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It’s common for people to feel out of balance from time to time, some days life can feel bland and completely uninteresting. The emotion that follows is called depression. During times like this, you just need a little help to get you back on your feet.
Now, this could be because of some unfortunate life event that came to pass, experiencing a loss of control, or even feeling unfulfilled at work. We cannot control all that happens in our life but we can learn to control how we react to situations. Inner Planet helps you examine these attitudes and form more healthy and adaptable beliefs. We can help you come out of helplessness and have hope.
Have you ever felt worried about the future? A feeling of fear, dread and uneasiness, anxiety is a very debilitating emotion. You not only have an increased heart rate and a sense of restlessness but might even have difficulty sleeping or focusing.
At times, anxiety can get out of hand, discouraging you from partaking in activities and in that sense, can become a huge hindrance. With professional help, you can identify and challenge the barrage of negative thoughts that cause anxiety. You go to the roots of where these fears are coming from and have a more realistic view of how to deal with these fears. Therapy also helps build safe and healthy mechanisms to cope with anxiety, such as, mindfulness, thereby increasing problem solving abilities, rather than unhealthy and unhelpful ones.
Loneliness is a state of mind associated with craving human contact but feeling alone. You may be unable to communicate with your peers in the way you want to and this can also lead to self-critical thought patterns.
Loneliness can be the root cause of other issues like lack of intimacy, trust, etc. It is important to understand that even when people are in contact with others they may still experience feelings of isolation. That is why we want to help you address any issues that cause this state and learn ways to overcome them.
Anger is a normal reaction that, like any other emotion, conveys a message about the person’s state of mind. When anger gets out of hand and starts hijacking your life, it can have dire implications.
While uncontrolled anger can feel justified and deserved, it can end up costing you relationships, accomplishments, and above all, your health. There is nothing wrong with expressing your anger but it is important to do so in a mindful manner. With our help, you will be able to view situations in a calmer light and deal with them in a healthy way.
You will be able to understand how anger can be healthy and constructive, acknowledge the negative consequences, build a tolerance for frustration and anger, identify your triggers for anger, and make it more constructive than destructive.
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it, it’s just a normal way of coping with mental or emotional pressure. Exam stress is one such phenomenon that comes from test-taking situations.
Stress isn’t always bad, in fact, a small amount of stress can challenge you and stimulate you to work harder. We all experience stress in different ways and at times it can be difficult to keep it under control. When we encounter an especially trying situation, our body goes into fight or flight mode and with proper help, you can learn to manage your stress and use it to your advantage.
Relationships are important for the mental well-being of every human being. We need to socialize and connect with people we love because it has a very real and significant impact on the way we feel.
As the human psyche is extremely dynamic and complex, it may not always be easy to keep a relationship running smoothly, especially a romantic one. We end up having to deal with various challenges like infidelity, loss of intimacy, communication difficulties, financial pressures, boundary violations, difficulty balancing individual and couple expectations, divorce, separation and breaking up. It is important to look at things from different perspectives when it comes to maintaining healthy relationships.
Every individual is unique in their own way and it is of immense importance that they learn about themselves to be able to better cherish their qualities and abilities.
At Inner Planet, we largely focus on bringing to light those qualities of the individual that may not always be obvious about them. This is especially significant when it comes to choosing a career path. We feel that with the wide range of career paths available today, everybody has the opportunity to find something that truly fits their ambitions and abilities. We conduct a variety of tests that help determine which career suits you best, and moreover, we also formulate plans to help you achieve your goals.
We tend to build up a picture of ourselves in our minds. At times, the picture may consist of attributes that are more negative than positive and as a result, self- doubt creeps in. It is the presence of a diminishing belief in one’s goodness, capacities, capabilities, and worth.
A large body of research shows that people who view themselves more positively tend to feel more secure, leading to not feeling threatened by negative feedback, a realistic and healthy relationship with themselves, more tolerance for their own mistakes, a more growth-oriented view of themselves, etc.
Therapy helps you examine your beliefs and attitudes towards yourself, and accept yourself as a fallible human being. It teaches you to be motivated more intrinsically and love yourself.
When you experience a deep sense of sadness due to a significant loss, what you are going through is grief. It is a very natural way for us to cope with loss. However, it can be problematic if it lasts longer than a usual mourning period (approximately a year). Grief can also turn into depression. Other signs of grief can be ruminating over a loss, denial of loss, use of alcohol or drugs to cope with a loss.
Therapy is a great tool to help you cope with grief. It does not miraculously end suffering, but it provides support and a safe space to explore difficult thoughts and emotions. Therapy can also help you identify healthy coping strategies.
We all have ways of putting off tasks till the last minute, or sometimes even past that. In order to better be able to accomplish our plans for the future, our ability to plan and execute tasks becomes imperative. Due to procrastination, people are unable to start or finish tasks and don’t feel motivated.
