There are five things to do when you are busy with treatment

Life is busy. It seems that there are always a million things on your to-do list. Of course, it would be nice to see a shrink. Treatment can help you control stress, give you a place to let go of life's difficulties, so you don't always rely on family and friends, and provide professional support from people you really trust. But due to time constraints, there seems to be too much in your life to ask for one more thing on your schedule. However, let yourself have some time to take care of your emotional and mental health in these ways. Try an online therapy course, and now it's all online: shopping, booking and whatever else you need to sustain your life. Your treatment can also be done online. You can sit in the parking lot between business meetings and wait for your kids to finish their physical exercises, or you can travel on vacation or to work. It's a good choice for those who travel a lot because you don't have to go anywhere to meet. In addition, you don't have to go to the office to sit in the waiting room, and you don't have to miss a conversation with the therapist when you travel, which may help you stick with it.

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2. Going to a mental health seminar for a day (or a night) of self reflection and concern for your mental health can help you reduce stress. Search for events in your local newspaper, scroll through your city's Facebook events page, or search online for "mental health meetings" in your area. Another great resource is the national mental health alliance website. There you will find local therapists, groups you can join and educate around you. Don't you want to go alone? Instead of dinner or date night, suggest to your friends or important people what this alternative experience provides for your relationship.

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doesn't replace therapy, but they can help relieve stress, and if you have to skip one or two sessions, they can give you a break between them. Over the past 50 years, a wide range of studies have been conducted on psychotherapy and the most suitable types for humans. Each study had the same results: relationships with clinicians were most beneficial to mental health. So while apps don't promote relationships with clinicians, they do help relieve stress. Try applications like calm and insight timer, which provide structured meditation with timers, mindfulness exercises, and ways to overcome stress in time limited routines.

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4. The best way to read (or listen to) a book is to acquire knowledge. Knowledge is power. The more you understand your inner world, the more comfortable you are with yourself. Can you spare 20 minutes a day to read? Or can you listen to audiobooks in the car? Find the time, then take some reading materials. For example, on your way to work, listen to audiobooks about cognitive behavior or solution focused therapy. It's like taking a college course in psychology 101, and you don't have to pay for it. Please refer to these books for future readings: "mood over emotion" and "solution centered therapy: theory, research, and practice."

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5. Become your own therapist Your reaction to things you can't control increases your stress. Start paying attention to your reactions. Once you realize you're sweating, come up with a healthier response. For example, try smiling for 30 seconds when you're depressed. Or look in the mirror and talk to yourself about all the good things in life. Changing your behavior patterns requires practice, so make sure you keep track of them.

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What do you think? Are you too busy? Have you tried these options? Do you know how many of them? What are new to you? Do you think you will try it? When you don't have time to see a psychiatrist, do you have another choice? Share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions in the comments section below.

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