The thing about gaslighting is that it's extremely hard to tell when it's happening to you — which is by design. It's a form of psychological manipulation where a person makes you question your own sanity — and it's something I've experienced firsthand.
While most therapists make it a priority to reassure parents they're doing a great job, they also try to help make the job of raising children a bit smoother by zeroing in on a handful of important reminders — some of which they don't always get the chance to say to parents directly. We asked 11 mental health professionals what they wish that parents of their young clients knew. The most common advice stemmed from reminding parents how integral their influence — direct or indirect — is on children, no matter the age. Here are the areas where therapists believe an extra dose of awareness could go a long way.
Ok, so everyone knows that regular exercise is a must if you want to attain and maintain good physical health – it lowers blood pressure, decreases the risk of heart disease and various cancers, the list goes on and on. But did you know that exercising in accordance with the public health recommendations is actually considered an effective treatment for people with mild to moderate depression (APA, 2014)? To be honest, I didn't realize that! I mean, I knew that the American Psychological Association (APA) recommends exercise for decreasing symptoms of depression, but I hadn't ever looked that closely at the research until preparing this post. And the research is compelling!
Improving your sleep habits is perhaps one of the most important and transformative changes you can make. As a clinician, I can speak to the most reliable and well-researched methods for improving sleep quality. As a chronic sufferer of insomnia, I can share some thoughts on how to actually apply this information.