Whether your plans this spring include a relocation for work or you are simply moving to another part of the city to be closer to your job, ensuring that you have a network of people to support you and your mental health needs is critical.
Between the anxiety and stress of the move, the depression many people feel after leaving their friends or family, and the pressure to unpack and meet job performance requirements, it's no wonder that people often experience setbacks in their mental health during this time of transition. If you're searching for a psychologist in Charlotte NC that you can trust, call Legacy Freedom today.
Preparing yourself for your mental health needs in your new location is important. Establishing a new routine quickly can help beat relocation depression and getting unpacked right away can break the anxiety cycle in your home (link). Creating a new support network of people who you can reach out to in person in your new location will be helpful to ensure that you are on the right track for maintaining your mental health. While it is easy to just rely on social media and phone calls to make connections to your old support network, having access to an immediate, local network of people is essential for times of extreme stress or crisis.
Meeting individuals who understand your mental health needs and who can be supportive of your good and bad days may seem like a daunting task. However, if you have already established a connection with a new therapist in your new location, half the work is already done! Many therapists host group counseling events or mental health support meetings regularly. Ask your therapist when these events are and make time in your schedule to attend. The benefit here is that not only are these people familiar with mental illness and understand the struggles of living with a mental illness, but they are actively involved in the community and have formed positive and supportive connections with others who have mental illnesses. This group of people can be a great resource for advice, information, guidance and other information that you may need in a new place.
Check your church, gym or the local library for groups that meet regularly that align with your other interests. Common interests make striking up a new friendship easy. Joining a running club, participating in volunteer activities, Bible study or book club are great ways to form connections and make new friends. Think you have found a new friend? Get out of your comfort zone and don't wait for them to make the first move. Suggest a meeting for coffee or lunch to begin to form a connection and to learn more about that person.
Creating a positive social support network isn't just for times of stress or crisis. These people will play a vital role in helping you maintain your healthy thought patterns, behaviors and focus. Much like your friends from your old location, they will become your safety net for when bad things happen. Knowing that these people are close by and willing to help boosts your confidence and makes the transition period easier. For more information, jump to part two of this series.
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If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, Legacy Freedom in Charlotte, NC can help. We proudly offer a holistic approach to mental health care that is unlike anything you have tried before. We utilize traditional talk and group therapy in combination with alternative therapies like yoga, acupuncture, life coaching, physical therapy and tai chi. If you are ready to take control of your mental health, call Legacy Freedom today and speak with our qualified psychologist in Charlotte, NC.