While the stigma surrounding mental health is slowly diminishing, concrete ways to improve mental well-being may struggle. Nowadays, you can find many new and experimental treatments that seem to offer quick ways to remove negativity from your life. Whether they actually work for you is hit or miss.
Technology can be a valuable tool in the confusing landscape of commercial therapy, where many therapists don’t practice what they preach. Put it to good use and just shed some of your past weight and help your wounds heal into healthy scars.
Use the Internet to research key influences on mental health
Despite the growing attention to mental health, there is a lack of high-quality mental health content in the education sector and in the wider community. Most people react to mental health-related experiences rather than implementing preventative measures.
Fortunately, there are some very useful resources available on the Internet to help you understand what causes mental suffering and what can be done to improve it.
If you’re not sure exactly where to start your research, it’s always a good idea to go back to where you started; Try exploring the effects of childhood trauma as described in the article Exploring Your Mind. In childhood, automatic defense mechanisms can often hide painful experiences. You may need to isolate and reintegrate behavior patterns that are currently affecting you in order to break free of them.
Also, you can read what major figures in modern psychology—Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung—and other experts have to say about trauma and healing in the form of books or online articles. While you may want to limit how Google tracks and stores your data, use specific Google search queries to find useful information about mental health.
In this way, sometimes, the stressful uncertainty that comes with mental health can gradually disappear. Then you can turn it into actionable knowledge that you can use for the mental well-being of yourself and others.
Use text editing apps to write your feelings
One of the most important practices you can do to increase clarity in your inner world is to write down your thoughts and feelings. You may not always have a pen and paper handy, and that’s where technology comes in.
You can find a variety of paid and free text editor apps that let you write down your inner monologues and emotions whenever the mood strikes. You can use the free Notes app on iPhone or the TextEdit app on Mac. Sublime Text is another free option, and if you have access to Microsoft Word, you can use it too.
The more you do it, the more obvious the importance of writing your thoughts down, because you’re putting seemingly disjointed pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on the table.
Only when many pieces are placed on the table, some of them fit together and some significant gaps still remain. Go ahead and you can rediscover and reconnect your own pieces.
Find someone to talk to about your past and present
If you’re ever hesitant to share your problems with someone else, there’s an old saying to remember: A shared problem cuts the problem in half. While our ancestors had to rely on pigeons and letters, you can arrange to connect with someone you trust with just a ping or two from your smartphone or computer.
If you’re lucky enough to have people you trust around you, don’t give in to feelings of shame or worry about what they think of you. Make the most of technology and use your favorite messaging app or social media to connect and start a conversation. It may not be possible to meet in person. If so, use Zoom, FaceTime, or the video calling feature that most messaging apps offer. Or tap the phone app on your smartphone and give them a traditional call.
Sometimes, it’s not necessary for your confidant to come up with a solution. When you speak the unspoken, it is an act of truth that creates a strong bond with yourself and often with others. If you don’t trust others to share your burdens, check out some great websites that talk about your mental health.
Some experiences are so painful that you may not be able to share them with others you know. In this case, expert-led therapy may be the best option for you.
No matter how small or large your pain is, sharing and healing is beneficial for everyone.
Find the right treatment for you
A Medical News Today article lists some of the many types of treatment available. Because you don’t know what’s best for you (each claiming to be the best for your mental health), you can feel overwhelmed by the choices.
Instead of locking yourself in, try a session with a therapist after researching online—again, Google is a useful tool—and build on your own first-hand experience. Remember that there are high-quality and low-quality professionals in every type of treatment. If you’re not sure where to start, remember that talk therapies have significant supporting evidence and history.
Another option to consider is learning and integrating mindfulness practices into your life. A great place to start is with a free-thinking project. Select the Free resources Tab on the website for guided meditation exercises. As you practice mindfulness consistently, you can feel a growing sense of peace, awareness, and acceptance within you.
If drawing or painting is one of your creative channels, you may want to consider free art therapy apps to relieve stress. Another thing to note is that the therapy you choose will tell you what to think or guide you in understanding why you think or do certain things. Removing or replacing negative thoughts is not the same as accepting or understanding them.
Try online therapy or counseling
The internet has made it easier than ever to find an online therapist near you, or even continents of therapists. This can be very beneficial as you can attend sessions from the comfort of your home and avoid commuting hours.
Before you jump at the first opportunity for therapy, it’s important to make sure the therapist is the professional they say they are. If not, your personal information could be at risk or worse.
The truth is that anyone can claim to be a therapist or a counselor. This makes it important to ensure that they have the appropriate licenses. Not only does this ensure confidentiality practices are respected, but often this can maintain desired boundaries between patient and therapist.
This extends to the website or application where the online sessions are held. You want to make sure that such platforms are safe before using them.
To make sure a therapist is licensed, first, use an online search engine to find out which licensing or certifications are valid in your country, city, or state. If the therapist claims to be a psychiatrist or family therapist, you’ll want to visit the appropriate licensing board’s website. You should then search for the therapist’s name and see information about their license, including whether it is active or revoked.
Apply these background checks and find only the best therapy apps or online therapists. In this way, you can take advantage of online treatment.
Psychiatry is not a race; It’s a journey.
There are more free and paid resources than ever to expand your understanding of mental health and the inner world. Use the Internet to see what experts have to say about injury and healing. Fill it with text-editing apps to write your feelings and build a map of your inner workings.
If you can, share your problem with trusted others to reduce the burden you feel. Then, research online to find the best course of treatment for you, and your mental health will benefit long-term, away from short-term fixes.