Mental Health Resources
Welcome to our Resource Page...
During this time of unprecedented unknowns and uncertainty the one thing we are sure of is that managing your mental and physical health is critical to your well being. It is our hope that you will utilize some of these resources to enhance your own well being and the well being of those around you.
Below you can find many of the resources we recommend to our clients everyday. Mental health is always important but in this time of uncertainty it becomes critical.
Managing your mental and physical health is critical to your wellbeing and takes intentionality:
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- Proper diet
- Mindfulness and relaxation
- Smiles and laughter
- Practicing gratitude
- Spiritual disciplines
- Connected relationships
Keep self-talk positive, encouraging, and hopeful
- TIP: Talk to yourself the way you would talk to someone you love.
- Avoid ruminating about the past or worrying excessively about the future, which creates “imaginary stress”
- Check out The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Manage Your Stress:
Increase Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness and self-management)
- Recognize signs of emotional dysregulation and activate positive coping to get the “rational brain” back in control of the “emotional brain”
Get adequate and efficient rest
- Adequate sleep strengthens the nerve circuits underlying learning and memory, allowing the brain to make and consolidate new and essential neural connections
- Tips for better sleep (see “sleep hygiene”)
Avoid negative coping such as: isolating*, escaping into video games/online activities, or abusing/misusing substances (*social distance is urged, but connect with others!)
Utilize TAO, a new emotional wellness resource for anyone with a ttu or ttuhsc email
- Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Pittman & Karle
- Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caoline Leaf
- I Hear You by Michael Sorensen
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Seek support through The Counseling Center (free and fully confidential)
Note: Seeking support is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of emotional intelligence!
Local resources and assistance:
Dr. Caroline Leaf
Switch on Your Brain
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAO has decided to make our Mindfulness Library free for everyone. Please feel free to share with family, friends, or anyone else who might benefit from enhancing their mindfulness practice. All exercises are available in both English and French: https://www.taoconnect.org/mindfulness-exercise/
TAO is an online resource for all students, staff, and faculty of TTU and TTUHSC. It is an excellent resource for all to use during this time of increases stressors.
Here are the steps to get you started in TAO:
In your browser window (Chrome or Firefox), navigate to thepath.taoconnect.org
Once you enter your university email address you will be redirected to the institution's login page.
Enter current credentials for TTUHSC.
Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank. Fill out the demographics and Informed Consent form, and click 'Sign Me Up!'
Check your email. You will be sent a confirmation link which you must click on before signing in.
*Attached you will find the pathway recommended for stress management: Stress Pathway
- The Impact of Sleep on Mood and Mental Well-Being
- How Addiction Affects Sleep
- Sleep Hygiene
- Dim the lights an hour before bedtime
- Avoid "blue light"
- Adopt a regular sleep schedule (even weekends) to reset circadian rhythms and increase meletonin production
- Avoid emotionally difficult talks/arguments at bedtime
- Set aside time to worry so that worry doesn't derail sleep
The term self-care describes the actions that an individual might take in order to reach optimal physical and mental health. Self-care can also refer to activities that an individual engages in to relax or attain emotional well-being, such as meditating, journaling, or visiting a counselor.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
*For more information on Mindfulness watch The Mind Explained: Mindfulness on Netflix
Mental health is the successful performance of mental function.
Mental illness is a diagnosed disturbance in thinking or feeling.
Suicide is a mixture of neurochemical vulnerability, desperation, and circumstance.
Wholehearted living is engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. -Brene Brown
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions. Recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. -Peter Salavoy and John Mayer
Attunement is the desire and ability to understand and respect your partner's inner world.
Make an Appointment
The Counseling Center @ TTUHSC provides consultation and therapeutic services to employers, and their employees, with the primary mission being to promote health and wellness in the workplace.
Call 806.743.1327 or 800.327.0328