7 Signs of Bullying

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

Bully Stats

Male Bully

Bullying is a form of hostile aggression of an imbalance of power where the one doing the bullying presents as a more powerful person or group attacking than the less powerful one.  Bullying behavior is intended to annoy or harm the victim and occurs repeatedly over time.

 

Cyber Bully

Bullying can be in the form of verbal (i.e. name-calling, or threats), psychological (i.e. spreading rumors or exclusion) physical (i.e. kicking, hitting, or taunting).  Bullying can be done directly or indirectly at schools in the classroom, hallway, playground; and sometimes anonymously through email, and text messages, and through social media (i.e. Facebook,                                                                                           Instagram, chat rooms, etc.).

School girl Bullies

Bullying can present in many ways but maintains the same essential mean-spiritedness of dominance over others through hostile means, and no empathy for the victim.  Bullying is widespread and most likely to occur in middle school, but bullying can start as early as in late elementary school and extend into high school. Bullying victims, as well as those who bully, are usually male.  However, the population of female bullying has increased in recent years with females using relational aggression through the avenue of social media.

7 Signs of bullying include:

Depression                                                    Hopelessness

Feelings of isolation                                    Loss of friendships

High levels of anxiety                                 Unhappiness

Self-injury and/or thoughts of suicide

 

Workplace Bully

Bullying is not only a problem for children and adolescents but adults can experience bullying as well.  Often times bullying for adults may occur in the workplace and can affect them in the same manner.

 

Recognizing the signs is the first step to combat bullying behavior.  The best way to stop bullying is to tell someone and to bring it to light.  Bullying can be stopped and help is available.

Until next time reflect on this!Workplace Stats

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Dear Mom, Your mental health matters too.

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It is super easy to ignore your own mental health as a parent or guardian of a child. Especially, when your child is under the age of 5 years old. Having someone who completely depends on you is a great deal of responsibility.

Parents tend to focus solely on their child and forget about themselves.

It is important for parents to maintain their mental health to ensure that they are acting as the best parent possible.

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Not only will it help you feel better, but your children will notice that you are happier and healthier if you keep your mental health in top form, and you are showing them the importance of mental health.

There are endless ways to keep your metal health in good standing, but we will only cover a few ideas for parents who do not have a lot of “alone time”.

SelfCareBath

First, taking a hot bath while listening to relaxing music is a great way to clear your head from anxiety from life. By taking just 30 minutes, you can completely relax yourself. Try putting the kids to bed 15 minutes earlier once a week, so that you can get a little extra YOU time.

 

Second, journaling is a great way to clear your thoughts and maintain a healthy mental health lifestyle. I started journaling while pregnant with my son, and have done so for the last year and a half. It is a way to relax and put my thoughts in clear form. I enjoy journaling because I can go back on past entries and see how far I have come with my mental health journey.

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Third, get an overnight sitter at least once a month. Seems like a lot just to maintain mental health, but by getting an overnight sitter for the kids, you will ensure that you get at least one full night’s rest, without having to wake up to change a diaper or soothe a crying child. Getting enough sleep is essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is also necessary in maintaining mental health.

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By paying a little more time to yourself, your mental health will become more positive and you and your family will benefit from it. Try these three things in the month of December and see how they help you become less stressed.

Keep on, keeping on. Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.