Category: Tools For Mental Health

Chat Rooms As Online Therapy For Depression

 

 

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People are often using the internet for their many needs like education, leisure, shopping, personal connection, and even mental health support. It is true that there are many online chat rooms out there to serve and help you cope with depression. But a word of caution – not all sites are safe for use. Some are posers who prey on people with difficulties and issues. So beware.

 

“Beware of companies that promise “anonymous online therapy” but don’t protect the person in therapy or the clinician,” wrote Janeen Herskovitz, MA, LMHC.

 

Anyway, if you need online help, here are some well-known online chat room websites that you can register for free and talk to other people with similar struggles:

 

“There are anonymous helplines, websites, and forums [where] you can connect to talk about what you’re struggling with,” said Ruthie Kalai, LCSW.

 

Depression Chat Rooms (depression-chat-rooms.org)

The home page will give you an option of where you want to go to the website. There is a Depression Chat Rooms button, a Depression Blogs button, a Depression Forums button, and a Depression Gallery button. No matter what button you go to, you need to log in with your username or nickname and password as you choose the channel to enter.

 

This website aims to provide friendly assistance for those with depression and anxiety issues. They also welcome people with various mental health problems which can promote the development of depression and anxiety. The other mental health conditions mentioned in the rooms and forums are bipolar disorder, anorexia, bulimia, OCD, and more. The page states that the first three rooms discussed above cater to communication purposes, for your guidance.

 

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Depression Chat Room Therapy (chatzy.com)

One of the most popular online chat rooms for depression is from Chatzy. The whole website is moving towards helping teens and young adults with their mental health issues especially depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and other problems. People are encouraged to talk about their difficulties and concerns because it is one way of dealing with it.

 

The only way to access the chat rooms is by free registration. It is the admin’s purpose to facilitate in helping people feel safe within the site and. Also, they see Chatzy as a sort of online therapy or refuge with individuals available to connect with 24/7.

 

Healthful Chat (healthfulchat.org)

Upon entering the Depression Chat Room of Healthful Chat for the first time, you will be able to read a lovely and inspiring open letter from the admin of the website. It talks about the primary mission of Healthful Chat, and that is to be sensitive to the needs of people with various mental health problems especially those with the most prevalent issue of all around the globe – depression. They offer peer support and have stated the importance of medical attention. Also, for the website to function better, they have a Donate button for those who are willing to share and keep the chat rooms operational.

 

Depression Sanctuary (depressionsanctuary.org)

Depression Sanctuary is an online platform moderated by people who have overcome depression or some type of mental health issue in the past. The services within, usually peer support, are free and at no expense to the assisted person. There will also be online tools on the site which can help the person with depression deal with his or her issue.

 

The person who needs support will also be enveloped with care by understanding people who are willing to help any time of the day. It is a sanctuary indeed for those who can’t talk to people in person for various reasons.

 

Mixed Nuts (mixednuts.net)

If you want a website that focuses on depression and bipolar disorder, then Mixed Nuts is the place to go. They welcome people with depression, bipolar disorder, and those who have both. A person with bipolar disorder does have depressive episodes. And so there is a strong connection between the two mental health issues.

 

The website has a chat room, a depression information page, a bipolar disorder information page, and a crisis help page. The crisis help page offers support for people from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. It is all around the world.

 

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Reaching out is the first step. And once you reach out, “let the person know that you need to talk and ask if they have time,” said licensed clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus, PsyD.

 

Just A Reminder

Again, it is stressed that you have to be careful when registering and talking to people in chat rooms. You will be entering these websites at your own risk. If at any time you are uncomfortable, speak directly to a website moderator to sort out the concern. But in most situations, these websites and chat rooms are an effective way to ease people with troubled hearts and minds.

On Instagram – People Who Deal With Their Depression Head-On And Without Reservations (Psychiatrist Applauds This!)

The influence of social media has taken its toll in almost everything. Social media tools like Instagram are found to be useful in the dissemination of mental health disorder information such as depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, and the likes. Its latest facts and current studies on mental health issues, how to prevent it and people with such conditions with their heart-breaking or inspiring stories are laying it all out. Most users find comfort by getting connected with others who also happen to have the same mental health conditions.

