We’ve all got our problems, it’s true. You know what else is true? We could all probably benefit from therapy. The long-standing image of a therapist sitting across the room with a notepad as you bare your soul can be intimidating. It’s not necessarily true that all clinical therapy feels this way, and it’s certainly possible to feel comfortable with a therapist.
However, it does make sense that this type of structure doesn’t work for everyone. This is where it may be beneficial to learn about and understand the other types of therapy available.
These are just a few. If you consider it deeply, just about anything that allows you to calm your emotions and clear your mind can be considered therapeutic. For now, consider these alternatives.
1. Art Therapy
Art therapy is a corner of the mental health practice that involves using different forms of art as a means of treatment. It can be done visually such as painting to express oneself or auditory, such as music therapy. It’s an experience and healing that comes with the provocation of senses. The focus is to improve cognitive function, self-esteem and awareness, as well as enhance emotional capacity and ability to cope.
2. Herbal Remedies
A warm, soothing, cup of tea can work wonders. However, herbal remedies that can help assist with needing support have quite a range. Certain herbs and supplements are said to improve symptoms of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. While substantial evidence is lacking, it is possible that they can help. Using essential oils or aromatherapy might be a useful alternative for those seeking temporary relief from symptoms. CBD oil may also be beneficial for its ability to mood-regulate and alter how serotonin affects levels.
3. Physical Activity
Speaking of serotonin and other neurotransmitters that affect mental health such as dopamine and endorphins, exercise can offer assistance. Making time to get physically active can be therapeutic in the sense that it promotes healthy release of chemicals in the brain, and cultivates a healthy habit with other benefits. This combination can help with coping with stress and to provide those who struggle with a physical alternative to therapy.
4. Yoga and Meditation
On the same page of getting active for your mental health, yoga and meditation are methods that incorporate both mind and body, as well as their specific connection. Practicing yoga challenges the body, while pumping endorphins through the body. Meditation is a way to center focus on your intentions, and create an environment that you may rely on for emotional safety. Accessing a place where meditation does this for you may take time, but with practice, it is possible.
ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) has taken the internet by storm in part for its said ability to help those who experience discomfort or disorder from their mental function. This is due to the way it is often shared via video platforms. It’s a peculiar type of therapy that uses sounds and sights to ease the mind. It’s meant to be relaxing, centering, and provide those who listen with a safe sensation. It can be found mostly through videos. However, some facilities offer the service live.
If you’re not into the idea of sitting with a therapist to discuss what’s going on, trying other methods of therapy may help you to overcome it. If none of these seem appealing, know that not all therapists are the same. It usually takes trying a few to find one that is right for you. Personally, it took me years to discover a therapist that could communicate in a way that worked for me. It all comes in time. Be well, GR8 friends.