Tuesday, November 24, 2020

When the Holidays Aren't Happy


If you’re dreading the holiday season, you’re not alone! The season of joy can be very difficult to get through if you’re grieving, under a lot of stress, or feel alone. It’s important to know that you’re not alone and it’s OK to not be OK during the holidays. But there are things you can do to make the season a little easier on yourself. 

  • Accept your feelings – Allow yourself to feel what you’re going through. You don’t have to pretend that everything is fine all the time.
  • Learn to say no – The holidays can come with a lot of expectations at work and at home. If you’re stretched too thin or just don’t have the support you need, give yourself permission to say no to invitations, requests for help, or other people’s expectations. 
  • Take care of your health – The weather, cold and flu season, and holiday expectations can put extra stress on your physical and mental health. A healthy diet including plenty of water and sleep can help you stay your healthiest. 

Michigan Psychological Care has more tips for self-care during the holidays. We also have in-person and telemedicine appointments. Because everybody needs support sometimes.

Visit our site to learn more or make an appointment.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

It's OK to Not be OK During the Holidays


Do the holidays leave you feeling stressed and anxious? You’re not alone.

To many people, the holidays are a season of stress and sadness. Financial burdens, grief, addiction, and loneliness seem amplified by the sights and sounds of the season. All that good cheer on the outside can’t always soothe the pain on the inside, especially if you don’t have a great support system. In fact, it can make you feel left out and more alone. 

It’s OK to not be OK during the holidays. But there are things you can do to make the season a little easier on yourself. Taking care of your health and connecting with others are especially important this time of year. Read more at Michigan Psychological Care.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Telemedicine is Safe, Effective, and Convenient!


Through the COVID pandemic, telemedicine has proven to be a safe and effective way to continue your care at our Michigan Psychological Care offices. In fact, telemedicine has several benefits over traditional appointments. One thing that has become clear is that telemedicine has a positive impact on our community. It makes care more accessible, allowing us to help more clients.

Telemedicine appointments:

  • Bring care to those too far away from the office
  • Save you time; make scheduling easier
  • Reduce the need for childcare or time off for appointments
  • Remove transportation barriers
  • Allow greater privacy, reducing feelings of stigma 
  • Make care accessible for those with barriers that make in-person appointments difficult
  • Give you a “home field advantage” that can make it easier to relax and share
  • Help reduce your exposure to the viruses that cause COVID and influenza

To learn more about scheduling a telemedicine appointment with Michigan Psychological Care, visit our website.


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Telemedicine Appointments Mean We Are Here for You, Wherever You Are!



As the COVID pandemic continues to unfold and we move into flu season, Michigan Psychological Care is committed to providing you the safest, best care possible. 

When in-person care was restricted due to COVID, we began offering telemedicine appointments so client care could continue without interruption. We are happy to announce that we will continue to offer telemedicine appointments as an option because of the many benefits they offer.

Telemedicine has proven to be a safe and effective way to continue your care that offers certain benefits over the traditional, in-person appointments.

Learn more


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Relationship Counseling for COVID Stress


COVID-19 has put stress on all aspects of peoples’ lives. One especially important, and often overlooked, aspect has been the effect on relationships.

Dealing with relationship stress properly is important because relationships have such a large impact on our well-being. Additionally, strong romantic relationships have been shown to correlate with both physical and mental health. 

Unfortunately, stress and loneliness often create lower satisfaction with relationships. Times of hardship are when we benefit the most from strong relationships, but these times also put the most strain on our relationships. Managing the effects of this stress is key to a strong relationship!

In times when many are dealing with financial stress, homeschooling, childcare, and potential sickness, is your relationship a source of strength and stability, or another source of stress?

Looking for relationship help? Michigan Psychological offers counseling in Clinton County, Gratiot, and Midland MI. Contact us today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Michigan Psychological Care: Helping to Manage Anxiety

 The Coronavirus public health crisis has been a mental health crisis as well.

Working from home and social distancing have quickly introduced new norms that many had to quickly adapt to. The uncertainty, combined with increased time online for many during quarantine, has led to an increase in anxiety symptoms.

 

There are some simple changes in lifestyle you can make to ease symptoms of digital anxiety. These include:

  • Taking breaks: try to not spend too much time in front of screens at once. Many workplaces now encourage taking breaks about once every hour. Stretch, take a walk, have a healthy snack, or just do something else for a while. In addition to feeling fresher, you’ll also end up being more productive and focused!
  • Limiting screen time before bed. This is especially important for people who experience difficulty sleeping. Try putting away the laptop and phone an hour before you go to sleep. Reading, listening to relaxing music, meditation, or a bath are all good ways to ease anxiety before bed.
  • Practicing mindfulness. Social media runs on our instinctive, emotional reactions. When you spend time on social media, check in with yourself emotionally before you respond. What are you feeling, and why? Don’t feel the need to explain or solve it—simply recognizing that something angers or saddens you is important.

If you think you could benefit from treatment for anxiety, contact us today.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

My child is in therapy – now what?


Once your child is in therapy, it is important to make sure that you maintain a good relationship with the therapist while also respecting your child. While is it important to check in with the child’s therapist separately to discuss any potential concerns or insight, you should not pester your child immediately after therapy. Immediately pushing your child to tell you what they discussed after they leave the session will cause the child to feel that therapy is not a safe space and may cause them to feel that they cannot fully express how they feel.

  
It is also crucial that you do not refer to the therapist when your child is acting up. For example, when your child is being difficult do not say, “Should I call your therapist?”. Therapy should not be associated with punishment and in anger, it should be about progress and opportunity. 

When a patient comes to Michigan Psychological Care, we work with them to create an individual care plan that will address their substance abuse issues in a comprehensive way. Our treatment plans include a combination of individual and group counseling, medication, and follow-up care. Our expert staff is ready to stay with you and your loved ones through every step of the recovery process.

If you’re seeking help with addiction in the Midland County area, please call us today at 1-989-510-7626 or visit our website at www.michiganpsychologicalcare.com

When the Holidays Aren't Happy

If you’re dreading the holiday season, you’re not alone! The season of joy can be very difficult to get through if you’re grieving, under a ...