“Most of the work of therapy happens outside the consultation room,” licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, PsyD, says. “The best progress happens when you apply what you’ve learned outside that setting, in your real life.”

 

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With this, some regular but depression-battling people became well-known for their posts that can be of help to others burdened by the same signs, symptoms, and stories. (For some of them, their psychiatrist approved of the idea to use social media as a means of self-help.)

Below are some of the Instagram users that have made a significant impact on their followers talking about the problem as mentioned earlier:

 

 

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@makeddaisychains

This account is owned by Hannah Daisy who is an artist based in the United Kingdom. She’s a mental health activist and is famous for her #boringselfcare hashtag. Her posts are more on how she takes care of herself in almost every way. She became a figure of encouragement and a reminder for others of the importance of self-worth.

“Self-care has to become a habit so that when we’re dealing with stress, we remember that, ‘Hey, I need to take care of myself in this situation,'” wrote Barbara Markway PhD.

@selfloveclubb

Milly Smith or also known as the “body/self-lovin’ bad-ass momma” is the owner of the well-raved Instagram account @selfloveclubb. It tackles more on body positivity and mental health empowerment as well. She is fond of posting facts and stories about anxiety and depression, and many have found it to be very enlightening.

“Everyone feels better when they can accept themselves and stop spending so much energy hating their bodies,” wrote Alexis Conason, PsyD.

@elyse.fox

Elyse Fox posted her personal experience documentary about depression. This documentary was watched and shared by people from all parts of the world. There were claims wherein her video has become an eye opener for some people in the same situation. It also helped others to consciously stay away from depressive conditions by living a life that is healthy for one’s mental state.

 

@bethdrawstrings

 

Beth Evans used her gift of drawing in illustrating details and facts about depression. Not many words come out in her IG account, but the messages are always clear to many of her followers. Her illustrations became an inspiration to others battling mental health problems.

 

@ambler09

 

Because of a family tragedy, Luke Ambler created the Andy’s Man Club were men suffering from depression can talk about their issues freely. This group became a “men’s free space” in dealing with their problem.

 

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@marcelailustra

 

Marcela Sabia uses her Instagram account to share her thoughts on body positivity, self-love, and mental health awareness. She’s all for the love of self, and she will make you adore yourself even more.

 

@brenebrown

 

Brene Brown shares her thoughts on courage, vulnerability, and empathy. Her posts come in informative articles and stories which are often very encouraging and at the same time inspiring. These have helped many people get educated with depression and anxiety.

 

@stephsayshello

 

Stephanie Baxter demonstrated her thoughts through inspirational quotes. These illustrative quotes are liked and shared by people from all over the world. She is also known for donating proceeds of her artwork to charities that support mental health awareness. This act of hers further boosted her popularity.

 

@thelatestkate

 

Latest Kate’s artwork is famous for using animal caricatures to exemplify thoughts on how to live a life even with depression. People found it entertaining at the same time educational. But to those who are suffering from this condition, the account became their refuge to live their lives every day amidst the inner demons.

Are Mental Health Apps Helpful Or Harmful?

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In today’s generation, technological innovation contributes a lot in addressing different types of diseases. It serves its purpose in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. It also allows more patients to learn more about their health. Admittedly, it is changing the way the healthcare system face medical challenges.

However, with regards to mental health application, there are cases that it appears to be showing a different result. Instead of helping people, there are complaints about it, raising anxiety and depression unnecessarily.

What Are The Damages

Those apps that usually offer advice in managing and addressing mental health symptoms are often useful. People can get to know the different types of mental disorders as well as their symptoms.

But what seems to be the problem to its technological growth is the inadequate analysis that bases on an advertisement. There is a disturbing conclusion about its poor representation of what mental health is all about. That is because most of the mental health apps often medicalize normal reactions and behaviors of people. That is regardless if they are experiencing stressful life situations or not.

