Effective Ways to Cope with Emotional and Mental Health Problems

When you are struggling with anxiety, depression, and a myriad of other mental health issues, you may feel out of control. Summit Malibu can help you with your disorder diagnosis, while also providing tips on coping with emotional and mental health problems. It is not about making the problems go away but learning how to react to them in a positive way.

Aim For Contentment

Sometimes the problem is that people set their mental health bar much too high, thinking that constant elation and happiness means you are well-adjusted and successful. Aim for contentment, that inner peace that tells you that you are in the right place at the right time. Simple abundance is the key to a contented life, and these 15 simple tips can help you achieve it.

    1. Identify your triggers – Understand the people, places, stimuli, events that set you off.
    2. Improve your communication skills – Practice how you respond to triggers.
    3. Refine your reactions – Don’t change you, change how you react.
    4. Take your time – Analyze a situation before you react.
    5. Practice mindfulness – Be in the moment.
    6. Develop stress management techniques – Make them second nature so you don’t even have to think about using them, they just come naturally.
    7. Avoid toxicity – Stay away from people and situations that are negative to you. It’s ok to be choosy; quality over quantity.
    8. Embrace gratitude – Every day be thankful for the little things—being able to tie your shoes, having food in your refrigerator, seeing the smile of a loved one.
    9. Find balance – Calculate what works best for you in work, play, love, and life.
    10. Review your life – Does it have meaning to you? If not, what needs to change?
    11. Roll with it – Be resilient and flexible and accept things as they are, not as you imagined they would be. Life throws curveballs.
    12. Be active – A healthy life can lead to contentment.
    13. Do Good – Volunteer, help a neighbor, perform random acts of kindness.
    14. Be creative – Draw, paint, color, write, bake, landscape—whatever it is, you are adding beauty to the world.
    15. Reflect, don’t ruminate – Consider a situation, determine the positive and the negative, make a plan of what you can do differently next time, and then move on.

These ideas will not make mental health disorders go away, but they may help you feel more balanced and prepared to handle challenging situations, leaving you less likely to spin into a negative state. They may be helpful in coping with emotional and mental health problems.

The treatment programs at Summit Malibu can help you plan a route to recovery that is customized to your needs. Please contact us today for more information about our beautiful facilities, programs, activities, staff, and any other questions you may have.

How To Overcome Deep Depression and Anxiety Without Using Drugs

Overcoming Depression and Anxiety

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are affected by depression worldwide, yet anxiety and depression continue to have a stigma that prevents many people from seeking professional help. Instead, they turn to drugs to numb the pain and provide some semblance of “normal” functionality. Too often this substance use turns into substance abuse which ends up becoming substance addiction. There are ways to overcome depression and anxiety without the use of drugs.

Depression and Anxiety

Depression can be brought on by a combination of traumatic events, prolonged stress/abuse, genetics, and/or chemical imbalances. Being sad is not the same as suffering from depression, but prolonged sadness is. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is wise to speak to a mental health professional:

  • Incessant sadness
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Chronic malaise
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Persistent listlessness
  • Isolation
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness

The struggles of anxiety can lead to a deep depression. The constant worry associated with anxiety can trigger depression and compound the symptoms.

Depression and Drug Use

Mental health professionals can prescribe a variety of safe drugs for depression and anxiety, but oftentimes people either do not have the resources to seek out this medical attention or, as their anxiety dictates, they worry about what others may think if they are being treated for depression and anxiety. To dull the pain, some people turn to illicit substances like these, which can lead to drug abuse:

Overcoming Deep Depression and Anxiety

In addition to professional assistance and therapy, there are many steps you can take in your daily life to help you to manage how to overcome deep depression:

  • Change your social circle.
  • Avoid toxicity, including food, drink, tobacco, drugs, and people.
  • Use exercise to manage negative thoughts—walk, hike, swim, or just try deep breathing or meditation.
  • Get some sun, sand, water, earth, and wind each day.

