How to measure personal growth, self-improvement without sabotaging your confidence

Working on self-improvement and bettering your lifestyle is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. However, without taking into account your needs and limits, it can turn into a long and difficult battle against yourself. To avoid increasing your risk of mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and stress, it’s important to break down and fully understand your self-improvement journey.

Understanding self-Improvement without creating an obsession

Taking on a self-improvement project simply to be a better version of yourself is all the reasoning you may need to fully commit to the experience. However, it’s crucial to develop a personal growth plan with realistic goals and measurements to truly bloom into a better person. Ask yourself why you’ve decided to do this, how you’d like to benefit from the experience, and what opportunities you’d like to take advantage of as you progress.

Obsessing over your self-image and rushing through programs won’t transform you into a happier, healthier, brighter person. Instead, it can have the opposite effect; if you’ve set expectations too high, it can be a hard hit to your mentality and motivation. Pacing yourself and developing a checks and balances system that prioritizes your health is crucial for successfully measuring and seeing advancements in personal growth.

Set Reasonable Goals and Expectations

While you don’t need to break down your goals into minute-by-minute bite-sized pieces, breaking up your overall objectives can make success feel more obtainable. Start by acknowledging what you want out of this strategy; why do you want to accomplish this particular end goal? What kind of changes are you hoping to see? Outlining these answers can provide you with motivation throughout the process, giving you concrete reasons to work toward.

These questions can also help you think of alternative routes to get to the end goal. By coming up with secondary plans, you’re less likely to be hard on yourself for missed opportunities or taking breaks. For example, if you want to lose a certain amount of weight, don’t just focus on hitting the gym for X amount of days a week. Instead, also consider what you’re eating, how you can edit your schedule if you happen to miss a day, and what home workouts you can do instead.

Define Boundaries While Testing Limits

Acknowledge that you’re going to make mistakes and need to take breaks. The path to your objective shouldn’t be set in stone – too many factors can arise to throw off your plans and hard work. Instead, take time to acknowledge the possibility of a delay in your plans or the need to adjust your end result. While pushing your limits doesn’t always result in a negative outcome, pushing too far, too hard, too quickly can lead to physical and mental damage that will set you back even further.

Prioritize Your Health

Not only do you need to take your physical health into account, but it’s also important to consider the mental health toll of personal growth. Forming new habits and working towards ambitious goals can cause you to test your limits. It’s crucial to pay attention to your body’s response and use an encouraging inner voice.

With mental health resources like BetterHelp, you can talk with an experienced professional about your personal growth plan and how you can take into account your mental well-being. With their support, you’ll have the tools necessary to notice and change your attitude towards a situation that may increase your anxiety and stress.

Develop a Strong Support Group

Find close friends, family members, and mentors to help you not only stay on track but stay positive as well. Discuss your plans and desired outcome and take into account their feedback and suggestions. If a trusted teacher or friend remarks on the timeline or intensity of your program, consider discussing alternatives or adjustments that would be more realistic for you.

A quality support group will not only be there to support you but will also point out when you’re looking worse for wear. As you work on yourself, it can be difficult to gauge your gradual deterioration in energy, motivation, or comfort. Your support group is there to notice these changes and provide just as much encouragement of a break or change in your plans. While measuring personal growth can be what you need to finally cross the finish line, it doesn’t need to be an anxiety-inducing process.

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Working Through Trauma: How long does it take to recover from abuse?

Recovery is different for each person, situation, and circumstance. Traumatic events leave lasting scars that each individual has ways of coping with. Trust and treatment are especially difficult for those struggling with an abusive past, PTSD, and other traumatic symptoms. 

Finding the right therapist, treatment program, and support system can be a long and difficult journey. However, developing a deeper understanding of mental health and the effects of abuse can encourage people to look for the help they need.

Mental health impacts of abuse and traumatic events

Abuse can happen at any age, from any kind of relationship, and in a number of ways. Trauma isn’t only developed at a young age – it can come after a physically abusive relationship, verbally abusive job, or even a toxic and taxing friendship. While the varying circumstances can affect individuals in dramatically different ways, the end result of trauma is most often the development of a mental health condition.

Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are all common effects of abuse, including reduced trust in individuals, triggering situations, and a negative self-image. Without treatment and support, a person can rapidly decline in their mental state and capabilities. Reaching out to online mental health resources like BetterHelp can help start the journey to recovery as you work through the phases of trauma recovery.

Phases of Trauma Recovery

Safety and Stabilization

The Manitoba Trauma Information & Education Centre lists the first step in recovering from trauma as regaining a sense of security. Those experiencing trauma often feel insecure, unsafe, and uncomfortable in their own bodies and environment.

This process can take anywhere from weeks to years, depending on the support and safety they’re provided. It’s important to start by identifying the areas of their life that need to be stabilized and how to help build trust and comfort within their space.

Remembrance and Mourning

In order to heal and process trauma, one needs to acknowledge and talk through it. It’s crucial to work through this step with a support system, primarily with a trusted counselor or therapist. After you’ve been able to feel safe and vulnerable, it’s time to start pacing yourself through the explanation and story of the event.

Taking the time to go slow and steady is important to avoid activating a fight, flight, or freeze response that can trigger a shutdown. It gives you the opportunity to recognize what was lost and mourn the past.

Reconnection and Integration

It’s not enough to talk through the trauma and put the story behind you. Instead, it’s necessary to rediscover your sense of sense and actively seek a future purpose. This is in an effort to reduce the hold of your trauma, taking away its power over your life.

After acknowledging the impact of your experience, you need to reconnect and integrate into a new life that isn’t dictated or defined by trauma. This process looks different for everyone but having a mental health professional help you work through goals and continuously support you through challenging times can give you the motivation you need to continue forward.

Building a Support System

Having a strong support system is crucial during the time of recovery. As mentioned in the first phase, you may be feeling uncomfortable and unsafe in your environment. While this may not be directly the fault of those around you, it can be an effort to trust others depending on their involvement, proximity to the abuser or situation, or their opinions on mental health.

While having close family members and friends in your support system is helpful for having someone who knows you intimately, it’s not always realistic for certain trauma patients. Instead, consider finding a support group, online or in-person, and connecting with others working through recovery. They should be positive, encouraging, and willing to give you the space needed to work through your own recovery time.

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What makes for a fulfilling life? It’s different for everyone, but there are common themes

You’re not alone in thinking that whether you’re actually happy and living life to your fullest potential. At some point in our lives everyone evaluates whether we’re on the right path.

Recently I happened across a Quora thread that posed an interesting question that triggered this thought: “how does one ‘live’ their 20s and not feel like they wasted it?” I found it interesting because the vast majority of us are not fully-formed in our twenties and aren’t sure what we really, really want, and thus shouldn’t judging our past selves.

One popular answer was from user Chris Ebbert seemed way too-specific. Ebbert said that if he had this 20’s to live over again he would:

If I were to relive my 20s again, I would (have) drank less wine, committed to my studies properly, dated more girls, dressed better, and learned to cook. {Those things) would have improved my 20s by such a margin, I can’t even describe it. I spent those years in a wine fueled haze of negativity and cynicism, dressed like an idiot, and single, but eating at restaurants all the time because I didn’t even know how to make a pot of rice.

Not only does my 20’s not align with his 20’s, but my desires and what I value are different, so it makes sense that some of his examples doesn’t exactly resonate with me.

Individual desires vs. human themes

Though we may differ in the individual things we desire from life, there are larger categories that we can agree on. When people reflect on their lives there are general themes that fall into the bucket of taking more risks, being more productive, using their time more wisely, and not comparing themselves to others.

For me personally, a couple themes I would have taken more action on in my 20’s was to take more risks. That would have manifested itself as ask that person you were attracted to out on a date, playing the stock market more aggressively or betting on cricket with casumo, been more spontaneous with my time and taken a chance on a couple business ideas I had.

The second one was to not caring so much about what others thought, or what I think they potentially thought about my actions. I think having consideration for others and empathy for others is an awesome attribute to have, but I’ve learned you can’t let it paralyze you from doing what you want.

Life isn’t one decade, it’s the entire journey…

I don’t necessarily regret that I didn’t do these things as I am quite happy with who I am and where I am now. Not taking those risks and developing and fine-tuning my consideration of others has been a part of my life journey.

