Mental health professionals should be having regular conversations about our own mental health, how we manage changes in it, and ways to improve it.
“We often receive messages that suggest taking care of ourselves first is self-indulgent and selfish. It most certainly is not. I teach people in high-stress occupations to shift their thinking and implement self-care into their daily routine. When people learn to take care of themselves first, they have more to give at work, home, or wherever else they have responsibilities. When that shift in thinking and behavior occurs and people prioritize their own self-care and mental health, it makes a world of difference.” – Dr. Marsha Brown
Taking care of ourselves is NOT selfish, it can create a change in mood, energy, and ability to handle the craziness each day may throw at us. It makes drastic improvements in anyone’s life.
Dr. Marsha Brown was inspired to create this podcast due to wanting to create a safe space for mental health professionals to talk about the challenges of maintaining their own mental wellness while caring for the psychological well-being of others. As mental health professionals, they are apt to put themselves on the back burner trying to help one more client or complete one more task. In the process of the focus always being on the client’s mental health, she felt it was just as important to normalize the idea of mental health professionals having regular conversations about their own mental health, especially during a time when they are helping others navigate their way through historical events including a pandemic, social injustice, and escalating violence against marginalized communities, to name a few.
When asked about her favorite self-care techniques she provided a few of her favorites:
- Belting show tunes – After a trying day, I love to belt my favorite songs during the drive home. It always helps me to blow off steam and I end up feeling a lot better.
- Watching the sunrise – This always reminds me I have a clean slate and the day ahead has the potential to be whatever I want it to be. Each morning, the sun comes up and gets to work, no matter what happened the day before.
- Taking a power nap – This is like my mid-day reset button and it helps me to make it to bedtime without getting overstimulated.
- Stand-up comedy – I love laughing. One of my favorite ways to unwind is to watch a stand-up special from one of my favorite comedians.
- Watching zombie movies – Not sure why, but I love zombie movies. For some reason, it’s one of my favorite ways to decompress. This one may be pure escapism.
About Mental Health News Radio Network
Mental Health News Radio Network hosts over 90 podcasts dedicated to all aspects of mental health. It is the world’s first and largest podcast network dedicated to all things mental health. Its Speakers’ Bureau and filmed series such as Mixed Nuts: Comedians and Mental Health allow it to further its mission to reach as many people in as many places as possible to encourage dialogue about mental health.
About Dr. Marsha Brown
Dr. Marsha D. Brown is a Licensed Psychologist with extensive experience in the assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals of all ages. She is regularly sought out by professional and media organizations for her expertise in mental health, self-care, and conquering stress. . Dr. Brown’s independent practice specializes in helping organizations and companies teach their employees to use the “Deconstructing Stress” method to conquer stress and improve work performance and quality of life.