“An important aspect of competence requires practitioners to be able to determine which telemental health services and treatment modalities may be appropriate for which clients,” wrote Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, and Keely Kolmes, PsyD.

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Another misinformation that these technological apps offer people is the idea that mental health is manageable. That all people who follow certain “dos and don’ts” from a system will quickly obtain psychological recovery and internal healing. However, most times, it is not always like that.

There are cases that these apps are potentially increasing patients’ anxiety and depression instead of helping them get rid of mental illness. The reason behind that is the misdiagnosis that often happens because the particular application only based its results to the patients’ answers to multiple choices.

In a better understanding, some of these technological systems are working correctly. However, scientific evidence offered to support these claims is somehow limited. Meaning, there is no assurance that a device’s mental health app will cater to the needs of patients like what professional healthcare do. The reason for that is due to the lack of peer-to-peer communication, wrong input of information, overdiagnosis, as well as a different approach to mental illness’ signs and symptoms.

“A lot of people just stopped responding, and I felt like there wasn’t enough time to really build a relationship. It actually turned out to be more difficult than I imagined,” said Nina Barlevy, PsyD.

Another particular reason why some of these apps are not working suitably is due to its implication that mental illness is ONLY under people’s control. It is not. Mental illness is a condition that most individuals have. But not all of them are psychologically and emotionally functional to get rid of it instantly.

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Insight

There is genuinely nothing wrong in using any particular apps that promises to aid mental health conditions. But it is essential to understand that a concrete diagnosis cannot be made through a device. That is because a series of testing and checkups get required to people before they receive any treatments such as medication and therapy.

Procedures undergo different testing before health experts end up creating a conclusion as to what patients need or do not need. There is no way that technological apps can provide an accurate diagnosis and possible natural step treatments to those patients who have a mental condition. But for a smaller scale of understanding, perhaps it can show some valuable information.

“These companies need our knowledge and competency at the heart of their decision-making process because we have a very different framework and we understand the responsibilities that we have to users in a very different way than you do if you come from a technology background,” Megan Jones, PsyD, said.

Tools For Mental And Emotional Wellness

Despite the number of increasing research and studies that explain and address mental health conditions, we still see a lot of frailties. That is regardless of the increasing intervention, medication, early recognition, and therapies that come with mental health diagnosis. Meaning, even though there are tons of helpful ways that allow us to save our psychological health, there is still a worsening of the outcome. But how could this be?

In treating mental health, a lot of us expect that once there is a better-developed drug, there will be fewer diseases we will encounter. There is this mentality that the medicines we take are useful in counteracting the process of developing such psychological conditions. However, what we don’t know, and what other mental health professionals do not often tell us, is that some of the drugs don’t genuinely work. That is because in the realm of mental health issues, especially with anxiety and depression, medication somehow tends to become useless. Honestly, we are not winning the war against these mental illnesses as of this moment. However, there are available techniques that lessen the symptoms.

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Self-Care

One of the fundamentals of self-care is the ability to say “no.” It is a difficult thing to do because saying it requires a strong emotional disposition. Our mind and body should agree with the same terms and condition. We should not feel guilty of not giving in to other people’s negative impact on our lives.

“Your health and well-being come first,” said Stephanie Sarkis, PhD. “Nix anything that doesn’t feel fulfilling.”

So if we learn to say NO to stuff that we know will hurt and damage us, we need to do it regularly. There is no harm in trying to think about ourselves. Because if we don’t, who else will?

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Journaling

Professional health experts find that writing a journal is one of the most helpful tools that reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. These experts believe that journaling has the power to change our perspective towards the things around us. That is because, when journaling, we can write everything that we are grateful for having. With that, we become aware of the things that we should be thankful for, including our lives.

“For those who are concerned with the time commitment I suggest that you start with a realistic goal. This could mean that you are writing in your journal once a week,” wrote Michelle Skeen, PsyD.

