First of all, ask yourself: how you what do you think of therapy, and online therapy in particular? What would you talk about and where would you start?
Under the umbrella of mental health, real-life issues like anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue related to confinement are particularly present and common in today’s world. The normalization of all mental health is a sign of the times in which many, if not most of us are faced with one of the most difficult series of events – from health and safety to life. business and politics.
Would you let a professional teach you how to cope, understand and thrive in life?
In school, when we were kids and teens, we may have missed out on learning to deal with emotions and experiences. While everyone’s collective experiences are completely unique to the individual, some common life lessons we have been taught may include how to overcome negative emotions quickly or forget about them all together.
And that’s okay, because even as adults we are still able to learn about ourselves. And now we have the tools we need to make changes for growth. One of these tools is therapy. Although therapy is often referred to as just “talking to someone,” the thought of being vulnerable and open to feelings can make us feel uncomfortable and defensive. And that’s good too.
Consider this bit of wisdom to come from New York Times No.1 researcher, storyteller, and author of five best-selling books, Brene Brown.
“Courage is a word of the heart. The root of the word courage is horn, the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “Speaking what you think while saying your heart.” Over time this definition has changed and today we usually associate courage with heroic and courageous acts. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and our experiences, good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I consider ordinary courage. “
When Joan Low was a former banker at JP Morgan in Hong Kong, she recognized the big differences between the traditional mental health system in Southeast Asia and other countries in West and North Asia.
As a mental health caregiver herself, she set out to create a mental health-focused solution that would help others. Called Full Thought, the app conducts therapy through daily individual coaching sessions with professionals to achieve your goals.
“It is generally a challenge for individuals to know the difference between psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and counselors; who to see and when; and if the professional is credible and best suited for them, ”Joan tells us.
“These are the crux of the problems ThoughtFull aims to solve by building an infrastructure where people can seamlessly navigate and engage with their sanity without having to deal with all the unknowns.”
In addition to therapy and coaching, ThoughtFull offers tools to help you track your moods, progress, and log thoughts through a monthly subscription service.
Read on on using therapy, and online therapy in particular, to support your mental health.
The “help” to get help
In many cases, a person seeks therapy when facing a crisis. The current approach is traditional one-hour in-person therapy. But the reality that we don’t often accept is that stress, anxiety, and challenges to our well-being exist in our day-to-day lives. Therefore, Joan says it’s important to pay attention to our daily, weekly, monthly and yearly needs by being proactive when taking care of our mental health.
With ThoughtFull’s chat feature, users can use their sanity as a lifestyle choice, not just crisis intervention. And to make it easier, chatting with professionals uses text and audio messages.
“We socialize, hang out and work through messaging apps like WhatsApp and Instagram, so why not take advantage of our digital life for our well-being, too? »Asks Jeanne.
“People can discretely sign up under a pseudonym and learn about all things mental wellness through small lessons designed by our clinical team. For those who want more engagement, our algorithms instantly match users with the most suitable mental health coach so they can chat directly. Our trainers will check in asynchronously on a daily basis.
Why taking charge of our well-being is important
While exercise keeps us healthy and can help prevent physical illnesses, we also need to develop our mental fitness by cultivating daily habits. It feels good in the moment and gradually sharpens our self-awareness and understanding of why we make certain decisions or form certain opinions.
Joan cautions against falling into the misconception that once therapy begins, all issues will be resolved. “The truth is that many outcomes are determined by ourselves, how much we want to be engaged and how much work we want to invest. Therapy and coaching provide you with a way to think openly, to break down safely, and to rebuild constructively. , but it is not a panacea.
She continues, “Daily exercises like tracking our moods, journaling our thoughts, practicing reframing, and mindfulness tools are all small things we can do on a daily basis to achieve disproportionate results in the long run. Just like the way we constantly have to do weight training in order to build up our strength to carry heavier weights, so too does our mind.
How to help someone in difficulty
Sometimes, Joan says, the best thing we can do for our struggling loved ones is to just be there for them.
“Try not to lead with solutions, instead offer a listening ear and validate their emotions. Validating their emotions doesn’t mean you I agree with them, but it shows that you understand their pain and recognize that whatever they are going through is real to them. Providing a safe space for someone to openly express their feelings is a powerful gift, as it allows them to express their struggles without guilt, ”she advises.
When you can discuss practical solutions, share helpful resources or encourage them to seek help from a trained professional to help you. And while we want to make sure those we love get the help they need, Joan says remembering that it’s important to take care of your own well-being.
“Know that it’s okay to draw boundaries and take some space for yourself. We first have to present ourselves for ourselves before we can present ourselves for others, ”she says.
What employers can do to support their staff
There are two main things Joan shares that employers can consider when setting up their mental wellness infrastructure. The first is to ensure that there is a “psychologically safe space for their employees”. Joan says that’s where mental health education, managerial training and culture come in.
“The second thing is to put in place appropriate resources that employees can easily access at their own pace without having to go through hoops and bureaucracy to use them. As the impact of one-off engagements such as one-off webinars and yoga classes is limited, employers are encouraged to take a more holistic approach in their needs assessment as well as in implementation.
For employees who work from home, it’s important to set boundaries between your work and your personal life. Communicate clearly with your team what your expectations are, but remember to set limits for yourself – distinguishing between work and space or personal time.
Finally, Joan reminds us that the pandemic is harsh on all of us in different ways and that the support of her colleagues plays an important role in weathering the storm together. “Working from home can feel very lonely and isolating at times, so whether it’s through a Zoom call or meeting at a specified location, try to stay in touch with your team. Take thoughtful breaks between tasks by taking a quick stroll outside your home, or even just in the kitchen for a cup of coffee to break up the monotony and get moving.
ThoughtFull offers Prestige readers a 15% reduction in addition to the 14-day free trial of the app.
Getting started is simple:
- Download ThoughtFullChat on iOS or Android.
- Register, select your coach and enter the promo code PRESTIGE15 (valid for registrations until October 31, 2021).
- Explore our lesson packs, track your moods, thoughts and #HaveAThoughtFullChat with your own coach.
(All images: Full Thought)