5 Things Psychologists Wish Their Patients Would Do For Their Well-Being

psychologistEveryday Health asked five psychologists to provide a list of things they would like to see their patients do. They were quite consistent in their replies and suggested these 5 things:

1. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being present in the moment without judgment. In addition, Dr. Greenberg, psychologist and author of upcoming book “The Stress-Resistant Brain,” notes that an important step is to build an “observer perspective” on yourself and your life.

2. Be kind to yourself

According to Dr. Greenberg:

Change happens when you drop perfectionism and give yourself permission to be a human being who makes mistakes.

3. Practice self-observation and evaluation

It is important to also examine yourself realistically, such as understanding what triggers a return of behaviors.

4. Do what you can to stay physically healthy

The psychologists suggest good sleep, keeping a food diary, and exercising on a schedule.

5. Make and strengthen healthy relationships

Dr. Rego, director of psychology training and associate professor, notes that strong, healthy relationships can serve as a buffer for life’s stresses. Dr. Greenberg adds that you may need to remove yourself from unhealthy relationships to create room for healthier ones.

Read the entire article at Everyday Health.