Interpersonal Support

Anxiety and depression are mental illnesses that promote isolation. Their existence is beyond measure due to loneliness and sadness. With that, the reason why interpersonal support is an excellent tool for keeping away the symptoms of mental condition is its ability to encourage communication. With that, we can be able to share and ask for assistance on our current emotional and psychological issues. With the support we can get from concerned individuals, there is always hope.

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Meditation

Another tool that is beneficial for sustaining mental health is meditation. It is where we put a mindfulness-based and physical exercise to help in observing our minds’ condition and emotional state. The process promotes better mood regulation and is proven to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety in all levels.

“Meditation can be integrated into ongoing psychological practice, but it is important that both clinicians and their clients are appropriately trained before attempting to meditate on their own,” wrote Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, and Allison J. Shale, MS.

If we want to be mentally and emotionally healthy, we need to understand ourselves. We have to make sure that we do not just depend on treatments and medication. We have to heal ourselves and aim for recovery.

Create A Positive Environment For Your Mental Health

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You probably heard a lot of self-care tips that are beneficial for your emotional and mental health. Perhaps you already tried doing most of that stuff that includes proper sleeping, meditation, breathing, exercise, etc. But the problem with those useful guidelines is its possible outcome concerning its surrounding. Meaning, even if you follow all the healthy ways and change your lifestyle, some of it will never work. Why is that? Well, in all honesty, it will depend on the type of environment you have. Yes, only for those self-care tips to work, you must consider creating a healthy environment first. With that, here are the things you should do.

 

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Remove Toxic People Out Of Your Life

This one is a bit harsh for some reasons. That is because your friends and family are the ones that you need. They are the individuals that contribute a lot to your personality. They help you become who you are and together with their judgment, you realize your worth.

However, if these people are causing you constant worries and stress, they are not worthy of keeping. You deserve better people that will make a positive impact on your life. You do not have to stay in touch with those who continuously make you feel anxious and sorry about yourself.

“Blocking people on social media, not hanging out with them, and not tolerating them talking to you in a certain way are some examples of setting boundaries,” wrote Dena Cabrera PsyD, CEDS.

The process of removing them in your life is not going to be easy. So make sure you emotionally and mentally prepare yourself when coming up to that decision.

Surround Yourself With Good People

After removing those people who do not contribute anything good in your life, it is time you consider replacing them with new ones. But do not just put people in position. You have to understand that the ones who give an effective emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental care should be your top priority.

These people that will take a spot on your overall development must know how to handle your personality correctly. Therefore, you must choose individuals that are willing to stay even if you hit low. They must realize that you need them as much as they need you.

“Surround yourself with positive people who support and encourage your happiness and development, as opposed to trying to sabotage it,” wrote Dr. Nikki Martinez, PsyD, LCPC.

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Stop Focusing On Distractions

As an individual, it is common for you to think about tons of problems. Sometimes, those problems are not important at all. Admittedly, that is okay because it means you are aware of what is happening in your surroundings. However, what is never okay is when you continuously stick to it and do not find solutions. You keep focusing on distractions that you forget to look for significant reasons why you are living. So instead of thinking or doing stuff that does not entirely build a positive outlook in life, move closer to working on what you love. Explore the world and experience great things. Because the only way you change your environment is by figuring out how to change it for the better.

“Engaging in self-care is a way of signaling to ourselves that we matter in our own lives. You do not need a lot of time, money, or exotic new activities to improve your self-care,” wrote Katherine King, PsyD.

Always remember that your mental health matters. Always take care of yourself and choose a better environment as well.

Fitness And Mental Health Inventory

 

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It is not easy to realize and accept that you are in a mental health crisis. There are times that you do not understand how things process because you believe that things around you are often usual. There are moments that even if you knew there is something wrong with how you behave, think, and respond, you choose to ignore the signs of mental health problems. With that, you never know when things will get worse or remain okay.

When you are going on a journey of fitness and mental health recovery, you need to be honest about yourself. You need to acknowledge that you are in a state that somehow differs from everyone else and that you need professional guidance. Because if you are not aware and honest about your situation, there is a tendency that you will not be able to help yourself even if you try so hard. It will be entirely difficult to understand the proper steps you can take to reach your fitness, emotional, and mental health goals.