What I’ve found is that enjoying one’s life isn’t necessarily about accomplishing goals, being happy the entire time, or spending a decade of your life differently, but it’s the entirety of one’s life journey. The current life expectancy is nearly 79 years of age, so to place so much weight on just one decade is short-sighted and unnecessarily cutting yourself short. 

And answers to questions like how does one ‘live’ their 20s and not feel like they wasted it? are too broad to apply to everyone. What we should be considering are the thematic regrets that those that have lived a full life would advise you and ensure we don’t have those same regrets. 

In short, fulfillment is about living a deeply meaningful life, a life of purpose and satisfaction. Fulfillment is not necessarily about happiness. It is about meaning, deep meaning. It’s about one’s vision, their dreams, and living in full alignment and flow with their values.

The main point of the above definition is that living a fulfilling life isn’t necessarily becoming a CEO, making millions of dollars, having 2.5 children by this age, or driving a certain car, but it’s an intentional mindset of really dialing in on the things that fulfill you emotionally; things that give you genuine satisfaction.

And it’s never too late, always remember that life is a journey. It’s never too late to be who you are and happy.

 

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Should I seek counseling for my fear of holes (Trypophobia)?

A phobia is a reaction or excessive fear of an object or situation. While phobias can be classified as “irrational”, they can trigger severe discomfort, nausea, and panic attacks in some individuals. You may be familiar with and even know people who have a “common” phobia: a fear of flying, heights, spiders, or thunder and lightning.

If you or a friend experience that kind of deep-rooted fear and anxiety over holes; perticularly patterns or clusters of holes, you may be a part of a small percentage of individuals with trypophobia.

What is Trypophobia?

Trypophobia is the fear of holes or clusters of holes. For example, things like honeycombs, strawberry surfaces, hives, or a cluster of eyes can make a person extremely uncomfortable, queasy, afraid, or even anxious enough to have a panic attack.

While trypophobia isn’t considered a mental illness, there have been studies that suggest it can lead to major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. Without properly acknowledging the fear or seeking treatment, you could potentially increase your risk of stress and anxiety. Instead, even if this isn’t a problem that occurs often, it’s important to talk with someone about managing your phobias and anxieties to better control your response.

Working through your fear of holes with a Counselor

With the help of mental health professionals through online resources like BetterHelp, you can discuss your fears and stressors in order to find solutions. These solutions may come in the form of exposure therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or just working through possible underlying traumas that have contributed to the phobia. With the advancements in technology, availability, and affordability of mental health care, you can connect with a therapist that makes you feel safe and comfortable to open up about these difficulties.

It’s important to note that you don’t necessarily need to seek the help of a counselor because there’s something “wrong” with you. Rather, much like you would consult a doctor because of persistent side pain, it’s to find ways to cope with these situations in order to function. Phobias of every type affect millions of people daily – you’re not alone and you’re doing what’s best for your mental health by seeking the advice of a professional.

Steps to Work Through A Triggering Event

As with many phobias, there are varying levels of trypophobia for people. While it’s not currently recognized as a mental disorder, there are people who report feeling fear, panic, and extreme discomfort because of their phobia. If you find yourself in a triggering situation that can induce a panic attack, there are steps you can take to reduce the increasing sense of dread.

Breathing Exercises: There are several types of breathing exercises you can do to reduce anxiety and decrease an oncoming panic attack. Focus on keeping your breath steady, slowly breathing in through your stomach instead of into your chest and shoulders. Count to five on the inhale, hold your breath for three seconds, and release for five seconds. After a pause, continue to bring your heart rate to a normal speed and get your blood moving through your body.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation: For some people, physical grounding helps reduce the onset of a panic attack by focusing their minds on a separate task. Start by pressing your fingertips into your thumbs. Then, clench your fists for a few seconds and then stretch your fingers out. Combining this with breathing exercises can help bring your focus back to the present and regulate your heart rate.

Reach Out to Your Support System: Talking with close family members and friends can help you not only come to terms with your fear but also feel welcome to reach out for help. Explain your discomfort and anxiety, the symptoms you experience, and how you’re currently treating them. With a strong support system, including your mental health professional, you can work through solutions and treatment possibilities in order to reduce the effects and possibly confront underlying conditions of your phobias.

