5 Therapies To Help You Get Back on Track
We’ve all been there before. You started a new workout regiment, you wrote down your goals for the week, You read articles on productivity, You were off to a great start. And then you slipped. It may have been a bad day or a lack of energy. Maybe depression reared its ugly head and you needed a mental break. Then one day became a week. That week turned into a month. Maybe it’s been a long time since you lost motivation. Trust me, we’ve all been there. It’s okay to not be 100%. Hustle culture has conditioned us to view our worth from our productivity. Sometimes, you need a break. Maybe you feel you need help this time.
Whatever the reason, we’re here to tell you it’s okay. It’s okay to seek help when you need it. There’s good news. There are thousands of licensed professional that can help you get back on track. Therapy can help you look inwards and give you the tools to focus on your goals.
Now more than ever, online services such as BetterHelp can link you to professional therapists who are ready to help.
Here are 5 kinds of therapies that can help you get back on track.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
If it has motivation in its name, it has to be good, right? MET is a type of therapy that helps patients who have trouble changing bad habits. Therapists focus on patients’ behavior and guide them to more positive habits. They also encourage patients to come up with mantras and self-motivating phrases to keep them on track. MET is usually a stand-alone therapy but can be used in tandem with other therapies, such as CBT.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on, you guessed it, behavior. Therapists work with clients to track behavioral patterns and ask them to journal any negative emotions they may feel. These patterns form a broader picture of a patient’s behavior.
Once a client acknowledges their behavioral patterns, therapists guide their patients with a ‘roadmap’ to more positive thought processes and behaviors. This type of therapy can be effective for patients with depression or who are trying to kick bad habits. CBT is usually goal-oriented and may last up to 20 sessions.
Psychodynamic therapy is closely related to psychoanalysis as in its belief that a lack of motivation is the result of unprocessed memories. Psychodynamics focuses on self-exploration, revisiting past experiences, and exploring the relationship with the past and present situations.
Another notable characteristic of Psychodynamics is its potential for growth and effectiveness over time. Patients can expect to have a more nuanced understanding of their lack of motivation and will have the means to tackle these and more challenges with greater freedom.
Anyone who has listened to music during a bad day can attest to its healing power. There is a whole branch of psychotherapy that utilizes music therapy to spark motivation. Studies have shown that music can stimulate areas of the brain responsible for emotion, speech, movement, and sensory processing. Music Therapy can be a great alternative to those unsure about traditional therapy.
If you’re not sure where to begin in your search for therapy, transpersonal therapy can be a great start. Transpersonal therapy is a holistic approach that focuses on your mental, physical and spiritual health. Taking practices from Eastern and Western medicine, transpersonal therapy combines a mix of mindfulness, meditation, and positive therapy to help you get your spark back to pursue your passions. Above all, transpersonal therapy puts a spotlight on the relationship between Mind and Body.
Transpersonal therapy is different from traditional therapies because it focuses on positive therapy instead of negative symptoms. Patients are encouraged to learn new coping mechanisms and acknowledge their skills and past achievements. This type of therapy has many practices that may motivate you and help you find motivation.
Whichever route you take, remember that it’s okay to stumble and fall. Losing motivation that virtually everyone has dealt with at one point in their life. You are not alone, and there are many ways to get back on track.
It starts with you.
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Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.