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Creating Balance through Grace and Purpose

Creating Balance through Grace and Purpose

Many of us feel as if we are walking a tightrope at present, trying to manage our overloaded plates while teetering on the edge of uncertainty, upheaval and loss. Harnessing the energy that comes from creating purpose can provide us with balance, along with building connections with supportive people in our life. No matter how divided we may appear to be, there are strenuous states of affairs that we are experiencing collectively, and it is bringing many to a breaking point. Being mindful of this can help us confront each other with grace instead of a short fuse. Making it all the more necessary to take time for self-care and to build our support network around us so that we can develop that grace within.  

The more we bring community action into our daily life, the more purpose we can create in our world. A simple practice that gets you out of your home and into nature, while building community connections, is sitting or playing at your neighborhood park striking up a conversation with someone new. Or consider hiking a nearby trail with a friend, with a garbage bag in gloved hand to collect trash, as you walk and listen to one another providing support while serving your community along the way. Take your child for a walk around the block picking up trash and recycling as an alternative. Introduce yourselves to new people at the far end of your neighborhood, if given the opportunity during your walk. You’ll be inclined to say (or wave) hello the next time you see them.

There are also subtle ways to build community. Now that the weather is warming, and we can comfortably relax into a new maskless routine, we can appreciate the small things that help us reconnect. Seeing people’s smiles and full faces and recognizing acquaintances better is something to take notice of at this moment. We can hear each other better, too! Perhaps that experience of having a hard time understanding each other while we were masked can teach us to listen to each other better. That level of grace can keep us balanced to endure these challenging steps ahead.

 The anecdotes and the research are clear – we face a critical moment as we walk this tightrope. There are too many aspects of our lives that create conditions of sustained stress and the compounding increase of negative coping skills. The APA’s Stress in America poll reveals the many layers and unveils many vulnerabilities that signal a mental health crisis that we must address. Principle among them is the public health concern with the drastic increase in stress, financial strain, rise in substance abuse (and other detrimental coping behaviors), and the spillover effects into crime and violence in our communities. A recent article in The Atlantic details the recent spike in erratic behavior among Americans and suggests Durkheim’s concept of “anomie, or a lack of social norms that leads to lawlessness,” as the driver of “weird behavior” as of late. The social isolation due to the pandemic and the shifts in societal norms as a result of changing cultural and political landscapes do play a role. Making self-care, through wellness and the development of purpose-driven agency and community building, most important considering these factors. 

The best way to begin to rebuild our connective tissue is to focus on the relationships around us. Doing our best to show up as our better self, especially when someone else needs a little more grace than you do. And give yourself the grace you deserve to let go of unreasonable expectations that everything is OK. It is alright to acknowledge that you are not OK, that all is not well, if that is the case. Together we will regain our personal agency and come back stronger than before with all that we have gained despite (and because of) all that we have lost.

Ketamine Health Centers is your community mental health partner here to walk with you in this process of growth, healing and self-care that is especially important for us now.  Contact us today to learn about our cutting-edge alternative treatment methods, tailored to meet your specific support needs. Our multifaceted approach to addressing mental health challenges can provide you, or your loved one, the support network necessary to create your healing path and generate that grace within.

Set an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ to Balance Mental Health this Holiday Season

Set an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ to Balance Mental Health this Holiday Season

Entering the second holiday season with Covid brings a new set of challenges for how we balance our mental and emotional health, considering yet another adjustment to our changing public health landscape. This year feels more purposeful in our month of giving as we enter the Thanksgiving season with the aim of healing and regaining some ground under our feet.

The fact that there are two lived realities to contend with complicates matters. Individuals who are vaccinated and are planning gatherings with friends and family are in a different position to navigate the holidays than individuals who have chosen, for their personal reasons, to remain unvaccinated. This aspect of the endemic phase of Covid-19 is something we will continue to grapple with as we celebrate and move into the new year. While the lived realities of how we go about our daily lives may differ depending on our physical safety measures, there are mental health and emotional steps that we can all practice. By focusing on several modes of love-in-action this season we can also increase our resilience amidst stress and tragedy, while building community ties that are essential for our personal and social welfare. 