“Classically, the depressed person engages in behaviors that they aren’t proud of: skipping important school or work functions, losing patience with loved ones, staying in bed instead of exercising or engaging in enriching activities, drinking too much. Common sense dictates that in order to turn the downward spiral of depression into a slow but steady upward spiral, these behaviors need to change,” wrote Erin Mendoza, PsyD.

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The Process Of Getting To Know Yourself

The best thing you can do to know where your mental state resides is to start looking at how you manage and spend your energy and time. Make fitness and mental health inventory where you write down on a piece of paper your thoughts about yourself. It will show you the essential gaps in knowing who you are and who you are acting as. But before you do that, you have to be honest throughout the process.

Note that there are a few key things to keep in mind when working on this procedure. You have to make it tangible and release it out of your head as much as possible. You must ensure that the details are clear and specific. You need to avoid vague, general statements. These include comments like “I procrastinate a lot,” “I do not know myself,” “I don’t want to spend time with people,” etc. Instead, you need to state reasons and answer the question “why.”

“At least for fairly minor life problems, something as simple as writing about the problem for 20 minutes can yield important effects not only in terms of physical health and mental health, but also in terms of cognitive abilities,” said Adriel Boals, PhD.

There is no right or wrong process of mental health inventory. You can illustrate your thought and behaviors in the paper using graphs, blobs, or lines. You can even fill a page with tons of words describing how you used to see yourself and what changes are there that you currently accomplished. By checking how you do in each time of the day, you will get to realize who you are in every specific situation.

“Setting too many goals, then failing to complete them—and complete them well—only leads to more anxiety and stress, and less likelihood that you will continue to set daily organization goals,” Jaime Zuckerman, PsyD, said.

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With all your fitness and mental health inventory, you must remember one thing. You need to take time to process and reflect on the things you through about yourself. If it is something beneficial, you try to improve it. If it is damaging your overall development, use all power to avoid and remove the negativity from your system. Consider your situation, things you value and love. Point your fitness and mental health journey ahead to where you want it to be.

Therapist: 4 Tips For Online Freelancers

With all the latest advancements and developments in the field of technology, it is now easy to work in a remote environment. For people who enjoy traveling or those who have responsibilities at home, this kind of working environment is ideal for them. They no longer need to leave or get out of the house to earn cash for their living.

According to a recent study, many people are starting to become online freelancers because it provides them more time to take good care of themselves and their families. At the same time, it also allows them to earn big. However, it is also claimed by a therapist that such kind of work can be adverse to one’s mental health.

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In this article, we are going to talk about the different ways on how to handle the stress that online freelancing brings. While it can be fruitful for everyone, you cannot also deny the fact that it can also be dangerous to one’s mental wellness or even physical health. If you work in this kind of industry, then make sure to check this article from start to finish. We are going to supply or provide you with some of the practical tips to remember when it comes to working in a remote or virtual environment. Here is the list:

Get Enough Sleep

Remember that just because you work online does not mean that it is okay to skip on a good night’s rest. Remember that you deserve to have a well-rested night. Otherwise, your mood will be changed, and it can be bad for your mental health. You may become cranky or challenging to deal with.

Aside from this, you may also realize that your brain’s cognitive functions will diminish when you sleep late at night. Because of this, it is best if you will only accept work that requires you to be present within your working hours in your time zone. Otherwise, look for other clients that can provide you a lucrative source of income without punishing your body.

“Getting enough sleep is important for your health and happiness,” wrote Jade Wu, PhD.

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Find Time To Exercise

You need to instill in your mind that you can never be too busy for exercise or physical activities. Take note that your body needs to sweat so that it can function well. Failure to do this can have adverse effects on your body. If you keep on sitting down in front of your computer, then you will start to live a sedentary lifestyle. The longer you do it, the more difficult and dangerous it would be on your part. Remind yourself that you owe it at least one hour of wellness daily.

“For starters, exercise releases endorphins, the body’s ‘feel-good hormones,’ that can calm the mind and relax the body,” clinical psychologist Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP said.