LGBTQIA+ Therapists Are Essential: Here’s how to find the right one

The right fit makes a world of difference when it comes to finding a therapist. Many people are aware that therapists often use different therapy modalities, have varying educational backgrounds, or focus on specific concerns such as anxiety or trauma. However, what you may not know is that there are also therapists who specialize in working with various populations. This is imperative for many people when it comes to getting the most out of therapy.

Why LGBTQIA+ Therapists Are Essential

Why are LGBTQIA+ therapists so important? It just makes sense that someone that has a similar identity may have shared experiences in which they can help delve deeper into. There are many reasons as to why this is the case, but here are some of the most vital:

Understanding

Since an LGBTQIA+ therapist is more likely to be versed in matters that impact LGBTQIA+ individuals, finding an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist can give you a sense of understanding that you might struggle to find otherwise. Sometimes, you’ll want to talk about your life in the context of an LGBTQIA+ experience, and having someone who understands that context makes a world of difference. This may come down to the nuances of your relationships, gender dysphoria, systemic barriers facing LGBT community, world issues or events that impact LGBTQIA+ individuals, terms that you use, or something else.

Trust

Whether you’re seeking individual therapy, group therapy, or couples therapy, it can be a lot easier to start trusting a mental health professional if you go into it knowing that you’re safe both physically and emotionally. You don’t have to trust a provider on the first session in any case, but it can help you have a better therapeutic connection in the sense that you know that you can truly be open and show every aspect of who you are in therapy.

Even if a therapist is accepting, if they don’t specialize in the LGBTQIA+ population, what can sometimes happen is that a person feels as though they have to keep things inside as a reflex. On the other hand, if you know what population a therapist works with, it can be a lot easier to let your guard down and talk about what’s going on in your life, especially if that’s something you’d struggle with otherwise.

Progress

When you feel like you can talk to your therapist about anything that’s on your mind, and when you’re able to achieve that sense of safety and understanding we all want in and outside of therapy, you’re more likely to make the progress you want to make. Depending on what you’re looking for (some people will seek ongoing mental health support, whereas others may attend one or two sessions to get a letter for a medical procedure through the informed consent model, etc.), this can save a lot of time, money, and stress. It’s also worth noting that certain concerns, such as eating disorders, are more prevalent in the LGBTQIA+ population. An LGBTQIA+ therapist is more likely to understand how these different factors may intersect so that they can support you holistically.

Finding A LGBTQIA-Friendly Therapist

Here are some ways to go about finding an LGBTQIA+ therapist:

  1. Ask your doctor for a referral to an LGBTQIA+ therapist in your area.
  2. Search the web for an LGBTQIA+ therapist in your area using search terms such as “LGBTQIA+ therapist near me.”
  3. Ask local LGBTQIA+ community organizations for recommendations. This may be particularly beneficial if you aren’t comfortable asking your doctor or are struggling to find providers who meet your needs. If you are a student at a college or university, you may have a counseling center or LGBTQIA+ student resource center that can help.
  4. Use an online therapy website. Many online therapy websites like BetterHelp have licensed LGBTQIA+ therapists. Often, when you sign up for a reputable online therapy website, they’ll have you take a quick questionnaire that’ll help you find the right match. It’s also often faster and more affordable to find a provider through an online therapy website.

If you want to learn more about mental health and therapy, visit Mind Diagnostics to take mental health quizzes and read about everything from depression to even video game addiction. When you’re ready to try therapy, you can tap in your zip code and you’ll see a range of providers in your area who work with various populations, concerns, and modalities.

Simply type in your zip code, and you’ll see a range of providers in your area who work with various populations, concerns, and modalities. Regardless of how you reach out for support, take pride in doing so. Asking for support is something to be proud of, and you deserve to get the help you need.

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How online therapy Is bridging gaps: How effective is it, and how do you find a reputable site?

Maybe, you’ve been considering online therapy for a while and are ready to take the leap, or perhaps, you’re considering it for the first time and want to learn more.

There are many advantages to choosing online therapy, but how effective is it, and how do you find a legitimate site? Here are some major ways online therapy is bridging gaps in mental health care as well as information on the efficacy of online therapy and how to know if an online therapy website or platform is reputable.

