This week, we heard a shared trench story of military deployment, anxiety, and PTSD—told from two perspectives. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in this trench. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!
This article offers an introduction to poetry therapy, which can "use existing literature as part of treatment or encourage those in therapy to produce their own literary works to express deep-seated emotions."
Many psychologists agree that "poetry writing can help reframe thoughts about a challenging or unsettling experience."
"[Learn] how you can use poetry to address mental health in your life and community."
Read a poet's explanation of why he thinks writing and reading poetry is so beneficial to good mental health.
As this author explains it, "I read and write poetry so that I can better understand myself and those around me."
"We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness?"
"We can choose to perform exercises that will help us learn to regulate our thoughts, manage our emotions, and behave productively despite our circumstances—the three basic factors of mental strength."
"Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life."
By changing your breathing patterns during an anxiety attack or panic attack, you can help reverse some of the negative symptoms and instead trigger your body's relaxation response.