Stop punishing yourself by not going to the gym or doing your morning runs. Keep in mind that doing these physical activities will not only improve your health. At the same time, it can also decrease the possibility of experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression. Take note that all you need is at least one hour a day to satisfy your body’s need for good exercise.

Invest in Wellness Products

Working online can be rewarding when it comes to your financial income. However, it may also be dangerous to your health once you start taking in more clients. Remember that the more clients or contracts that you have, the busier you become. If this continues to happen, you will start to feel exhausted from your job.

Because of this, you need to find the top wellness products that are designed for online freelancers. For example, invest in a massage chair that will give you what you need during stressful hours. At the same time, make sure that your working desk is highly functional so that you will not experience any inconvenience when completing tasks.

Save Your Money

As already mentioned above, online freelancing can provide you with unlimited sources of potential income. Sometimes, you tend to overspend more than what you are earning. Make sure that you change this habit as soon as possible. Do not wait before it is too late to save your cash.

“The two biggest money problems the average American deals with are spending too much and saving too little,” said Bradley T. Klontz, PsyD.

The best and ideal thing to do at this moment is to open several bank accounts and put your money in different deposit accounts. Otherwise, you may wake up one day and realize that your hard-earned savings are all gone. Think twice before you purchase something. You have to check all available resources before putting your cash in any forms of investments.

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Make sure to follow the tips mentioned above so that you can have a worry-free life as an online freelancer.

Working Remotely: Pros And Cons

 

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Let’s get things straight before we begin: working remotely is not for everybody. If you’ve read in all the trials and studies that it is, then you haven’t read them all! For one, not everyone can tolerate being at home focusing on work ALONE. Aside from the feeling of isolation, the anxiety and frustration start to creep in once you don’t know something and you don’t have somebody to talk to face to face.

However, for others, a remote occupation is the best thing that ever happened to them. Take me, for instance. I think that after remotely working for over a year, I can say that this is the perfect job. Nevertheless, I still share some of its disadvantages along with the advantages.

Ultimately, working remotely is not the future – it is the present. And since it is a technology that is continually growing, I would like to share some important information about it, so you and I will better understand what it is and why the whole world embraces the remote work culture.

 

Definition 

Remote work refers to a full-time, project-based, or part-time occupation that an individual does outside of his office. This means that you can work from home, from a summer getaway spot, a friend’s place, or at a coffee shop across the street. You can perform your tasks from your desktop, laptop, or smartphone as long as there is Internet connectivity.

Working remotely, though, is not interchangeable with working from home. When you are working in a ‘remote status,’ you are not doing a home-based job. When you are a remote employee, a company hires you, and you have an office, but may be required to work outside of the workplace a few days or a week per month. Nowadays, many companies offer versatile schedules, which include their employees having to take a break from working in the office and just simply communicating with them through digitally and going to the office only to attend important meetings.

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The Pros

 

  • You don’t need to wake up so early just to prepare for the office look. If you’re me (I am a remote worker), I wake up early and start work early – in my pajamas. That’s because I don’t want to waste much time and I want my tasks to be done on time, if not before the required time.

 

  • You still have a lot of energy after work. You’ll have to agree with me on this, right? There’s pretty much extra work to be done in your post compared to working at home or anywhere not in the office. There’s not too much pressure, and the stress level is not so high because there’s no one to compare yourself too.

 

  • You’re not affected by the weather. Upon waking up in the morning, you notice that it’s gloomy and the newscaster announces that there’s a big storm coming. All forms of public transport are delayed. Can you still work? Of course, you can! You can work productively without the trouble of going to the office plus you get to snack whenever you feel hungry. Match it with hot tea to melt those frozen fingers.

 

  • You can modify your workspace so that it satisfies your work and personal needs. Your workplace is what you want it to be. You can send information from that space to your boss or colleagues through email. If you feel cold, stay in your room and place a small table and chair for you to work on. There are many choices.

 

  • You’ll be so much happier. You have more free time when you’re remotely working for that month or year. You’d get to spend more time on the kids and get to know who they are. Being freer also means more sleep and relaxation time.

