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I owe a huge chunk of my happiness to therapy and I’m a huge advocate of it. If you can afford it you should definitely get your butt to a therapist. I get mine from BetterHelp these days. I like it because I can set up appointments via skype or phone and I can send texts whenever I want. Even though BetterHelp is an affordable alternative to therapy it’s still expensive though and I know sometimes it’s just not possible to pay for it. Here are some things you can do when you need therapy but you can’t afford it.
I have a free mental health support group you can join on Facebook. This is a place for people to share their mental health journeys and offer encouragement to other group members. We would love to have you, click here to join.
Journaling can be a great way to work out your feelings when you can’t afford a therapist. Checkout the Self Discovery Journal: 100 Days Of Self Exploration: Questions And Prompts That Will Help You Gain Self Awareness In Less Than 10 Minutes A Day and start writing your heart out. Journaling offers you a cheap way to express your feelings without anyone judging you. You can explore all your deepest fears and no one will ever have to know about it.
Call a Friend
You don’t want to make your friends into your therapist but sometimes when you need a little support you can try reaching out to a friend or a family member. You don’t want to end up always dumping all of your problems onto your friends but if you have a strong friendship it can live through some negativity. Just be aware of how much you pressure you’re putting on your friend. I mostly like to call my friends to talk about positive things to help me get back into a good head space when I’m feeling down.
I have a whole article you can checkout about using affirmations and you can signup below to receive a free big ass list of affirmations. I use affirmations to help me get my shit together when I’m in a funk and to help me keep up the positive energy when things are going good. Find something that resonates with you and let yourself become completely obsessed with it. Write it down a million times a day, say it in the car, in the shower and in your head.
Self Help Books
I’m obsessed with self help books. I have been using audible recently and I listen to them when I’m cleaning and doing stuff around the house (killing the multitasking game). You can try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks Right now I’m reading You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. There are tons of books about coping with depression, anxiety and grief. Look around and try to find something related to what is making you want to go to therapy.
You can join the nicest gym you’ve ever seen for a fraction of the price of a therapist. The gym I go to has a spa area with a steam room and a sauna. It’s a great way to relax and recharge after a workout. If you can’t afford a gym checkout my post of free workouts for depression and anxiety. You can also checkout local parks in your area for free. I didn’t even realize there were so many parks where I live until I googled it one day. Now I’m on a mission to check out every single one. Go to the prettiest place near where you live and take a long walk. I like to listen to a self help book on Audible (today I listened to You Are A Bad Ass while I walked on the beach).
Meditation can be great for your mental health and it’s freaking free. If you’re broke and struggling give it a shot, it can’t hurt anything. Checkout this article on meditating for beginners there are also a ton of free guided meditations on YouTube. I like this morning one for positive energy. I am really bad at getting up early in the morning but when I can get my shit together to wake up early enough to meditate before work I almost always have a really good day.
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