2021: A Year In Mental Health Through The Eyes Of Therapists – Refinery29

2021: A Year In Mental Health Through The Eyes Of Therapists – Refinery29

“It is important that we don’t feel isolated with these experiences or, worse still, misinterpret and internalise these experiences as meaning that we are ‘failing’.¬†When we misinterpret this as a failing in ourself we can feel huge amounts of additional anxiety, shame and stigma. Instead of blaming ourselves it can be useful to understand how stress affects our nervous system as this offers us a kind of framework to understand the different reactions that we might experience. When we take on board that these responses, such as irritability, anxiety and tension, are just normal biological reactions to tricky life circumstances, we have less need to label ourselves with words such as ‘weak’ or ‘pathetic’ or beat ourselves up (or others) with other negative self-talk.

Source: https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/a-year-in-mental-health-2021

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