6 Mental Health Blogs to Visit for a Healthy New Year
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Is anyone else suffering from a post-holiday mental health slump? After the stress and busy schedules of the holiday season, many of us are likely feeling drained and low – or maybe it’s because we are missing our holiday decorations. But the beginning of the year is the perfect time to refocus on our mental health and wellbeing.
These mental health blogs offer advice, research, and personal stories to help anyone navigate the ups and downs of mental health in the new year and beyond.
The blog from the National Alliance on Mental Illness is one that we’ve recognized before and it definitely warrants another mention here. The organization “envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.”
Readers can search for helpful content on several topics, which range from Agoraphobia to binge-eating, stress management, and insomnia. I’d also recommend exploring the rest of the NAMI site, which offers help for spotting warning signs of mental illness, tips for caregivers, a HelpLine, a video library, and more.
Read these recent posts:
- The Widely Neglected Healing Power of Music
- The “Happiest” Time of The Year: Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
- The Importance of Prioritizing Emotional Wellness over Academic Achievement
Follow @NAMICommunicate on Twitter.
— NAMI (@NAMICommunicate) January 4, 2023
2. ADAA Blog
The Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international nonprofit searching for treatments – and eventually cures – for anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. It provides evidence-based educational resources, scientific research, and expertise from mental health professionals to improve the quality of life of those suffering from mental health disorders.
The blog regularly posts tips for spotting symptoms and coping with a variety of mental health issues. Content can also be sorted by demographic, like adolescents, BIPOC, veterans, and more.
- What is Toxic Masculinity and How it Impacts Mental Health
- Steps to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the Holiday Blues
- Mindful Meditation Works for Everyone
Follow @ADAA_Anxiety on Twitter.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes referred to as the “winter blues,” is more than just a change in mood. ADAA board member @DrKrystalLewis goes over the symptoms of SAD and provides ways to help overcome the gloominess of SAD.
Read more here: https://t.co/BJ1chNll9t
— Anxiety and Depression Association of America (@ADAA_Anxiety) December 27, 2022
Mindful promotes the use of mindfulness to help “people enjoy better health, foster more caring relationships, and cultivate a more compassionate society.” The company offers courses and corporate training, but its site is also full of useful information via its blog posts.
The mental health category offers a variety of posts and podcasts to help readers develop a mindful practice to help with anxiety, burnout, and more.
Check out these posts:
- Try the HALT Practice to Tune In to What Your Body Needs [podcast]
- The Power of Sustainable Self-Care
Follow @MindfulOnline on Twitter.
Learn soothing breath and movement practices to help you wind down for sleep with Sara Ivanhoe, Yoga Director at the University of Southern California. 😴 https://t.co/1IiCCcPP6s
— Mindful (@MindfulOnline) January 4, 2023
The Mighty is a very active online health community that offers editor-curated posts from users “who have been there.” Mental health is just one of the many topics covered on the forum. “Just like physical health, mental health is something everybody can actively work on,” the site explains.
With more than 3 million users and 50,000 personal health stories, readers are likely to find a health journey that they’re able to identify with and gain advice from.
Check out these helpful posts:
- 10 Reasons Why Writing Lists Boosts My Mood
- 8 Ways to ‘Check In With Yourself’ When You’re Struggling With Your Mental Health
- How to Change Your iOS Settings for Your Mental Health
Follow @TheMightySite on Twitter.
"Getting myself back into a healthy routine is crucial in order to keep my health on track when living with mental and physical health conditions."https://t.co/l0lVLo0srG
— The Mighty (@TheMightySite) January 4, 2023
Blurt brings together those who have been through depression and those currently going through it. The UK-based company, which operates as a Social Enterprise that drives profits back to the community it serves, aims to increase awareness and change the stigma surrounding depression that prevents people from seeking out help.
In addition to resources like helplines and online therapists, the site also has a regularly updated blog that offers advice for coping, treating, living with, and seeking help for depression and anxiety. Most posts include an audio version if you’d rather consume the posts on the go.
These posts were good reads:
- Coping With Bad Mental Health Days When We Live Alone
- 8 Ways to Emotionally Support Someone With Depression
- Our Very Thoughtful Gift Guide, 2022 (really, bookmark this one)
Follow @BlurtAlerts on Twitter.
Self-Care For Work Days https://t.co/DWIJZpJotG
— The Blurt Foundation (@BlurtAlerts) January 4, 2023
If you’re in search of the facts and figures surrounding mental health, check out the National Elf Service’s website. The blog shares summaries of evidence-based mental health research and guidance that are written by an expert team of mental health academics and practitioners.
Readers can find information on a wide variety of mental health topics, including risk factors, advocacy, caregiving, psychotherapy, and much more.
The in-depth posts include sections for the research methods, results, conclusions, limitations, and implications for treatment.
Recent posts to check out:
- Having a sense of purpose is associated with reduced loneliness
- Can gaming interventions help treat youth depression or anxiety?
- Telemental health: mega-blog on remote mental health care during the pandemic
Follow @Mental_Elf on Twitter.
"Are home treatment teams more effective compared to usual care in an acute mental health crisis? This new trial conducted in Amsterdam investigates."https://t.co/PEekehZsqT pic.twitter.com/Dqwr70wUrt
— The Mental Elf (@Mental_Elf) December 15, 2022
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Rocky Parker is the Manager of Audience and Journalist Engagement at Cision PR Newswire. She's been with the company since 2010 and has worked with journalists and bloggers as well as PR and comms professionals. Outside of work, she can be found trying a new recipe, binging a new show, or cuddling with her pitbull, Hudson.