Ways Online Therapy Bridges Gaps

Here are some of the ways that online therapy bridges gaps and makes mental health care more accessible to individuals and communities:

  • Online therapy is often more cost-effective (and it should be cheaper considering). Particularly if you seek services through an online therapy platform, website, or app, therapy or counseling will often be more affordable than it is if you seek traditional in-person counseling or therapy. Without insurance, a therapy session can cost up to $200 or more in a private practice setting, where online therapy websites often start at around $90 per week and bill you on a monthly basis rather than at the end of each session.
  • There’s no need to commute. Online therapy allows you to access a licensed mental health provider from anywhere with a reliable internet connection. This is advantageous not just for those with busy schedules but also for those in remote areas or those who struggle to make it to appointments due to lack of access to transportation or for any other reason. You can typically choose between phone calls or video calls depending on what you prefer, too.
  • It can make it easier to find the right fit. This might be a surprising benefit of online therapy services, but it’s a very real one. It can be hard to find a specialist in your local area, but with only therapy, you can see anyone who is licensed to practice in your state. If you’ve found it hard to find a specific kind of therapy, a provider with a particular specialty, or something else that you’re looking for in a therapeutic environment, online therapy might be the answer.

The Efficacy Of Online Therapy

Is online therapy effective? The research says yes. Online therapy has been studied and proven effective for individuals, couples, families, and groups. All of the above show that online therapy is indeed beneficial for people seeking various types of therapy for a range of concerns. With all of this in mind, the question that you’re probably asking is, “Is online therapy for me?” The answer to this question will vary from person to person based on their needs and preferences, but if you think that it might be a good fit for you, it’s an excellent option with a ton of advantages.

Remember that if you don’t like the first therapist you see or if you don’t like the first modality of therapy you try, you can always switch. The same is true for a preference between online therapy and therapy you’d receive face-to-face. More and more providers are offering services online, and remote services have continued to gain popularity over time, so if you want to give it a shot, there’s nothing to lose.

Finding A Reputable Platform

There are a number of ways to find a therapist both in person and online. If you’re looking for an online therapy website or platform and want to make sure that it’s legitimate, the main thing you’ll want to check on is if the providers who work through the platform are licensed.

You can sign up for an online platform with licensed professionals like BetterHelp, search the web for a provider in your area who offers remote sessions, ask your doctor for a referral, or use a website like Mind Diagnostics to learn more about common mental health issues.

All that you have to do is type in your zip code, and you’ll see a diverse variety of providers near you. Regardless of if you see someone in person or online, the important thing is that you reach out for help when you need it. Taking care of your mental health is vital, so don’t hesitate to get started.

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Be an ally to the Asian community by supporting their mental health #stopasianhate

The world has become a very scary and confusing place over the last several years. Some groups of people are much more afraid and stressed than others at the moment, though. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, and many people have struggled with these changes. There are positive signs that things are moving in the right direction so that the world can get closer to feeling normal again, but there are also many troubling things happening in society.

There are people out there who wrongly place the blame for the pandemic on Asian people. COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, and this has caused certain hateful individuals to terrorize Asian communities in the United States. Some Asian-Americans have been attacked and many hate crimes have been perpetrated.

#StopAsianHate

If you’re one of the many people who are horrified that this is happening right now, then you likely want to be an ally to the Asian community during this trying time. The Stop Asian Hate movement is doing what it can right now to try to battle these hate crimes. There are many ways that you can be an ally to the Asian community right now that will make a difference.

Educate Yourself

Educating yourself is one of the best things that you can do right now when you’re trying to be an ally to the Asian community. The reason why there are so many people coming out against the Asian community is that people are misinformed. Yes, racism has a lot to do with these attacks and hate crimes, but people often develop these beliefs due to ignorance and misinformation. Being educated and informed about the topics might help you to dissuade others from believing falsehoods.

At the very least, being cognizant of what’s going on in the world is important. Understand what’s really happening and don’t turn a blind eye to the situation. It isn’t always going to be comfortable for people to see what’s happening. It’s still imperative to educate yourself and try to help in the ways that you can.

Challenge Racism

Challenging racism is another thing that can help the Asian community (and all communities) during this time. Some people might think that it’s fine to make racist remarks about Asian people or other minorities. They might say things that aren’t true about them or try to blame them for things that they had nothing to do with. Staying silent doesn’t help and you should attempt to challenge racism wherever you can.

