Silver Linings Mental Health

As a former insomniac, I have learned that one simply cannot function optimally with little or no sleep.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can make it difficult for a person to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. It can lead to a range of physical and emotional symptoms, such as low energy, exhaustion, emotional reactivity, irritability, and difficulty concentrating, Driving while sleep deprived can also put one at greater risk for automobile accidents.

People who experience insomnia may feel frustrated, anxious, or stressed due to their inability to sleep, which can exacerbate the problem. It’s important to seek professional help if insomnia is interfering with your daily life and causing significant distress.

Some tips I have learned through my own trials and tribulations with insomnia have been:

  1. The absolute importance of maintaining a consistent sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
  2. Create a sleep-conducive environment: Ensure sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. Use comfortable pillows, bedding and a supportive mattress.
  3. Reduce intake of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine: These substances can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  4. Establish a soothing bedtime routine: Develop a relaxing routine to help you unwind before bed. This could include taking a warm bath, practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, or reading a book.
  5. Avoid electronics (like the plague) before bedtime: The blue light emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets can interfere with sleep. Turn off these devices at least an hour before bedtime.
  6. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help improve sleep quality, but avoid exercising too close to bedtime as this can make it harder to fall asleep.
  7. Manage stress: High levels of stress can make it difficult to sleep. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga, or talk to a mental health professional if you’re experiencing persistent stress or anxiety.

If you continue to have trouble sleeping despite trying these strategies, it’s important to talk to your doctor or a sleep specialist. They may be able to recommend additional treatments or refer you to a sleep clinic for further evaluation.


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Thank you for your interest in Silver Linings Mental Health. We understand therapy can be an intimidating process and we recognize that it requires great courage to reach out. We have a team of compassionate therapists eager to help.


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Proud Owner of Silver Linings Mental Health.  I am currently focusing on expanding our practice, teaching trauma informed care through the Silver Linings Institute, and providing consultation services to other practice owners.

I love empowering other therapists to take the leap into the world of private practice.  Whether you are an already established practice or are just beginning, I will provide guidance.  Oftentimes, the biggest obstacle is transferring from a therapist’s mindset to now being a business owner. 

The therapist’s mindset encompasses a deep understanding of human behavior, emotional intelligence, and effective communication. This perspective is invaluable in navigating interpersonal relationships, fostering a positive company culture, and addressing the psychological aspects of both employees and clients.

Simultaneously, the business owner mindset contributes a results-driven orientation, strategic vision, and a keen sense of adaptability to the mix. Entrepreneurs are adept at setting goals, making informed decisions, and steering their company through challenges.

The merging of these two mindsets can result in a holistic leadership style that recognizes the symbiotic relationship between employee well-being and business success. This integrative approach not only enhances team dynamics but also cultivates a work environment where individuals feel understood, supported, and motivated to contribute their best, thereby creating a thriving and sustainable business.  I will help you with combining both mindsets in order to foster a sustainable business plan.