Creating an ‘attitude of gratitude’ as a guiding principle is a powerful tool to bolster our mental, emotional and spiritual health, which feeds back into the community building aspect of our personal growth – fostering meaning, happiness and enriching relationships. 

Acts of kindness build a community web of support and help raise our happiness meter.
This month of giving begins with Veterans day, an important day to give thanks for the enormous sacrifices that military families carry for us. As well as Giving Tuesday campaigns for raising awareness and financial support for the multitude of programs that aim to help those in need. A focus on gratitude this month shines bright within us as we strengthen our community through loving actions, big and small, that also increase our own sense of well-being through happiness and connection that comes from spreading kindness. We have seen people step-up in creative ways to support each other in times of crisis. The pandemic has brought out our better angels in many corners of the world. An article in Frontiers in Psychology points to several “silver linings [which] revealed sources of strength that included finding a sense of community, closeness, gratitude, and a belief that the pandemic may spur positive social change.” Acts of kindness generate the greatest amount of emotional healing and community connection. 

Love and gratitude towards acquaintances, neighbors and passersby in our life, can also come through simple acts, such as smiling at everyone you pass by throughout your busy day. Thanksgiving week is not simply time to be with family. Especially for those who are not traveling this year but want to have a fellowship gathering for the holiday, consider a small Friendsgiving feast. It would be healing to spend the holidays amongst whatever sense of community is available to you within the safety measures that you are comfortable with. Perhaps setting up an outdoor neighborhood potluck to connect individuals who would otherwise celebrate alone. Or consider supporting the most vulnerable in your area through sharing your talents or simply your time and presence, if you are able to safely. Through these actions that help us build our support systems beyond that of friends and family units, we begin to see the role of community in a new light. Now these terms, love and gratitude, are so broad they have room for myriad forms of relationships that enhance our well-being, especially when we extend that love to ourselves. Self-love is an important aspect of being able to give love to others in a healthy manner. And for individuals who are struggling with depression, the connection with self-love is often lacking. This study views gratitude and well-being in a psychotherapeutic setting. But self-love encompasses a broader concept, as well, as we look at wellness from the perspective of self-care.

Self-care in the context of balancing our mental health during the holidays means giving ourselves the time we need to relax, recharge to manage the hectic schedule of work demands, family life and holiday preparations. Fitting in moderate exercise, eating a balanced diet, getting proper sleep and carving out time for leisure activities such as reading, sitting by the fire, giving long hugs, taking long walks, reflecting during quiet moments or filling up on music and dancing whenever possible, are all important aspects of self-care. There are countless outlets that can provide you a recharge. Laughter is a wonderful remedy, of course, but not everyone is in a festive mood. It’s OK that you do not feel OK. You are not alone. Too many of us are experiencing grief.

Seek professional help if you need support to manage grief at this time. Contact 

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 1-800-279-8255 if you need immediate assistance.
For a free consultation to learn about various cutting edge mental health treatments for depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and other mental health challenges contact one of our professional staff at 1-833-542-3030 or https://ketaminehealthcenters.com

Mending hearts and managing grief when faced with an empty seat at the table makes the holidays especially difficult. If you are not experiencing loss, help those around you with your presence, simply offering silent support is what is most needed. You can help someone find solace by finding a unique way of remembrance this holiday season. Below are a few examples of how to pay tribute to a loved one that encourages a personal touch.

