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Monday, 29 July 2019

Mental Wellness Tools: The war on mental illness

Mental Wellness Tools: The war on mental illness

For nearly twenty years I  have worked in a long term care facility for persons with intellectual and behavioral difficulties. A significant number of those who live where I work have a mental health condition.

Being in this field for as long as I have, I have seen my fair share of therapeutic interventions put in place, an attempt to try to help improve the mental health of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorderanxiety and depression etc. 

Many of these interventions have come and gone over the years, in part because many of the folks I work with are nonverbal with cognitive impairments. This can present challenges when trying to find a treatment and or therapeutic tool that will be effective for many who live there. There are however, a few tools that remain constant. The weighted blanket Has been the one of the most effective.

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Personally, one of my biggest challenges I have faced in my journey to mental wellness was and still is sleep. A lack of sleep tends to heighten my anxiety and exacerbates my depression. The main driver for a number of my sleepless nights is my PTSD, nightmares are common for people with PTSD, and I am not immune to this fact.

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I have noted over the years, that If I piled on the blankets I sleep and wake up feeling less anxious, more energy and my depression is reduced. The problem with just piling on the blankets is, they tend to shift with movement, and they fail to distribute the weight evenly, a key element to a better sleep.

 That's why I recommend a weighted blanketSo, how do they work? They work because of the evenly distributed weight in the blanket itself, thus producing what's called deep pressure stimulation. According to this article by Psychology Today, Weighted blankets act like a "big hug" to help sooth and reduce the symptoms of anxiety and have been shown to be effective for people with autism

Because medications have produced little in the way of good therapeutic relief for me, I must find a solution through other means like evenly distributed weight to keep my mind and body regulated to get a good nights sleep.

What I hope you take away from this post is to never stop looking for a potential solution.  There is help out there and as long as you keep fighting, you stand a much better chance at finding relief. You got this!

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