Finding a tele-therapist is easier than ever.
With the raging Covid-19 pandemic, mental health issues are on the rise. They say you never realize what you have until it’s gone, and many of us are now realizing how much a lack of social contact can impact our lives. Depression, anxiety, and suicide are all on the rise.
There has never been a better time to prioritize your mental health and seek out therapy.
Luckily, tele-therapy is a super easy way to get into the idea of taking action for your mental health. Tele-therapy involves speaking to a licensed therapist over Zoom, Skype, or Messenger etc.
While traditional therapy is always better because of the face-to-face connection, tele-therapy has its own perks, the biggest one being that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your couch.
Here are three reasons you should try tele-therapy today:
Your Mental Health- Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health (if not more so). You have to remember that we aren’t living in normal times, and if this pandemic hasn’t taken a mental toll on you, you probably need therapy more than most, because you are in denial. There is no shame in prioritizing your mental health and seeking help. In fact, admitting vulnerability makes you much stronger than pretending it doesn’t exist.
Your Relationships with Others- Chances are, your relationships with your loved ones have changed during this pandemic. If you are lucky they have changed for the better. But regardless, a tele-therapist can provide insights to your relationships with other people by offering a third, unbiased opinion. You can’t expect to get every ounce of human contact you need from a partner, and having a tele-therapist creates a safe space where you can say things that you might not be able to say to your loved ones.
Your Relationship With Yourself- Self-reflection is one of the most powerful tools in the tool box of mental health. Unfortunately, most people prefer to ‘be right’, rather than ‘be happy’. Most people don’t want to think there is anything about them that needs to be ‘fixed’.
The beauty of it is, that once you realize there are things about you that do need to be addressed, or ‘fixed’, you become your own project. Putting the work into your relationship with yourself will end up creating actual happiness in your life.
If you aren’t currently happy, chances are you have all the tools you need to address the problem, you just need a tele-therapist to explain how.
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Therapy resources vary from state to state, but you can start by asking your primary health care physician for a referral, or going online.