I asked our Facebook friends yesterday what home meant to them. It was actually a question sparked by this post from our talented Mental Health Humor blogger Chato B. Stewart.

The reason I asked was that I truly believe that everyone needs a “home” to come home to. Finding a place where we feel safe, honored, trusted, respected and at peace is so important to our mental health. It hardly matters if home is our actual place of residence.

When I worked as a Marriage and Family therapist intern, I counseled kids with stories that broke my heart. I realized that for them a house was the place they lived, a home was where they felt accepted, loved and secure. For some, meeting me at noon every week was a secondary shelter. And I was happy and grateful to be able to provide that for them.

As adults, we’re no different. I realized that we all need a retreat. We need a place where it’s quiet enough that we can hear our own thoughts. We need a place where we can breathe. We need a place where people love and respect us for who we are and a space where we feel comfortable being ourselves. Without it, there is no exhale. There is no downtime, no peace.

Whether it’s your cubicle at work, a room in your house, the beach or finding your own inner sanctum through meditation, as long as you have one and make your own, that’s all you really need.

Healing With Music Relaxation Therapy

(Therapy Soup) – By now, most of us have experienced first-hand the healing aspects of music. But this post brings music into a whole other level. Read as Harry Henshaw, a mental health and addiction counselor and musician, shares how he uses both music and hypnosis as a powerful healing tool in therapy.

You are Exactly Where You Need to Be

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – What are you thinking about right now, in this moment? If you’re wishing you were somewhere else out of fear or emotional pain, you need to read this.

How Can You Be Happier? Find Work You Love

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – You’ve heard it before. In fact, you may have said it before. “It’s just work so I can live with it.” But finding a career that is meaningful is a significant way to bring more happiness in your life. If you’re curious to know how to find work that you care about or to make the job you currently have more engaging, read this.

Loneliness and Depression: New Findings and Strategies

(Healing Together for Couples) – A new study finds that reducing your loneliness could also reduce symptoms of depression. This post is packed with information on the connection between them with strategies on how you can take steps to finally feel lonely no more.

6 Ways to Stress Less About Your Email Inbox at Work

(Panic About Anxiety) – For anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed with email. No matter how much you read, you still have hundreds more right? Here are helpful strategies you can start implementing now to keep your sanity in check by effectively managing your inbox.