Be supportive of Asian people and other minorities. Let people in your family know that they’re wrong if they hold hateful beliefs about other races. Racism isn’t something that should be given oxygen. Shut it down and let the people in your circle know that racism and hate crimes are acts of evil.

Listen to Asian Voices and Amplify Them

Just listening to Asian voices is very important during this difficult time. Many Asian people are doing what they must to stand up to this threat. It’s a scary time for the Asian community, but there are powerful individuals letting their voices be heard. You should take the time to listen to what they have to say and to try to understand where they’re coming from.

If possible, you should try to amplify their voices by sharing videos on social media so that more people will get  the message. Hopefully, this Stop Asian Hate movement will help people to understand each other better. The goal is to stop the violence and to put an end to people trying to blame the world’s problems on minorities. Keep an open mind be willing to listen to Asians that are bravely standing up right now.

If you’re feeling depressed or anxious due to everything that’s happening right now, then you’re far from alone. These are tumultuous times, but it’s possible that things will get much better soon with so many people cooperating for the greater good. Even so, you might need help if you feel like your mental health isn’t where it needs to be. Knowing that you can reach out to an online therapist at any time if you need someone to talk to.

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Coming up with a Relapse Therapy Plan can help you to stay on the right path

Addiction is something that takes a toll on your life. Getting sober is a great accomplishment, but that doesn’t mean that things are going to be easy moving forward. Many people struggle with sobriety, and some are going to relapse over time. Coming up with a relapse prevention plan might help you to stay on the right path.

Keep reading to learn about some helpful relapse prevention plan tips. This could make it easier for you to enjoy long-term sobriety. There will be difficult times in the future, but knowing what to expect and having a plan can help to mitigate things. When you feel like you have the support that you need, it’s going to be possible to keep walking down a positive road in life.

Understand What Your Triggers Are

People who struggle with addiction will generally have triggers that they will need to learn to identify. Some people will have common triggers, but many different things can act as a trigger. For example, if you’re someone who is recovering from alcohol addiction, then certain things might make you feel a strong urge to have a drink. If you understand the types of actions and situations that make you feel this way, then you can do your best to actively avoid them.

It’s also good for the people in your life to understand what your triggers are. This allows the people closest to you to try to help you make good decisions. They can also do their best to avoid accidentally triggering you so that you will feel the urge to relapse. Planning ahead truly does have the potential to make things go a lot easier, and it’s worthwhile to try to be honest about your triggers.

Join a Support Group of Some Kind

Joining a support group of some kind is a great way to keep yourself from relapsing. There are many different support groups out there that you can consider. Some of them might be religious in nature, but not all of them are. Generally, these groups are about getting people together that are going through similar struggles, and the group can share experiences so that they understand that they’re not alone.

Groups usually consist of people at different stages of recovery as well. There are often people who have many years of sobriety in the groups to help act as mentors for those who are new to sobriety. Groups like this help because they make you feel like you’re being held accountable. You’ll be getting ample support and you’ll be able to talk to people that truly do understand the things that you’re going through as a recovering addict.

Try to Focus On Positive Behaviors

Many people have had a good experience with trying to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. Focusing more of your attention on things that will benefit your mental health and physical health might make a difference. For instance, you could try to dedicate yourself to improving your physical conditioning. Working out has mental health benefits and it can help you to improve your overall self-confidence.

Keeping yourself busy with positive things while also being surrounded by supportive individuals can help you to avoid relapsing. Exercise alone isn’t going to be enough of a relapse prevention plan for most people, but there are many other things that you can do. Try to find good ways to use your time that won’t make you feel like you did in the past when you wanted to drink or use drugs. Eventually, you’ll start to feel more confident about sobriety, but you’ll still need to be careful to protect yourself.

You can get back to leading your life and focusing on your goals while recovering from addiction. Just be careful and use positive actions to cope with the stress of your everyday life. If you run a business or have a stressful job, then you’ll need to be especially careful not to fall into old habits. Positive behaviors can help you to focus your energy on good things, and you can learn to cope with stress effectively.

Online Therapy

Online therapy is a great thing for anyone who is recovering from addiction. You can be matched with an online therapist who specializes in treating patients who have addiction issues. It’ll be possible to come up with coping mechanisms while also working through various mental health issues. You never have to face things alone when you have an online therapist on your side.

