Today’s world can be quite a cruel place for our well-being: people are always stressed out, everyone has to work very hard in order to survive in the burdening conditions of capitalist society.
The pressure gets even stronger by the day because of social media and television. We are bombarded with so much information daily that it is impossible to handle all of it.
And what about our families, hobbies and personal life? How do we cope with constant stress induced by work? What do we have to do to find balance and deal with our problems in a healthy way?
Nowadays, people are finally starting to realize that therapy is a great outlet for one’s negative emotions and a way to deal with mental health problems. Everyone can benefit from it greatly: whether you want to manage your stress level, talk about something that causes your anxiety, or if you simply need to discuss certain problems.
Therefore, currently, affordable therapy exists in different formats: face-to-face and online — through chat, video, email, and phone.
In the majority of the world, you can have an opportunity to see a therapist even if you are low on funds. Apart from the insurance package, different organizations and platforms in various countries are willing to help people in need.
So, how can therapy actually help?
Qualified professionals can support you during confusing times in your life, help you learn who you truly are, and make you closer to finding answers to your questions.
Definitely, a therapist will not be able to “fix” everything instantly, however, they will provide necessary tools for improving your well-being. You will learn how to deal with anxiety, depression, and stress and how to set healthy boundaries with people around you.
Even if you think that you are strong enough and reaching out to a specialist is useless, it is always better to try and see for yourself, as therapy certainly has something for everyone. It can help us reveal our strengths and prevent serious problems.
Simple self-help steps to feeling better
Mental health is something that we should be mindful of. It is as important as physical health, but it is disregarded way too often in today’s busy world. That is why it is vital to try and look for a professional who will encourage you, who you will provide a safe space to confide in, and who will take your problems seriously.
Besides, there are some self-help steps you can take to feel better mentally. It is great to combine them with going to therapy:
- Moderate physical exercise is beneficial for your well-being and mental health. Any physical activity helps you release endorphins (happy hormones) and improves cognitive function;
- Try to sleep 7-8 hours every night – it is great for both physical and mental health. A good night’s sleep fills you with the necessary energy for a long day and gives you strength to overcome stress and difficult situations;
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Healthy meals can create a great foundation for your great mental state;
- Grounding techniques are important. Try using essential oils, scented candles, or incense. Focusing on the smell will prevent you from getting overwhelmed with negative emotions during a stressful day;
- Spend time outdoors. Being in nature will give you a chance to get a wonderful experience, especially in summertime.
- Listen to your body and soul. Sometimes, it is enough to pay attention to such signals as irritation or anxiety to understand the connection between yourself and the world around you. It is beneficial to take a nap if you feel like it or to do something that you enjoy if you are in the right mood for it.
How to understand if the therapist is the right fit for you?
- They should have a relevant degree, experience, specialization and be licensed;
- While talking to a specialist, they should not judge you for anything that you say;
- They will not say that there is a “magical cure” for your problems;
- They will not disregard your feelings in any situation;
- They will not talk about themselves or give you lectures on how to live properly;
- During the first session, they should offer you some sort of a plan of your work;
- You should feel comfortable talking to them.
If you feel that a certain person is not the right fit for you, look for someone else or contact the organization that you used and ask them to change a therapist. It is extremely important to find the right person.
Luckily, today, the stigma surrounding mental health is steadily declining, and those who couldn’t afford treatment in private clinics can look up mental health organizations, platforms, or different hotlines in their hometown and get the help that they need at low cost.
You should take mental health very seriously and reach out for help. Don’t be afraid to take the support you need!
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