Local therapist offers ways to self-care in wake of U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ struggles

Written by on August 9, 2021

Local therapist offers ways to self-care in wake of U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ struggles

By Brittany Sweeney

August 9, 2021

Simone Biles, of the United States, poses wearing her bronze medal from balance beam competition during artistic gymnastics at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Mental health took center stage at the 2021 Summer Olympics. 

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Team USA gymnast Simone Biles bowed out of several events to take care of her personal well-being.  It pushed a topic not typically talked about to the forefront and highlighted some things people can do to check in on their own mental health. 

Subtle signs of a mental health imbalance include loss of motivation, sleeping too much or insomnia. 

Shonda Moralis, a therapist in Breinigsville, said mental and emotional health issues can cause physical problems, too, like body pains and even chronic illness. 

It’s good to do a self-assessment.

“Awareness is pausing and stopping occasionally to check in with ‘How am I doing? How am I feeling? How is my energy level? Am I engaged with my life and really being aware of that,’” she said.

Moralis says mental health issues can lead people to engage in what she calls self-soothing habits, like overeating, drinking too much alcohol, and even over planning your day.  

Taking a moment to be aware of your feelings is a way to keep mental health in check, she said.

Seek professional help when necessary, she said. 

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