 

The Cons

 

  • It’s a lonely state to be in. You may be considered an employee for a company, but you don’t get to see and mingle with your co-employees. Lunch break is a great time to catch up with long-time colleagues and friends, and you can’t have that here. You communicate with them through email or chat. Because of this, work communication often fails. The heads of companies have now suggested that remote workers visit the office once or twice a month to fix this issue.

 

  • Your lifestyle becomes closer to sedentary. If you think only of work and not use your extra time staying fit, you’ll probably get hypertensive before the sixth month! You now gain the few calories you used to lose when you walk to and from the office, walking the stairs instead of using the elevator, and toning those abs while sitting down.
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  • Technology is not perfect. When the connection bogs down or your system crashes. Sometimes, your desktop may need an update, and you don’t have immediate access to troubleshooting since your IT guy is in the office. Anticipate these problems ahead of time.

I hope you found this article interesting and that you have finally determined whether or not working remotely is the right move for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Photo Editing May Be The Therapy You Need

Photo editing has turned into a norm for every man, woman, or child out there who likes to take selfies. When the lighting is terrible, for instance, they change the brightness or texture of the image. In case their arm or face seems a bit too wide, they can slim it down to look as if they shed a pound or two before taking a picture.

This task, to be honest, used to be exclusive to Adobe Photoshop experts. If there is a photo that requires tweaking to get rid of the blemishes or double chin on the subject, they are the people to call. Nevertheless, web developers have gone out of their way to create image-editing apps that are not only easy to understand but also downloadable on anyone’s smartphone.

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The thing is, owning a device that can edit photos readily has never been something that merely the “sane” folks can do. You may feel depressed, yet you can be an iPhone or Android user. Although you are grieving over your recent breakup or the death of a loved one, there is no rule that you can’t get trusted with a smartphone on your hand.

All these facts mentioned above lead us to a wonderful idea. Considering you don’t wish to speak with a licensed therapist to overcome your issues, why don’t you try photo editing as your unique version of therapy? Here are some reasons why it may work for you.

1. The Culling Process Can Make You Feel Good

Quite often, the mother of all our burdens is our inability to let go of people or memories that should have been gone long ago. No matter what concerned folks tell you, you stick to them, thus causing your stress and negativity to escalate.

When you edit pictures, though, you can learn how to cull objects that do not fit the image. You may start by removing a speck of dust first. Then, in case you took a picture at a crowded place, you can crop strangers out. The more you feel less guilty about culling things from a photo, the better you might become at distancing yourself from toxic stuff.

“By releasing the past, it is possible for you to alter the way you look at potential partners in a way that enables you to achieve romantic success with a person who empowers you,” said Dr. Carissa Coulston, PhD.

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2. It Matters To Make The Room Conducive For Creativity

While editing, you can’t keep your drapes closed or lights off. You likely need to switch your type of music from sad ballads to upbeat songs, primarily if you want the picture to look lively. It can seem as if doing so will merely benefit your creative skills. Later on, though, you may notice that even your mood becomes better due to the room changes you made.

“As strange as it sounds, creativity can become a habit,” said Jonathan Plucker, PhD. “Making it one helps you become more productive.”

3. You Have To Commit Some Time To It

Lastly, tweaking a selfie can take ten to 30 minutes, depending on how much you want to alter. You can pour your energy into it, for instance, instead of throwing a feat or terrorizing everyone around you. You may take your phone out to edit something as well whenever you feel anxious. This short period, frankly speaking, is typically more than enough to distract you from all your worries.

“By definition, hobbies bring people pleasure. And when they do, they not only make you feel better, but they improve your physiology too,” wrote Srini Pillay, MD.

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Is Photo Editing The Kind Of Therapy You Need?

Let us emphasize that photo editing is not an actual treatment that psychotherapists offer to their clients. It is still better to get therapy, especially when you notice that your mental health problems are becoming severe. However, in case you are not ready to obtain professional help, you may try this activity to get your mind off debilitating things.

Good luck!