Today’s world can be a pretty cruel place for our well-being: people are always stressed, everyone has to work very hard to survive in the heavy conditions of capitalist society.
The pressure is getting stronger day by day because of social media and television. We are bombarded with so much information on a daily basis that it is impossible to manage everything.
And what about our families, our hobbies and our personal lives? How to deal with constant stress induced by work? What do we need 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 negative emotions and a way to deal with mental health issues. Anyone can benefit greatly: whether you want to manage your stress level, talk about something that is causing you anxiety, or just need to discuss certain issues.
Therefore, currently, affordable therapy exists in different formats: face-to-face and online – via chat, video, email and phone.
In most of the world, you may have the opportunity to see a therapist even if you are short of funds. Besides the insurance package, different organizations and platforms in various countries are ready to help people in need.
So how can therapy actually help?
Trained professionals can support you through difficult times in your life, help you learn who you really are, and bring you closer to finding answers to your questions.
Clearly, a therapist will not be able to “fix” everything instantly, however, he will provide the tools necessary to improve your well-being. You will learn to deal with anxiety, depression and stress and to establish healthy boundaries with the people around you.
Even if you think you are strong enough and there is no point in contacting a specialist, it is always better to try and see for yourself, as therapy certainly has something for everyone. It can help us to reveal our strengths and prevent serious problems.
Simple self-help steps to feel better
Mental health is something we need to be mindful of. It’s as important as physical health, but it’s too often overlooked in today’s busy world. This is why it is essential to try and find a professional who will encourage you, who you provide a safe space to confide in, and who takes your problems seriously.
Outraged, there are self-help steps you can take to make yourself feel better mentally. It is good to combine them with therapy:
- Moderate physical activity is beneficial for your well-being and your mental health. Any physical activity helps you release endorphins (hormones of happiness) and improves cognitive function;
- Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night – this is great for both physical and mental health. A good night’s sleep fills you with the energy you need for a long day and gives you the strength to overcome stress and difficult situations;
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Healthy meals can create an excellent foundation for your excellent mental state;
- Grounding techniques are important. Try using essential oils, scented candles, or incense. Focusing on the smell will keep you from being overwhelmed by negative emotions on a stressful day;
- Spend time outdoors. Being in nature will give you the opportunity to have a wonderful experience, especially in summer.
- Listen to your body and your soul. Sometimes paying attention to signals like irritation or anxiety is enough to understand the connection between you and the world around you. It is beneficial to take a nap if you feel like it, or to do something you like if you are in the mood for it.
How do you understand if the therapist is right for you?
- They must have a relevant diploma, experience, specialization and hold a license;
- When you speak to a specialist, he should not judge you for everything you say;
- They won’t say there is a “magic bullet” for your problems;
- They will not neglect your feelings in any situation;
- They won’t speak for themselves or teach you how to live properly;
- During the first session, they should come up with some sort of plan of your work;
- You should feel comfortable talking to them.
If you think a certain person is not right for you, find someone else or contact the organization you used and ask them to change therapists. Finding the right person is extremely important.
Fortunately, today the stigma surrounding mental health is steadily decreasing, and those who cannot afford treatment in private clinics can search for mental health organizations, platforms or hotlines in their hometown and get the help they need at low cost.
You need to take mental health seriously and seek help. Don’t be afraid to take the support you need!
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