Time To Talk
Hello readers. As you know if you’ve been following my blog for the last two weeks (if you haven’t where on earth have you been?) I’m not having the greatest time at the moment. A combination of the time of year, ridiculously cold weather (did you know I hate snow??) and the loss of my job recently have resulted in my anxiety being really quite bad.
I’m not taking it lying down though . Even though I have days I feel very sorry for myself, I am a stubborn old woman and I’m determined not to let it get the better of me. There are all manner of things I’m doing to help raise my mood and reduce my anxiety.
Throwing myself into my latest crochet projects is one way. I’m currently making a crochet Hogwarts Express. Oh yes, you read that right. Whats more when its finished it will be over 4 foot in length. That is a lot of stitches to count, and all that counting helps me ignore the anxiety.
Another big thing I’m doing to help myself is talking to other people about how I’m feeling.
This isn’t something I find easy to do (I’m more comfortable in the role of someone that gives help rather than seeks it) but I’m working on it. My Twitter support group are ace. This is a group of like-minded individuals who have become friends because of our wider interests. However many of the group have MH issues and they understand what its like when anxiety takes a hold and are always willing to listen and offer a bit of advice.
Sometimes though talking to friends, even amazing ones like mine who really understand isn’t enough to help. When that happens the logical solution would be to seek help via the NHS. However its no secret the mental health service is stretched far too thin at the moment. Referrals for therapy, if you get one can take months. When I last went to the doctors about my anxiety and depression I was offered phone councelling. For someone with buggered up ears that was as useful as a chocolate teapot!!
As an alternative to the NHS people can seek out private therapy. This can be be a lifeline, but it does have drawbacks. The obvious one being the cost, but also there is the issue of availability of therapists. In places like the Forest of Dean therapists are not in great supply. This means in addition to the cost of the sessions themselves, anyone seeking private therapy would also have to figure the cost and stress involved in travelling to the therapist.
Online Therapy –
There is an alternative to face-to-face therapy, that is online therapy. Talkspace is one such service that helps to put people in contact with qualified therapists for a text based therapy service. This Talkspace review tells one ladies experience of the Talkspace app.
For someone such as myself who finds going outside, meeting strangers and talking on the phone really difficult the idea of a text based service that you can access as and when you need too offload and chat (as opposed to waiting all week for an hour face to face therapy session) sounds ideal. The service costs $49 a week (approximately £35). Compared to the average cost of an hour therapy in the UK at £50 this works out much cheaper.
So once I have finished my mamouth crochet project I’m going to look at downloading the Talkspace app and arranging some online therapy.
Have you used online therapy in the past? If not would you consider using it?
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