In honor of this year’s National Stress Awareness Day, try taking a different approach to your wellness through these self-therapy tips.
Self-therapy is the practice of treating yourself with therapeutic methods in order to deal with emotional or personal problems.
Self-therapy can encompass a variety of therapeutic philosophies including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness practices.
Scientists have been studying the effects of self-counseling for years, and the results have been promising. In one study, researchers compared the effects of self-therapy against traditional, face-to-face counseling. They found that each method actually had equal effects on participants’ levels of anxiety!
Below are some self-therapy practices any beginner can start out with:
Self-Therapy For The Mind
Instead of dwelling on whatever caused your situation and what you should have done differently, concentrate your energy on what actually matters; the solution.
Hindsight is 20/20, and getting yourself worked up over what happened in the past won’t allow you to work toward fixing it for your future.
Make Time for Gratitude Every Day
Sometimes, you need to put yourself in someone else’s shoes in order to realize how good you’ve got it.
Take time every day to really think about what you are grateful for in your life. This can help put the negatives in perspective and make you realize that they’re not so all-encompassing after all.
Try keeping a gratitude journal that you contribute to every day, so you can look back on all the things you have to be grateful for.
Try Guided Meditation to Ground Your Thoughts
Meditation is a great way to get your mind off of your stressors and find joy in the present, but for most of us that is easier said than done.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to meditate properly alone (or you know you can’t from experience!), try a short guided meditation every morning.
There are plenty of free online resources available, so try a few until you find one that resonates with you.
Celebrate National Stress Day with Self-Therapy for the Mind, Body, and Soul!