Beyond The Counseling Couch

Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

Embracing Mental Wellness

Now that the flowers have bloomed and the days are growing longer (and hotter), most of us have finished our traditional spring cleaning to freshen up our homes and clear out the clutter that has accumulated over the winter months. But what about our mental clutter? Perhaps this is the time to extend the spirit of renewal to our mental and emotional well-being.

At Jewish Family Services, we understand that mental health is a critical part of our overall health. Just as we clean our homes, we can also “clean” our minds, creating space for new growth and positive change. Here are some ways to embark on a path to mental & emotional well-being as Spring turns to Summer:

Declutter Your Mind
Start by addressing the thoughts that weigh you down. Negative thinking can clutter our minds just like unwanted items clutter our homes. Practice mindfulness or meditation to help you recognize and let go of unhelpful thoughts, creating room for more positive & productive thinking.

Set Emotional Boundaries
Any time is a great time to assess the boundaries we have in our relationships, so why not now? Are there commitments or relationships that are draining your emotional energy? Consider setting limits or saying no to things that do not serve your well-being.

Refresh Your Routine
Our daily routines can sometimes feel stale and unstimulating. Inject new life into your daily schedule. Maybe introduce a new hobby, alter your exercise routine, or try cooking different recipes. A change in routine can invigorate your mental state and give you something exciting to look forward to.

Cultivate Gratitude
Focus on gratitude. Keeping a gratitude journal can remind you of the good in your life, shifting your perspective away from negativity and stress. Celebrate small victories and seek out joy in everyday moments.

Seek Professional Guidance
Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. Therapists are here to support you. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, or just going through a challenging time and need someone to talk to, professionals are here to help you clean out the mental cobwebs and renew your sense of well-being.

So, sit back in your favorite chair to admire the refreshed living space and celebrate a job well done. Now…take a deep breath… use this opportunity to focus on your mental & emotional well-being as we transition from Spring to Summer. By doing so, we not only improve our own lives but also enhance our ability to contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around us.

Let’s welcome this season of renewal together with open hearts and clear minds.

Need a little help clearing out the mental clutter? JFS therapists are here to help you sort things out. Call (407) 644-7671 or complete our online form to request an appointment. Telehealth counseling is available. Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurances accepted, and a sliding fee scale for those who do not have insurance.

Each month, JFS Orlando’s Beyond the Counseling Couch tries to provide you with timely and relevant advice to help you along your wellness journey. Are there any topics YOU would like us to cover? Let us know your ideas or questions! Email JFS Clinical Director, Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, at or comment below.


About the Author: Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW is the Clinical Director and a licensed clinical social worker at JFS Orlando. Ashlyn has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient community based mental health, inpatient/admission psychiatric hospital, substance abuse/DUI, dialysis/medical, and in home/office outpatient therapy.

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