Happiness shouldn’t have to come at a price — at least, not always. Therapy, medications and gym memberships are powerful coping tools, but fortunately there are a number of free mental well-being tactics out there that also do the trick when you’re struggling.
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help or turning to outside resources for support. That’s often the best option — and the first step to recovery — for some people, says Beth Jones*, a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. But you can also find ways to help yourself without relying on others (or to use in between therapy sessions).
“It’s not that it can’t be empowering when you have somebody guiding you. Obviously, I’m a therapist so I believe in therapy,” Jones says. “But I also think that everybody has the capacity to tune in and identify things that can be helpful — and not so helpful — to themselves.”(Click here to read more)