Online Therapy: A Minimalist Approach to Mental Health?

by | May 4, 2018 | Wellbeing | 0 comments

online therapyWhat are your thoughts on online therapy? Do you think it has merit or do you prefer the old school in person on the couch approach?

To be honest, I didn’t realise it was an option. Then again, I didn’t know minimalism was a thing when we adopted the lifestyle either.

Clearly I’m not the person to consult about trends.

Sporty and I indulged in a little couple’s counseling quite a few years ago and I’ve seen the odd therapist on my own as well.

I’m not a fan of therapy. Not because I don’t think it works, but simply because I really hate talking about myself.

Unless I’m giving a TEDx talk on minimalism, in which case I’m fine with over-sharing.

I’m like my dad, the strong silent type. Or as Sporty likes to say, tall, dark and mysterious.

Fortunately, I’ve spent a lot of time in Hero Training, so I no longer need therapy.

Sounds like the classic line of someone who will do anything to avoid talking. Even root canal.

Seriously though, I’m no longer depressed or anxious or pissed off with the world. In other words, I’m not a thirty-something teenager with bad attitude anymore. Yay me (and Sporty).

Although, if I was still in my thirty-something teenager phase, I reckon online therapy would work perfectly for me. Apparently, in addition to video conferencing and speaking over the phone, there’s also the option to live chat or exchange messages with your counselor.

Right!?

A Minimalist Approach to Mental Health

Whatever your views on therapy (online or IRL), your mental health is not something to be trifled with. You can’t just pretend nothing’s wrong. Or worse, look for help in the wrong place.

I used to look for answers to my problems in the bottom of a tequila bottle. I never did find out whether they weren’t there or if I was just too drunk to see them.

My life only began improving once I took an active role in my happiness and wellbeing. The pity parties clearly weren’t helping (and the hangovers were horrible), so I had to try something else.

Reading books like Loving What Is (even when I didn’t), Daring Greatly, The Artist’s Way, A Complaint Free World, A New Earth and many others helped.

More recently, embarking on Hero Training 101 with Brian Johnson has had a significantly positive effect on my life. Playing the equanimity game is something I enjoy nowadays. Almost.

Let’s just say I don’t rail against life’s ups and downs the way I once did. Now, when life throws me lemons I’m the original poker face.

I’m not against speaking to someone if it’s necessary, but these days I’m of the opinion that if something ain’t broke, you don’t have to fix it.

Doing the work when you’re healthy (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.) means you have a much better chance of remaining healthy. We often get lackadaisical about our well being, letting our good habits slide because we’re busy or lazy.

That’s exactly when we run into trouble, finding ourselves in bed with the flu or sobbing into a soggy tissue at the therapist’s office. Treat yourself like a work in progress, see how you can get incrementally better every single day.

As Brian Johnson likes to say, plus one, plus one, plus one.

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