correct theoretical orientation that fits their needs.
Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) aims to improve mental health.
CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
One type of CBT is Self Care SPEMS (Social, Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual) which teaches 5 modules, concepts, interventions, and coping mechanisms for mental wellness.
Some tips for self-care include:
Live Healthy, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs and alcohol. Manage stress and go for regular medical check-ups.
Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way others view you and how you view yourself.
See friends to build your sense of belonging. Consider joining a support group to make new friends.
Try to do something you enjoy every day. That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading.
Find ways to relax, like meditation, yoga, getting a massage, taking a bath or walking in the woods.
Call To Actions: BREAK THE STIGMA TIED TO MENTAL HEALTH, SELF CARE, MENTAL ILLNESS
Look for opportunities to practice self care on your own.
Give yourself permission to seek support anytime you are your questioning ability or awareness.
Contact Rastonya Lee, LPC for a free consultation: https://counselingtranquility.com/
Rastonya Lee LPC SereneTranquility
Rastonya Lee Therapist Profile: https://www.psychologytoday.com/profile/703960
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