Mendi Baron -Good Things to Remember When Anxiety Hits

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When treating mental health disorders like addiction, it’s easy to forget the right thing to do when you need to do it. There are what are known as “truisms,” or little sayings that hit the nail right on the head and strike a chord, and many who have gotten help for mental health are very familiar with them, and often rely on them in times of trouble.

The Easiest One to Remember

Breathe. Don’t forget to breathe. Another one that’s important to remember is the well known saying, “this too will pass. A lot of us tend to forget both of these when we need to, “most stress is normal and will pass. Instead of working yourself to exhaustion, know when to take a break.” 

Another key piece of advice to remember is if you need a break and need time away, don’t feel guilty about it. This story reminds us we can’t control the storm around us, so we need to calm ourselves until the storm passes. 

More Good Helpful Pieces

When bad stuff happens to us, many love to quote Dori from Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.” As one source explains, remember how much you loved to swim, and spend less time treading water. 

One of the toughest pieces of advice that sound so easy to follow is live in the moment. We worry so much about what could happen that we lose focus on right now. “Life is short,” this story reminds us. “Stop worrying about what might happen. Follow your heart. Forget what hurt you – but never forget what it taught you.” (That last part is especially helpful when you have a painful past that’s hard to let go of.) 

Another easy piece of advice we all can forget is to help someone else when you’re feeling antsy or down. You’ll feel better helping other people, and they can really benefit from your experiences as well.

Who Said That?

This story also includes several sayings where no one knows who said them, but they still contain good advice regardless. One advises, “Don’t let people pull you into their storm, instead pull them into your peace.” Another says, “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” Whoever said it, well said. 

Here’s another great one, and again, don’t know who said it, but it’s great advice regardless – “If a door closes, quit banging on it. Whatever was behind it, it was not meant for you. Consider that perhaps the door was closed because you’re worth so much more than what was on the other side.”

And yet another one about how pain can be a good teacher. “When it hurts, observe. Life is trying to teach us something.”

It’s great to look up helpful quotes and sayings, and it’s a good idea to create your own book of helpful sayings you can turn to in times of trouble. You can even create your own helpful sayings and quotes that reflect your life and keep them handy when you need them. 

One last one for everyone reading this, “Don’t give up. Chances are your hardest laugh, and your greatest day are still yet to come.” 


Mendi is a passionate advocate for teens and young adults in the fields of mental health and addiction. Baron creates programs to bring a unique approach to the treatment of adolescents and young adults who are struggling with a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders and substance abuse issues.

Clinically trained, Baron earned a BA with honors in psychology and social work at the University of Maryland and an MSW at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. His extensive experience as a therapist includes individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, and families in various settings.  Gaining insight and experience, he has worked at several treatment centers including the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau, Chabad Crisis Centers, and the Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change.

Before launching Ignite Teen Treatment, Mendi conceived and built, from the ground up, multiple successful, high end adolescent residential and outpatient programs in Los Angeles. Mendi has appeared on the Dr. Phil show, is regularly featured in mental health and addiction publications, and speaks around the country in person and on Tv/Radio on these topics. With his newest ventures, Mendi instills a rare blend of energy, creativity, and experience to the treatment of teens, young adults, and their families struggling with addiction and mental health issues. The son of a Rabbi, eldest of 11 children, is a part-time rock musician, boxer, cantor, and father of three.

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