Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) www.SSTARnet.org
American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) www.ashasexualhealth.org
The National Center for Sex Education www.sexcenter.org
Coalition for Positive Sexuality www.positive.org
American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) www.americaninstitute.org
Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth: The Trevor Project www.thetrevorproject.org
Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Between Us Clinic: Premature Ejaculation Program: https://www.betweenusclinic.com/
STDtesting.org (A complete guide on STD Testing) www.stdtesting.org
Contraception & Your Cycle https://yoppie.com/contraception-cycles
Consider using Square Breathing (4x4) to start. You can find many more guided breathing and meditation exercises online. How To Do Square Breathing:- Begin by slowly exhaling all of your air out. - Then, gently inhale through your nose to a slow count of 4. - Hold at the top of the breath for a count of 4. - Then gently exhale through your mouth for a count of 4. - At the bottom of the breath, pause and hold for the count of 4.
The way we interpret negative events has the power to mitigate or exacerbate our anxiety in significant ways. STEP 1: Name It To Tame It: Identify the negative thought or belief that you're noticing. In this current climate, we may be catastrophizing (jumping to the worst case scenario) or overgeneralizing (making sweeping assumptions without facts). Simply labeling our thoughts can tame them and allow us to take a step back. STEP 2: Check The Facts: Acknowledge what we know for sure and use credible sources and information to help remind us of the current moment and not the potential unknown outcome. STEP 3: Reframe the Situation: The reframe does not need to be 'best case scenario', we simply want a more accurate and supportive reflection of the present moment.
For example: WORRY #1: “I live in a highly populated city, a virus could spread to me quickly." REFRAMED: "I feel healthy right now and my city has a lot of infrastructure and resources in place to face a challenge like this." WORRY #2: “I’m pregnant and may be susceptible to severe symptoms if I contract the virus." REFRAMED: "I have a well-informed healthcare provider who will let me know if or when I need to make changes." WORRY #3: “I should not have left my home today. Anyone could threaten my health." REFRAMED: "I’m doing the best I can, and so are the people around me."
A great way to reinforce some of the CBT techniques is to write them down. Additionally, having a journaling practice during a time like this can be deeply therapeutic and beneficial.
While the obvious way to distract ourselves right now is to binge watch every show and movie available, let's take this opportunity to get creative. Breakout the Art Supplies Consider painting, drawing or collaging some images that you find beautiful, inspiring and soothing. Get Some Exercise. Dust off the yoga mat at home, take a brisk walk or run outside, take a bike ride, or utilize the many online exercise options out there. Puzzles, Board Games and Cards. These are all great ways to feel stimulated and engaged too!
Whether you’re beginning or continuing therapy, it's important to have a touchstone right now for support and stability. Stay connected to loved ones in small settings or via Facetime, text and email as well. I am offering sessions online.
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