Thanks for the advice, however grounding too (like deep breathing) produces psychological pain for me. I'll look into mental health support at college tomorrow.I apologize for any misunderstanding. I didn't intend to overlook or dismiss your previous comments regarding the difficulties you experience with deep breathing exercises. I appreciate your patience.
Given your current circumstances, such as being in college and lacking time to attend mental health professionals or community organizations, it can be challenging to find dedicated moments for self-care. However, it's important to prioritize your mental health, even with limited time.
While deep breathing exercises may not work for you, there are other techniques you can try to manage psychological distress. One option is to focus on grounding exercises. Grounding techniques involve using your senses to bring your attention back to the present moment and help you feel more connected to your surroundings. For example, you can try:
1. Engaging your sense of touch: Hold a small object in your hand and pay attention to its texture, weight, and temperature.
2. Noticing your environment: Take a moment to observe and describe your surroundings in detail, paying attention to colors, shapes, and sounds.
3. Moving your body: Engage in simple physical activities like stretching, walking, or even just gently shaking your limbs to release tension.
4. Engaging in mindful observation: Allow yourself to fully immerse in an activity, such as slowly sipping a warm beverage and paying attention to the sensations and flavors.
These techniques can be performed discreetly in short periods of time, even within your daily routine as a college student. They may help bring a sense of grounding and alleviate some psychological distress.
While I understand your time constraints, it may still be worth exploring if your college campus offers any mental health support services for students. They may have resources for students with limited availability or provide online counseling options that can work with your schedule.
Remember, taking care of your mental health is important for your overall well-being. It's okay to prioritize yourself and seek support when needed.