With therapy, you can identify the root cause of procrastination and strategize ways to overcome it. It also helps you increase motivation for tasks and challenges thoughts that lead to procrastination to enable better functioning.
Dealing with Social Stigma
When you have to deal with negative attitudes or even discrimination because you belonging to a particular group, what you face is a social stigma. Everybody ends up having to deal with some or the other form of stigma or discrimination which leads to negative experiences like hate crimes, isolation, bullying, harassment, etc. People who are the victims of such treatment usually face psychological problems such as adjustment issues, self-doubt and a negative sense of self, unhappy social relationships, depression, anxiety, and an overall poor quality of life.
Therapy helps you become resilient, self-assured and accepting. It does not fix the world around you but helps you cope with stigma and discrimination in a way that it does not define your self-worth.
We often find ourselves scrutinizing our physical appearance. When this self-scrutiny becomes obsessive it can lead to self-depricating comments and frequent comparison of your shape and size to other people. This dissatisfaction with physical appearance to an extent can hamper functioning, self-confidence, as well as cause significant distress. A lot of times this is a result of or reinforced by society.
Therapy can help you look at your body in a more realistic way and move towards understanding and acceptance. It will help you make decisions about your body, not because you hate it, but from a place of acceptance and growth.
Gender and Sexuality
We’ve heard that sexuality is a spectrum but do you really understand what it means? There’s a lot of diversity in how individuals and groups understand, experience, and express gender. Because gender influences our behaviors and relationships, it can also affect health. Your self-expression can be hampered by the judgment of those around you, leading to a sense of incongruence of having to hide who you are and projecting an image that is not truly you.
Therapy makes you more resilient and helps provide a safe space to explore questions about your gender identity or sexuality. It helps you reach a place of acceptance, where you can hopefully express yourself better as an individual.
Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms your ability to cope, causes helplessness, diminishes your sense of self and the ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, you may have difficulty moving on with your life.
Psychologists can help you find constructive ways of managing these emotions without negatively affecting your life.
Have you felt another person behaving in a cruel, violent, demeaning, or invasive manner toward you? The term abuse most commonly implies physical mistreatment but also encompasses sexual, psychological (emotional), or financial mistreatment.
Therapy can be largely beneficial to people who have suffered trauma as it gives them access to safe resources, helps them effectively cope with intrusive thoughts, increases self-worth, helps process trauma, motivates them to enjoy emotional wellbeing, and stop past abuse from affecting their future.
Stress can be positive as well as negative. The kind of stress that helps us push ourselves and work better is called “eustress”. The unhelpful kind of stress that hampers our performance is called “distress”. The latter is usually what we refer to when we say we are “stressed”.
Distress can have several negative impacts on you like, inability to work well, relationships getting affected, physical illnesses, immune system compromised. Therapy can help you formulate effective ways of coping with stress in a healthy manner so as to function better.
Work related distress
A stressful work environment can contribute to problems such as headache, stomachache, sleep disturbances, short temper, and difficulty concentrating. Chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. It can also contribute to health conditions such as depression, obesity, and heart disease.
Therapy teaches you to identify and track your stressors, develop healthy responses, establish boundaries, learn how to relax, and take time to recharge.
Work life balance
It is the level of involvement between the multiple roles in a person’s life, particularly as they pertain to employment and family or leisure activities. Achieving a good balance or fit will help you increase life satisfaction.
When there is work-life imbalance, one or a few roles can eclipse the other roles that we might play, leading to situations that result in distress.
Therapy can help you identify your priorities and arrange them in a manner that gives you the most amount of satisfaction. Help you find what your “right” balance is and how to achieve it in a realistic manner.
When life stops seeming worthwhile, existential anxiety kicks in. It is a state of questioning the meaning, freedom, and purpose in life. The main concerns are the same: that life is inherently pointless, that our existence has no meaning because there are limits or boundaries on it, and that we all must die someday.
As you age, you might feel as though physical and psychological changes are taking place constantly. When you reach the midpoint of your life, you may question the things you have chosen to dedicate your life to. Or maybe your goals and plans don’t seem to make sense anymore.
Therapy provides the opportunity to enter the next phase of life with greater self-awareness and self-compassion. It can help you explore desires and fears without behaving recklessly or in a way that might negatively affect your life.
Distress in physical Illness
People living with chronic physical conditions often experience emotional distress and chronic pain, which are both associated with the development of various psychological disorders like depression and anxiety. This with disability can also cause psychological
distress and isolate people from social support. It also leads to the unpleasant feelings and emotions that a person has when they feel overwhelmed. These emotions and feelings get in the way of their daily living and affect how they react to the people around them.
Therapy precedes and facilitates the use of active coping mechanisms. It also reduces the rate at which individuals engage in risky behaviours, prevents negative appraisals and increases