  1. Build a Centerpiece.
  2. Set a Place at the Table for Them.
  3. Attend a Service of Remembrance.
  4. Create a Memory Table.
  5. Share the Memories You’re Thankful For.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly as we enter a season of reverence, is remembering our spiritual connection to traditions and ancestors. The essence of traditions in our social makeup is the source of universal love and our larger communal web of humanity, experienced uniquely and intimately with our families. Our personal experience of these traditions gives us a direct connection to our ancestors, our motherland, and oftentimes elucidates our place in nature. Create those nature-focused moments in our downtime, or an electronic-free day to create quiet space that helps us balance holiday demands with deeper meaning-making experiences. This is a perfect year to begin new traditions that harness energy stemming from new perspectives taking shape during the pandemic. Holidays always represent a mix of memory-making and energy-draining scenarios. It is important to read our emotions and give ourselves the permission to escape it all with our quiet moments of stillness that rejuvenate and reconnect us with a deeper sense of self. That quiet moment in front of a fire, or at dusk immersed in the beauty of a sunset, can provide the energetic refueling necessary to come back to your surroundings with grounded focus and openness. A spiritual connection to traditions or sacred space can provide a similar energetic recharge when we immerse all our senses and let the joy of the season fill our spirit. Peaceful holidays from Ketamine Health Centers!

Ketamine Health Centers Offers Free Consultations During National Suicide Prevention Month

Ketamine Health Centers Offers Free Consultations During National Suicide Prevention Month

Industry leader in Ketamine Infusion Therapy reduces barriers and increases accessibility to meet the growing demand for effective solutions for mental health conditions

MIAMI, FL — September 10, 2021 —  Ketamine Health Centers (KHC), the leading provider of IV ketamine infusion therapy in Florida, has announced it will offer free consultations across all five of its Florida-based facilities during the month of September, also recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-34, and ranks as the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States.

Suicides have increased 35% in the U.S. since 1999 and Suicide Prevention Month hopes to shed light on this dark and taboo topic.  Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone and do not discriminate in age, gender or background. Oftentimes, suicide results from an untreated mental health condition and suicidal ideation should always be taken seriously. Bringing the topic of suicide to the open allows for open conversations about what suicide is, the resources available to prevent it and to further destigimtize mental health.

Ketamine Health Centers prides itself on providing the highest-caliber ketamine treatments. Current data suggests, when given intravenously, ketamine may be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades. With a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to delivering long-term solutions for treatment-resistant mental health and pain conditions, Ketamine Health Center’s success rate for treating depression surpasses the national average, exceeding 85 percent.

As these treatments become more popular and with increased insurance coverage, our company continues to be at the forefront of the field–one infusion at a time. With over 10,000 patients treated since inception, Ketamine Health Centers brings experience and hope for patients with mental health and pain conditions. KHC is proud of its continued company growth and its ability to provide leading mental health and pain care to patients in more areas, coast to coast.

“The effect of our treatments on mental health is transformational for patients,” says Dr. Raul Cruz, Chief Medical Officer. “To offer free consultations allows us to extend awareness about our services to all patients, providing them an alternative option for mental health conditions.”

The facilities include ketamine infusion therapy, but also other personalized cutting-edge treatments designed to help patients regain control: Stellate Ganglion Blocks (SGB), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and teleherapy,  to name a few. The KHC approach allows patients struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other debilitating conditions to find relief and start living again.

For more information on Ketamine Health Centers , call 1-833-542-3040 or email info@ketaminehealthcenters.com.

About Ketamine Health Centers

Ketamine Health Centers is the only full-service health center in Florida fully dedicated to ketamine infusion therapy via joint expertise of board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Raul Cruz, and psychiatrist, Dr. Juan Oms, and our COO Dennis Diaz, CRNA. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, the practice is committed to delivering long-term solutions that incorporate ketamine infusions with a holistic, multidisciplinary approach. The collective knowledge and medical excellence of Ketamine Health Centers’ elite team have generated programs to serve those suffering from mental health and chronic pain, offering a plan that supports their well-being and steps toward recovery. The goal is to use ketamine to help patients regain a balance between the mind, body, and spirit. For more information, visit www.ketaminehealthcenters.com.

Summer Sets ALIVE & Well

Summer Sets ALIVE & Well

Let’s pause for a moment.

Reflect on where you find yourself, right now, rounding out summer and down-shifting gears.

Together, let us have a moment of silence.

Now, take a deep breath through your nose. Inhale long and hold that moment quietly, at the top of your breath. Exhale slowly emptying yourself of all that is unnecessary.