This is a convenient way for anyone to get help and support when they’re going through a tough time. You can also receive online relationship counseling if you need to work on things with your significant other. Addiction can negatively impact your life in so many ways, but you can reclaim your happiness. Understand that help is available and that you can contact an online therapist whenever you’re ready.

Here’s 5 ways to motivate yourself so you can finally get to writing your essay

If you think that you’re a lazy bone or a full-on procrastinator that cannot manage to write an essay in the time allotted, you’re not alone. From my experience most students struggle to write an essay or even a writing a simple book report is an extreme challenge of discipline.

Instead of meeting all the deadlines, students tend to spend time on social media, watching reality TV, streaming or other social things that could be easily postponed. Let’s investigate what approaches out there that will help you come up with a high-quality essay without having to devote all of your time and energy to it.

Why most procrastinate writing a school essay 

It is kind of a rhetorical statement since you may have different reasons to postpone the writing. Instead of facing any of them, and preventing the bad grades, some students often type in the search engines – can you pay someone to write your essay where they find agencies that help students. However, let’s overlook some of the reasons why you can’t write your essay.

  • An essay is homework. It sounds very logical, an essay equals homework. Yes, this is what makes the assignment feel like such a burden. Students wish to come back home and have free time instead of spending time more time invested in schoolwork. By imagining that you have to “waste” half an hour or hour for an essay is daunting and renders most lazy, so change up your perspective.
  • You want to impress a professor. Some students cannot even start writing the outline for an essay because they think too much of what their professors would like to read the most about. Such intentions to impress someone are 1) strange since you should write to share your opinion only, 2) time-consuming since you waste time thinking about your professor’s preferences.
  • You are afraid to fail again, and again, and again. If you have had a bad experience in submitting past essays, you are most likely to postpone such tasks for later because they’re associated with bad feelings and disappointment. ? 

If you find yourself in any of the above-mentioned descriptions, you are half the way to solving their reasons for not writing. If you do not write for other reasons, read the next paragraph too. It helps to approach the challenging essay easily.

5 tips to get writing on your essay

So, here we go to the actual approaches to writing the essay. All the advice is based on students’ tips, experiences, and just feedback found online from graduates who succeeded in getting a diploma with honors, etc.

Make It a Fun Process

Yes, you may now complain about such advice but think of making your room comfy, asking your best friends to join you, and make some drinks to refresh your mind. Instead of sitting glued to the chair, you may share ideas about the essay with your friend, and have a prolific discussion that will lead you to the best structure and content of your paper.

Spend Some Time on Research

Prior to starting writing, give yourself 1-2 days for research. You should surf the Internet to get inspiration on topics, and arguments to use. Try to find look-alike works to your preferred topic, and overlook what you should not use to be caught with plagiarism further on. Or, just see how one student wrote it, and what structure he/she followed.

Recruit Your Willpower to Avoid Distractions

Obviously, the first enemy of every student is a mobile phone. It always distracts one from the studying process and cannot give a second even to concentrate due to messengers. If you want to write an essay, set a timer or download an app that blocks the mobile phone activity for some time. For instance, give yourself 30 minutes of prolific research and writing, and then 10 minutes of social media. If you are a real superhero, you may hide your mobile phone until you are done with the essay.

Relax When No Ideas Come

Do not make yourself struggle from writing the essays. If you have a good day and believe your boosted mood may give you some ideas for writing, use this chance. If you are not feeling well, or just tired, exhausting yourself in front of the laptop will do no good. When you do not have a single idea or strength to start writing, go for a walk or do other activities. Otherwise, you may simply end up having a bad grade because your mood dictated the ideas instead of your fresh mind.

Ask for Help Online

Together with agencies that help students write essays, you may join social media groups on Facebook where other students (and companies) can share tips, free examples, advice on researching, etc.

Beyond that, some may even post the problem, and receive the solution from others. For instance, write your topic name, and ask others for any suggestions on how to make it good. Please, do not write something like – what should I write? It looks like you expect others to waste their all-time on your lazy bone’s tasks.

Now, you are equipped with fundamental approaches on how to beat your writing procrastination. If you require more tips, never neglect the help of professors, who may share their personal experience in writing.

 

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