Best of Our Blogs: June 14, 2019
Father’s Day is this Sunday. For some, the holiday is a joyous occasion to celebrate the men in our lives who earned our love, trust and respect. But for others, it’s another reminder of what we lost, never had or will never be.
There may be things you’re already doing to prepare for the day. But have you planned ways to protect your emotional health?
I’ve been reading The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris. In it, he shares several creative techniques to improve your mood, change your thoughts and accept your current situation. If you’re heading to Father’s Day with fear and anguish, you might want to experiment with some of his exercises.
One is to focus on a negative thought and imagine it spoken in the voice of a humorous cartoon or movie character. For example, how would it sound if, “I’ll never be a good enough father,” in the voice of Darth Vader, Yoda or someone like Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Another exercise is to imagine something you’re dreading, maybe a Father’s Day filled with conflict and tension. But see it as if it was on TV. Change the color of the screen. Visualize the screen stretching or upside down. The intent Harris says is to realize it’s just, “a harmless picture.” If after a few minutes the image is still bothering you, he suggests adding a subtitle to the image. If you envision your father criticizing you as usual, a good title might be, “Oops! He did it again.” Or if this is a story you tell yourself repetitively, you could say something like, “Messed Up Dad.”
The idea is to play with your fears and concerns to defuse it, taking back your power from a thought that hasn’t even happen yet. It’s putting you back in the driver’s seat so you can control how you feel in this moment.
If you need extra support for this upcoming holiday, one of our top posts explain why online therapy may be something you should consider. Also, our bloggers share why June is particularly difficult and how humor can get you through hard times.
Spotting the Narcissist by How He Tells (and Curates) His Story
(Knotted) – Be wary of what you’ve been told. The person who exhibits these common patterns, could be a narcissist.
Amy Tee Stands Up to Bipolar Disorder
(Humor Rx) – It’s no surprise to these comedians that humor can heal trauma, hardship and mental illness.
Is it Me? Why June is the Harshest Month
(Sex, Text & What’s Next) – If you’re a parent of teens, counsel teens or are a teen, you need to read this.
Telemental Health: 5 Reasons Why Online Therapy May Be for You
(The Savvy Shrink) – In person therapy has its place, but there are certain circumstances where online therapy works. Here are five of them.
Uyemura, B. (2019). Best of Our Blogs: June 14, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 1, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/best-of-our-blogs-june-14-2019/