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  Mental health is a serious matter, something that deserves attention and care. However, in this part of the world, talking about it can be overlooked or not taken as seriously as it should be. Therapy is a great way to look after your mental health, but let’s be honest, it can be quite costly for the average person. The good news is, that some alternatives are effective and won’t break the bank. They’re not meant to replace therapy, but they can still make a positive impact on your mental well-being. In this article, I will be sharing some of them.
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  1. Supportive Friends and Family

Sometimes, a good talk with someone you trust can make a world of difference. Share your thoughts and feelings with friends or family who lend a sympathetic ear. They may not be experts, but their support can be invaluable.
  1. Journaling

Writing down your thoughts and emotions in a journal can be a therapeutic outlet. It allows you to reflect on your experiences, understand your feelings, and track your personal growth.
  1. Mindfulness and Meditation

Taking a few moments each day to practice mindfulness or meditation can help calm your mind. Focus on your breath, be present in the moment, and let go of stressors. There are plenty of free resources online to guide you.
  1. Exercise

Physical activity is not just good for your body; it’s great for your mind too. Engaging in regular exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. It can be as simple as a brisk walk or a home workout routine.
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  1. Self-Help Books

Many self-help books offer practical advice and exercises to improve mental well-being. These books cover various topics, from managing stress to building resilience, and they’re often available at local libraries or in digital formats.
  1. Hotlines and Helplines

Many regions have helplines where trained professionals are available to provide support. They may not replace therapy sessions, but they offer a confidential space for you to share your feelings and receive guidance when needed.
  1. Art and Creativity

Expressing yourself through art, whether it’s drawing, painting, or crafting, can be therapeutic. You don’t need to be an artist, it’s about the process of creating and letting your emotions flow.
  1. Online Support Communities

Joining online forums or support groups related to your specific concerns can connect you with people facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences and advice in these communities can be comforting and reassuring.
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Final Thoughts

While therapy is a valuable resource for mental health, it’s not always accessible to everyone due to financial constraints or societal attitudes. The alternatives mentioned above are not meant to replace professional help, but they can offer effective and affordable ways to take care of your mental well-being.
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This article was first published on 28th February 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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