Could online therapy sessions help you manage your stress?
Life is stressful, there’s no doubt about it. But there’s ‘stress’, which for many people is shorthand for saying they are unusually busy or under short-term pressure, and true clinical stress. Stress is a normal biological function when felt in an acute situation, but if stress becomes chronic by being experienced for an extended period of time, it can have a substantial impact on both physical and mental health.
It can be hard to find the time to access support that would help to alleviate the symptoms of true stress and address the causes, particularly as pressures on time, resources and finances that make it hard to access therapy are also some of the main triggers for stress in the first place. That is where online counselling for stress comes into its own.
What are the benefits of accessing therapy online?
Imagine you feel, or have been advised by a medical professional, that you would benefit from accessing counselling for stress. One of the main barriers you might face could be finding the time during the working day to travel to the appointment, attend the session, and then return to work. As a one-off you might choose to use annual leave but when attending regular sessions, as would be advised for this sort of therapy, this would soon be used up.
What if you could, instead, access counselling during your lunch break, for example? With an online stress counselling session, travel time is not a factor and you would only need to be able to find a quiet, private space with a decent internet connection. You could even sit in your car, as of course the tools used for online stress counselling sessions work on mobile phones just as well as on a computer. You’re not trying to share slides or any of the other more technical tasks associated with working online.
Some additional benefits of online counselling for stress are a reduction in costs, both financial and environmental, in getting to the sessions. Many people find travelling, whether by car or public transport, stressful in itself whereas if your session is held online, you would not have to overcome that barrier and can use your session time more effectively.
Is online therapy suitable for me?
Many people also feel anxious attending appointments in person. Being able to access counselling from the comfort of your own home, or at least in a private place where you feel safe to talk, can only be a positive thing. Some people may find that they prefer a face-to-face session either from the start or once they get to know their therapist, and there is nothing wrong with that approach at all.
However, by having access to online counselling for stress, we would hope that more people feel comfortable and confident in making the decision to seek support for their condition. Technology has the potential to reduce many of the barriers to accessing therapy enabling many more people to improve the quality of their lives.