6 things you can do for someone in hospital with their mental health
"Most people who are diagnosed with a mental health condition will receive treatment whilst remaining to live at home. However, sometimes our mental health reaches the point where we can’t safely stay at home, and we need to spend some time in hospital.
It can be difficult to know what to do for someone who’s in hospital. We don’t want to do anything to upset them or make things worse, but equally, we don’t want to ignore them and leave them feeling alone and as though we don’t care about them."
11 ways to support a loved one who's living with anxiety
"When we are living with anxiety, it can important to recognise the achievement of doing something outside of our comfort zone. This could include things like leaving the house or meeting a friend for coffee. Though other people might do these things without giving them a second thought, for us they can be a massive challenge, and doing them is a huge achievement. It’s important to recognise these little victories because they can help to show us that we’re making progress. We don’t need you to arrive at our house with a congratulations card every time we do something difficult, but quiet recognition can show us that you realise how hard we’re trying, it can help to boost our confidence, and it shows us that you’re walking alongside us, and we’re not facing anxiety alone."
Six Different Types of Grounding Exercises for Anxiety & Intense Emotions
"When we're in the middle of an anxiety attack or flashback, our frontal lobe goes out the window. It feels impossible to focus or think clearly about anything and sometimes our thoughts come so quickly and jumbled we can't keep track of them. Things may seem like they are happening around us in a blur, or someone has been talking for several minutes and we have no clue what they just said. Sometimes we feel paralyzed or frozen, unable to move or say or do anything. This can happen with other intense or extreme emotions, too, like when we feel hurt or abandoned, hopeless, frightened, or lost.
Grounding is an excellent tool for these kinds of situations, and is one that can be used just about anywhere. By bringing our mind and our body back to the present moment, we can sometimes allow ourselves the space for our brain to slow down and feel a bit more centered, at least enough so we can let someone know what's going on or that we need help, or figure out what to do next."