After decades in the mental health system as a clinician, a teacher, and an author, I’ve learned that if you don't have a good foundation to work from, you're going to have a tremendously difficult time building positive therapeutic outcomes.
What does your foundation look like?
Have you felt stuck day after day—using whatever therapeutic modalities you have in your toolbox—with little improvement in outcomes? Have you paid attention to your client’s other
Obesity, insomnia, diabetes, chronic pain…these are all related to mental health. And if you don’t address these issues as well, you might be missing critical opportunities to help your clients make healthy changes that would allow them to feel better, faster.
What if I told you there are five essential factors for a healthy lifestyle?
These factors are everywhere in research literature and have proven to improve emotional stability, cognitive function, and resilience. Yet many of us fail to recognize and address them in therapy with our clients.
So, what are these five healthy factors? I discuss them in my new book, Mind-Brain-Gene
, and remember them using the mnemonic SEEDS
: S: Social –
Form and maintain social connects. Make time to connect with friends, join groups, or visit family. E: Exercise –
Sweat regularly. Get out for a walk, run, bike ride -- whatever you enjoy! Bottom line: Get your heart going for at least 30 minutes a day. E: Education –
Learn new things. Take classes and read books. Learning new things builds new connections in the brain and gives us more cognitive reserves to work with. D: Diet –
Eat well. Move away from fatty foods and carbs. Eating a lot of simple carbohydrates (especially sugar) makes your brain more rigid and difficult to rewire. S: Sleep –
Get 6 or more hours of good sleep every night, and practice good sleep hygiene. Limit your screen time before bed, invest in blackout curtains, and consider getting the TV out of your room.
If you plant and cultivate these seeds, your clients will be far less depressed, far less anxious, experience more cognitive vibrancy, and delay dementia symptoms.
So, how do you help your clients plant these SEEDS on a regular basis? Let me show you! Download this FREE e-book,
which includes worksheets you can use with your clients.