5 Ways to Supplement Your Therapy

There are many reasons to start therapy – an illness, a specific concern, or just to talk to someone with experience in the field. Whatever the reason, it can sometimes feel like that session is the only time you can focus on yourself. But, if you’re committed to working on yourself and your family, there are a lot of ways you can add to your therapy. Here are some of our favorites.
5 Ways to Supplement Your Therapy

1) Running
One of the best ways to make yourself feel happier completely naturally is to get your heart pumping. Not only is running healthy for your body, it’s also great for your mind. Once those endorphins start flowing, you’re going to feel a lot better. It can also take your mind off any nagging concerns, since you have to focus on the exercise. And if you like working out with company, why not organize a family bike ride?

2) Meditation
Whether you prefer yoga, still meditation, or simply lying down by a pool or lake and watching the water, getting some quiet time is very important to mental health. For one thing, this time allows you to focus on yourself – to just think about your goals or things that are bothering you and why. For another, constant, nonstop activity gets exhausting, and with our busy modern lifestyles, it’s important to set aside specific time to rest.

3) Weekend Trips
Sometimes work, school, and other obligations get a bit overwhelming, and you need a break. While taking the weekend to yourself is always nice, it’s also great to spend time with the people you care about most. That may be your family, a couple good friends, or a boyfriend or girlfriend, but whatever the case, setting aside a time and place specifically for you is important. A campout in the backyard, a night staying in a hotel by the beach, or a long hike are all good ways to do this.

4) Cooking
Cooking a family dinner or having a small dinner party for your friends can be a lovely way to relax. Even if it’s just baking cookies with your best friend, or making yourself an especially nice brunch, following a recipe can be very relaxing. Instead of focusing on your worries, you can focus on making something beautiful and delicious for yourself and the people you care about.

5) Conversation
Therapy isn’t the only place to talk about yourself. It’s important to tell the people in your life how you’re feeling, and to listen to how they’re feeling, too. Try to set aside specific time to have conversations as a family or a couple, and make sure to stay in contact with your good friends. Not only will it help you with what you’re going through, but it will make them feel that you’re supporting them, too.

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