Back to School

As summer comes to a close, many students, teachers, and parents are faced with the hassle of the new school year. Here at the Clarity Psychological Group, we realize how especially stressful the return to school can be for all students, but especially those in high school and college. Below are a few tips for easing common school-related worries.

• Lighter but consistent exercise: While the beginning of the school year isn’t the best time to switch up your entire workout routine, you should still reserve time for exercise in your schedule. By lessening the intensity of your regime, you can maintain physical health and naturally relieve stress without exhausting yourself.
• Setting goals and rewarding yourself: Establishing and striving toward reasonable goals is vital for motivation, determination, and ultimately, success. Equally important is the ability to reward oneself for efforts and accomplishments—so treat yourself to a well-deserved indulgence!
• Outlining a schedule: Creating a schedule does wonders for quelling anxiety regarding the future. Having a basic, flexible plan for the upcoming week (or even day) can help you stay on track with minimal worry for things to come.
• Building relationships: One of the most beneficial decisions a student can make is to develop relationships with his or her professors and classmates. While your professor can answer your questions and offer guidance, the friends you make in class can act as study buddies and most importantly, reassure you—after all, you’re not going through this alone!

Again, returning to school can present a wealth of worries to almost all of us, but taking the time to plan ahead and engage actively in self-care can greatly reduce stress. To everyone returning to school this fall, we wish you success in your academic endeavors!

By Kadi Hinley (GSU Intern)

Did you know July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month?

What is Mental Health? Mental Health affects how we think, act, and feel. Mental Health includes our emotional, social well-being, and psychological-being. It is important at every stage in life from childhood and adolescence through adulthood (menatalhealth.gov).

Mental Health can be divided into a large spectrum of disorders. The disorders that affect minorities the most are anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia (healthyplace.com). At Clarity Psychological Group, we frequently see clients who experience depression, anxiety, and stress. Not all people diagnosed with depression or anxiety take medication. There are various strategies we employ to help a client who deals with depression or anxiety.

The best way to get help with a mental health disorder is to be able to talk to a therapist about your troubles. Therapists help clients adjust their lifestyle and modify the stressors in life that impact their overall well-being. Clients are often surprised by how they feel after just talking through some of their issues.

The role of mental health professionals is diverse. They deal with many mental health disorders, but also help clients who need guidance in their life choices. In order to learn more about mental health and illness there will be Twitter chats this month on the topic. You can subscribe by following @Minority Health.

Clarity Psychological Group has four therapists that are experienced with various mental health issues. Allow one of our therapists to answer your questions about counseling with a free brief phone consultation. You can call or email our office at 404-699-3170 or admin@claritypsychologicalgroup.com to schedule an appointment or your free phone consultation.

Written by Eileen Pelaez, (GSU Intern)