I hope this summer sees you surrounded often by nature. In backyards, on porch fronts, or at the nearest water source. Count your blessings if you found yourself in, near or under water at any point this summer, soaking in its healing qualities. So many of us did as we visited our majestic National Parks, renewing and replenishing ourselves.

I give thanks each day for living near beautiful preserves. And I feel grateful for unexpectedly climbing to the summit of Stone Mountain just a few weeks ago, while enjoying a weekend immersed in nature. It reenergized me to the core. Our natural world provides us with the most direct connection with the energetic source of life, and water ties us to its life-giving properties.

We replenish our spirit and our bodies at a physiological level when we engage in outdoor activities, or no activity at all but soaking in the healing tones that intimately connect us to the energetic world. Eating the seasonal fruits and vegetables in these natural settings help us balance our mind, body and soul. Even simply sitting outside for lunch once a week at your workplace provides solace.

Let’s make space for breathing deeply and intentionally each day, preferably outside. Breathing ties us most directly with our environment and marks the most effective path for our self-healing when done right.

Breathe through your nose, straight into your lungs. Breathing through your nose naturally aligns your spine and lengthens your body to draw in greater energy and generate more expanse, and by extension more confidence and self-love.

Simply by breathing deeply we create greater resilience to calmly face life’s challenges when we establish a balanced body (through nutrition and physical health), mind (through positive behaviors and attitudes) and spirit (by creating one’s purpose and simply breathing deeply). With time we learn not only how to manage, but how to thrive in those moments that move us to develop ourselves more fully and create our happiness, while navigating pain and suffering.

Ketamine Health Centers provides targeted wellness services through its partner at Alive Wellness Group, helping clients to boost their immune system and incorporate a holistic approach to mental health. A robust mental wellness lifestyle focuses on the mind body matrix and the importance of establishing healthy pathways. Breathing practices, meditation and nature therapy are important aspects of wellness that help us reduce stress, balance our busy lives and strengthen our spirit.

A personalized wellness assessment and nutritional enhancements can propel you into a synergized routine this coming fall that will further enhance your self-development and help you build resilience as we continue to face many challenges together.

Contact us today for a free wellness consultation. Allow yourself to feel ALIVE once again!

 

Mental Health Toolkit for Improved Self-Care

Mental Health Toolkit for Improved Self-Care

Alternative treatments such as Ketamine infusion, and other treatment methods offered by Ketamine Health Centers, are valuable new tools available to mental health providers. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and because of this, we want to highlight the importance of utilizing your own toolkit for mental health hygiene to establish self-care.

You may be already familiar with many of the tools that people put to use, practices necessary for physical and mental health hygiene. Getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising, expressing ourselves authentically, developing deeper connections – these daily aspects of healthy living renew energy at our core.

Another set of tools are those activities that most engage us. Our kits will be filled with a variety of tools, tailored to each of us. Dancing, movement meditation, deep-breathing, yoga, body check-ins, bodywork, making music, therapy, gratitude actions, and appreciation of beauty are all enriching activities, rich modes of connecting in the world that provides a source of healing. You will most benefit from an assortment of each of these tools.

To be most effective, your Toolkit must be filled with self-care activities that resonate with you. Some established practices, such as deep-breathing, is central to both physical and mental wellness. Breathing helps us focus on the present moment. It helps us slow down and check-in with our physical, mental, and energetic states. Physiologically, it reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that causes reactive states of fight or flight. Breathing helps reduce our blood pressure and heart rate in moments of stress, bringing us back to equilibrium.

The goal of stocking your Toolkit is for you to utilize an array of practices to manage and guide your response to stress or adversity. Be aware of when you tense up in certain moments, so that you can be prepared for those occasions to minimize the impact. By doing these practices consistently, we are ready to handle the big challenges that life tosses our way. Creating your self-care Toolkit in a manner that is tailored to your needs, strengths, and mode of joy, helps create meaning and happiness in life. You add value to your Toolkit, and to your life, by adding new practices and insights as you grow and change over time.

