self-care

Self-Care: Why This Recommendation Can Backfire

The Problem with Self-Care You don’t have to look online too long, whether it be scrolling through articles or social media posts, to come across suggestions and recommendations for self-care. Overwhelmed or stressed? Take a break. Struggling with psychiatric symptoms? Get a massage. Mental health professionals are especially keen on recommending self-care. The problem withContinue reading Self-Care: Why This Recommendation Can Backfire

emotional eating

Emotional Eating: Why We Won’t Negotiate

Gatewell providers often work with clients presenting with “compulsive” or emotional eating. These same clients typically have a history of dieting or somehow restricting their food. Restriction can take various forms, including limiting when we eat, what we eat, and how much. In fact, we rarely encounter self-identified overeaters who don’t skimp on their intakeContinue reading Emotional Eating: Why We Won’t Negotiate

bootstraps

Why Tugging at Your Bootstraps Won’t Solve All Your Problems

Someone in a difficult situation might be advised, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Here’s why this advice can fail miserably in the area of mental health: 1. Those with psychiatric symptoms are already trying hard. They’re tugging at their bootstraps as hard as they can. They’re working, going to school, raising families, all whileContinue reading Why Tugging at Your Bootstraps Won’t Solve All Your Problems