Overcoming depression can happen, and your life will change dramatically once you identify the triggers and manage your anxiety and depression. Do not turn on yourself and mask those feelings with drugs. Instead, turn to us at Summit Malibu to start looking outward and upward and enjoying the beauty that surrounds you.

How To Have a Healthy Relationship While Going Through Recovery

Healthy relationships take work and dedication in all situations. When you or a loved one are going through recovery, relationships need healthy doses of honesty and openness to survive and maintain integrity. If you are the one going through recovery, it is important for you to recognize your needs and put yourself first, while also acknowledging the feelings of those who surround you.

What To Watch For

When you have made that very important and brave decision to lead a life of sobriety, you will need to be cognizant of your lifestyle and those with whom you surround yourself. If people in your life draw you into a downward spiral of negative thoughts and/or activities, it may be time to distance yourself from them.

When starting a new relationship, be upfront with that person. Explain right from the start that you do not drink or use other drugs. It is up to you how much detail you share, but ultimately that is all they need to know. If they are right for you, they will accept it without question, or their questions will be supportive, not damaging.

How To Help Yourself Maintain a Healthy Relationship

Self-actualization is a big component of recovery. You will need to be aware of yourself, your surroundings, and your reactions to people and things. It is important to review your triggers. If you are staying away from alcohol and suddenly find yourself desperately wanting a drink, take time for yourself to review what may have triggered this response. Was it something someone said or did? Is it a certain location or social situation? Understanding your reactions will help you mold your life to better suit your new healthier lifestyle.

If you feel yourself getting anxious or frustrated, there are a number of things you can do to deescalate the situation. If you are struggling with how to have a healthy relationship, try these techniques for yourself:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Me time
  • Open communication with your partner

At Summit Malibu, we understand that recovery is more than a medical process. Our staff, one-on-one patient treatment, true privacy, and holistic recovery program set Summit Malibu apart from most other treatment facilities. Contact us today for more information about our facilities, activities, and programs or if you are interested in starting the admissions process. We look forward to working with you.

Maintain a Healthy Balance in Addiction Recovery

It is easy to get caught up in the bustle of life and to stop doing the the things needed to maintain healthy balance. Once off kilter it is so easy to fall into the traps of our negative behaviors, and for addicts and alcoholics that often means falling back into the throes of their addiction.

Relapse really starts before the actual drink or drugging. It shows its’ glaring face in other aspects of life and thought patterns. This is why it is so important to maintain a healthy balance in addiction recovery.

Here are a few warning signs to look out for. When you see these signs in your own life it may be a red flag to get back on track and into a healthy routine.

You Are Perpetually Sick

You Are Super Irritable

You Simply Can’t Concentrate

You Feel Like Everything Is A Chore

You Feel Down In The Dumps

You Experience A Breakdown

You Feel Incredibly Anxious

You Never Take Time For Yourself

You Feel The Days Blurring Together

You Feel Kinda Rundown

You Never Eat A Real Meal

Check out this article to learn more and to see what these signs are really telling you about what’s going on in your life:

11 Signs You Might be Spreading Yourself too Thin

Creating a Healthy Routine when Times are Tough

There are times when life gets hard, and everything seems to be going wrong. It often makes people feel overwhelmed and hopeless. This is particularly true of those suffering from addiction.

But, there are some tools that you can use to make things feel better, and help you to get through the rough times.

Summit’s Clinical Director, Kim Chronister, PsyD, was featured in this article for Bustle, higlighting some great tools to use to turn the tough patches of life around.

The tools include:

Try Something New

Set Intentions Every Morning

Get To Cleanin’

Do The Thing That Scares You

Build Up From Small Changes

Force Yourself To Have Fun

Go Hang Out With Cool People

Fake A Better Attitude

Take Some Time To Assess

Have Yourself A Good Cry

Be All About The Lists

Make A Plan To Reach Your Goals

Remember You Aren’t Alone


Check out the article here to learn more:

13 Ways to Fix Your Life, When it Feels Like Everything is Going Wrong