Your Toolkit can be made up of practices that include a gratitude mantra in the morning, checking-in with your body, noticing, and relieving tension throughout the day. Take 3 minutes before or after you eat lunch to breathe deeply and take note of your present moment. Spend the evening doing at least one thing that brings you joy or connect with someone that energizes you. End your day with a reflective moment and drift to sleep with 3 minutes of deep-belly breathing.

Practicing mindfulness, reframing negative thoughts, leaning on your strengths, and reflecting through gratitude are essential daily practices, that, over time, help create a way of being grounded, and yet flexible in the face of change. They help us generate a flow in life that builds resilience. Using our tools also help us create a strong supportive network in our community.

 Managing energy levels is one of the keys to maintaining good physical, cognitive, and mental modes of self-care. Everyone has a different energy signature and mode of replenishing. There are countless practices to help reframe or recharge with the goal of creating healthier lives in the face of change, stress, or trauma. Think about what tools, practices, and activities will fill your toolbox. And use it, mix it up to work on all aspects of yourself, and help those close to you use their own wellness toolkit to build resilience and attain happiness despite adversity.

The various alternative treatment methods provided by Ketamine Health Centers are helpful for individuals at every level of the mental health spectrum. We offer wellness procedures and resources to help you manage stress and create that necessary balance in your life. And we provide the latest techniques available to treat mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and more. Please reach out today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you or your loved one find the best treatment tailored to your needs.

Self-love Strengthens Wellbeing and Builds Community


Self-love Strengthens Wellbeing and Builds Community


How can you give what you do not have? If you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to look favorably on others and exude positive energy. It becomes quite challenging to see the good in others when overwhelmed by negative thoughts, if you are highly self-critical or feel self-loathing. Of course, there are countless moments when we provide for others much more than what we give to ourselves. But over time that becomes unsustainable, even with our best intentions. Ultimately, the energy we put out in the world boomerangs back to us throughout the course of our life. 

Self-care and self-love are the foundations for healthy relationships and the fertile ground to foster empowered communities. Contrary to what society teaches us at times, there is nothing selfish or self-centered about putting your needs before others, especially when you are a caretaker. You cannot provide for another individual well if you do not have the energy and inner strength to care for yourself, certainly not in the long run.

People who make self-care a priority are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. The positive outlook that comes with a healthy sense of self, what I refer to as self-love, leads to greater confidence in one’s abilities. These are tools for success and overall wellbeing in life that allows for happiness to flourish despite the challenges we face.

Self-care allows you to be more focused and productive at work, and to generate the necessary energy to create a stable home life when less stressed and overwhelmed by internal struggles. With self-love comes compassion. Compassion to allow ourselves a pass when we do not meet our own expectations, in order to check overly self-critical negativity. And most importantly, compassion for others to grow healthy relationships in all arenas of life. These are the foundations to foster a strong community that supports you. Ketamine Health Centers is your community partner, here to help you create a space to foster that all-important mode of self-care.

These simple, but important activities are part of self-care and help us establish self-love:

  1. Cultivate sustaining energy by doing something you love, perhaps something simple that you can do daily, or give yourself more ‘me time’ at least once a week
  2. Eat a balanced diet to help sustain your energy, and treat yourself to something you really enjoy every now and again
  3. Move to music and energize your body: A brisk walk is the best form of exercise, take a friend along with you
  4. Share laughter as often as you can, it’s one of nature’s healing remedies
  5. Reflect through journaling and recount your blessings
  6. Sit quietly with the sounds of nature, or the sound of silence, and let the peacefulness set in and rejuvenate
  7. Give back to those in need in your neighborhood, through your place of worship or with an organization of choice: Altruism is another wonder drug
  8. Be kind to yourself – Failure is the best teacher if we allow ourselves to learn from our mistakes
  9. Smile or give a nod to everyone you encounter, that energy carries you and those around you quite far
  10. Listen to your needs and do your best to fulfill them, but check your wants against what others need first to build community through compassion
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