Resources & Information in Medina, OH

Solutions Behavioral Healthcare provides a multidisciplinary approach. We provide behavioral healthcare education for individuals, families and organizations. Our staff also consults with businesses, school and county agencies. We're accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.
 
Contact us today for more information about our programs and services (330) 723-9600.

Identify the Problem

Identifying problems can be a challenge. The first step in any intervention is to identify what's going on. From there, it's important to motivate a potential program participant to seek care and follow through with the program.
Recognizing patterns is always critical to dealing with them. Once a pattern has been identified, it's easier to start working towards a healthy lifestyle. Depending upon the reasons that a person has displayed behavioral or addiction problems, this can mean taking a variety of approaches. We help our clients identify stressors and triggers in their lives, so they can take steps to avoid trouble. We also offer help with stress management efforts.
The important thing is for clients to develop a sustainable support system. With a system in place, it's possible to reduce, prevent and cope with stress. We help clients change their diets and find better lifestyle choices, such as adopting exercise regimens.

Stress Management - How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress

It may seem that there's nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills aren't going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands, and your career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you're in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

Identify the Sources of Stress in Your Life

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren't always obvious, and it's all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sure, you may know that you're constantly worried about work deadlines. But maybe it's your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that leads to deadline stress. To identify your true source of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude and excuses.
The team at Solutions Behavioral Healthcare is ready to assist you. Contact us today and ask about all of our education programs (330) 723-9600.

Learning Healthier Ways to Manage Stress

If your methods of coping with stress aren't contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it's time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose, it's helpful to think of the four As: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.

Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no “one size fits all” solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation, so experiment with different techniques and strategies. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.

Dealing with Stressful Situations: The Four A's

 
Change the situation:
Avoid the stressor.
Alter the stressor.
 
Change your reaction:
Adapt to the stressor.
Accept the stressor.
 

Healthy Lifestyle Tips

  • Set a regular schedule for sleep— Aim for 8 hours of rest a night.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes everyday.
  • Eat a healthy, mood-boosting diet.
  • Spend a few minutes on a hobby, sport, or talking with a friend.
  • Practice breathing or relaxation techniques.
  • Follow the instructions on all medications and take only as prescribed.
  • See your counselor as often as scheduled.

Healthy Dietary Approaches

Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all. Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods. How much you should eat depends on your calorie needs. Use the Food Guide Pyramid and the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels as handy references.
Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Surveys show most Americans don't eat enough of these foods. Do you eat 6-11 servings from the bread, rice, cereal and pasta group, 3 of which should be whole grains? Do you eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables? If you don't enjoy some of these at first, give them another chance. Look through cookbooks for tasty ways to prepare them.

Maintain a healthy weight. The weight that's right for you depends on many factors
including your sex, height, age, and heredity. Excess body fat increases your chances for
high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other
Illnesses. But being too thin can increase your risk for osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities,
and other health problems. If you're constantly losing and regaining weight a registered
dietician can help you develop sensible eating habits for successful weight management.

Eat moderate portions. If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it's easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy. Did you know the recommended serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces, similar in size to a deck of playing cards? A medium piece of fruit is 1 serving and a cup of pasta equals 2 servings. A pint of ice cream contains 4 servings. Refer to the Food Guide Pyramid for information on recommended serving sizes.

Eat regular meals. Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating. When you're very hungry, it's also tempting to forget about good nutrition. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don't eat so much that your snack becomes an entire meal.

Reduce, don't eliminate certain foods. Most people eat for pleasure as well as nutrition. If your favorite foods are high in fat, salt or sugar, the key is moderating how much of these foods you eat and how often you eat them. Identify major sources of these ingredients in your diet and make changes, if necessary. Use the Nutrition Facts panel on the food label to help balance your choices. Choosing skim or low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat such as flank steak and beef round can reduce fat intake significantly. If you love fried chicken you don't have to give it up. Just eat it less often. When dining out, share it with a friend, ask for a take-home bag or a smaller portion.

Balance your food choices over time. Not every food has to be "perfect." When eating a food high in fat, salt or sugar, select other foods that are low in these ingredients. If you miss out on any food group one day, make up for it the next. Your food choices over several days should fit together into a healthy pattern.

Know your diet pitfalls. To improve your eating habits, you first have to know what's wrong with them. Write down everything you eat for three days. Then check your list according to the rest of these tips. Do you add a lot of butter, creamy sauces or salad dressings? Rather than eliminating these foods, just cut back your portions. Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables? If not, you may be missing out on vital nutrients.

Make changes gradually. Just as there are no "super foods" or easy answers to a healthy diet, don't expect to totally revamp your eating habits overnight. Changing too much, too fast can get in the way of success. Begin to journey with modest changes that can add up to positive, lifelong eating habits. For instance, if you don't like the taste of skim milk, try low-fat. Eventually you may find you like skim, too.

Remember, foods are not good or bad.
Select foods based on your total eating patterns, not whether any individual food is "good" or "bad." Don't feel guilty if you love foods such as apple pie, potato chips, candy bars or ice cream. Eat them in moderation, and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.