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Benefits of Text Based Therapy

Text-based therapy involves interacting with a therapist through a HIPPA compliant commercial service provider. People send text messages to their therapists/coach as an alternative to scheduling in-person appointments. Therapists respond back to clients accordingly via texts, which is a form of cost-effective online counseling with many benefits where clients feel more open and comfortable. Here are some of the many benefits of text-based therapy.

Convenience

Online counseling/coaching is convenient and affordable. People can attend text-based therapy sessions from the comfort of their homes. This is exceptionally beneficial for those who live in remote areas, especially if they do not have access to other mental health treatments because there are no practices located nearby.

Accessibility

Online counseling/coaching provides support to clients who are housebound or have disabilities. If a person is unable to leave home for many reasons, including physical or mental illnesses, they can still get treatment through text-based therapy.

Reflection

Text interactions between therapists/coaches and clients allow both parties to pay attention to all communication exchanges. They can always go back to reread them and reflect on their feelings as many times as necessary. When a person reads something, they can take a step back to re-approach facts more objectively and impartially. A client can take their time to express thoughts in the form of writing. Writing things down has cathartic effects and is often assigned to clients as homework after attending in-person sessions.

Insights

During in-person meetings, a client may not express all their thoughts and feelings adequately to reach the heart of a matter. By texting in a private and secure space, they can express themselves more openly and keep track of all communications.

Control

Clients feel less restricted when they are communicating through texts, which is what makes text-based therapy so effective. They can speak their minds without fearing judgment by reading a counselor’s facial expression or body language. Instead of stressing about making the most of an hour’s session in-person, clients can comfortably set the tone, pace, and frequency of things they want to talk about.

Anonymity

With online counseling/coaching, clients can keep their identity hidden if it makes them feel more comfortable. They do not have to reveal themselves, and a counselor/coach would not know what the person sounds or looks like. This provides more security and control for people to decide how much they want to share with someone else.

Accountability

Both clients and providers can hold themselves accountable for things they say since everything is done in writing. People often feel a sense of commitment when they write opinions or statements. Instead of trying to remember everything or repeating things, clients can also refer to previous exchanges to save time and effort.

Healing Animals with Reiki

Many forward-thinking and progressive humans around the world are becoming fans of practicing Reiki. Reiki is a system of spiritual healing with roots in Japanese origin. The word itself comes from the Japanese word “Rei,” which means “Universal Life.” The energy of Reiki is not affiliated with a religion. It is merely a form of spiritually guided life force energy that flows through all living things with the ability to strengthen and heal. Most people use Reiki for wellness, and the practice can benefit animals too.

What is Distant Animal Reiki

Distant Animal Reiki is a healing technique that involves emitting life force energy to the affected area of an animal’s body. It is beneficial for pets of any shape, species, and age. The energy from the practitioner’s hands travels through the animal’s energy pathways and enters their entire body. Reiki for pets is noninvasive and always keeps the animal safe. There is no need for physical contact, as the practitioner is simply transferring energy through their hands to the pet from a distance. This practice is very gentle, especially for pets who are fearful. By transferring energy from a distance, your pet can be relaxed doing their usual activities instead of dreading being touched by strangers. They can play or nap while the healing is being done. As a pet parent, you do not have to be at home, so the practice does not disrupt your daily routine.

Benefits of Distant Animal Reiki

Reiki strengthens the animal’s immune system and heals them after surgeries or if they are suffering from any illness. If the animal is stressed and anxious, Reiki can help animals relax and heal behavioral problems. Reiki also heals all kinds of pain in any part of their body and provides a lot of comfort for terminally ill pets and their parents. Reiki enhances a pet’s well-being and reinforces the bond between pets and their owners because of the transferring of love, kindness, and healing energy. Distant animal Reiki provides a higher energy level to give pets the strength they need for recovery. This practice is an excellent supplement to medical treatments and relieves all kinds of aches, allergies, and pains if they are injured.

Why Choose Distant Animal Reiki

Distance healing is a form of talking and listening to animals without getting too close where they might be afraid and unable to relax. The right practitioner will have the skills to listen and connect with your pet, even from afar. They can sense the problem and channel healing energy to the affected area of your pet’s body without scaring or exciting them.

 

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotions are a critical source of information for learning.” — Joseph LeDoux

Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence includes: the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions and recognizing, and understanding the emotions of others.

The purpose for developing emotional literacy is to precisely identify and communicate our feelings.

Features of Emotional Intelligence

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Empathy
  4. Motivation
  5. Social skill

1. Self-awareness

This can be defined as having the ability to recognize one’s own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, values and drivers and understanding their impact on yourself and others.

2. Self-regulation

Self-regulation permits you to sensibly manage your emotions and impulses – you show or restrain certain emotions depending on what is necessary and helpful for the situation.  Self-control is a fundamental part of this, but other aspects relate to what you then do: whether you behave in a way which is recognized as ‘virtuous’ or not.

3. Empathy

To be empathetic means you are able to identify and understand others’ emotions i.e. imagining yourself in someone else’s position.

4. Motivation

Being self-motivated consists of: enjoying what you do, working towards achieving your goals and not being motivated by money or status.

5. Social Intelligence is the ability to be aware of the emotions of others, in the moment, and to use that information to manage our relationships. 

Five Ways to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence.

  1. Manage your negative emotions. If someone is upsetting you, don’t jump to conclusions. Instead, allow yourself to look at the situation in a variety of ways. Try to look at things objectively so you don’t get distressed as easily. 
  2. Be mindful of your vocabulary. Focus on becoming a stronger communicator. Emotionally intelligent people tend to use more specific words that can help communicate deficiencies, and immediately work to address them.
  3. Practice empathy. Centering on verbal and non-verbal cues can give you invaluable insight into the feelings of others. Practice focusing on others and walking in their shoes, even if just for a moment. Empathetic statements do not excuse unacceptable behavior, but they help remind you that everyone has their own issues.
  4. Know your stressors. Take stock of what stresses you, and be proactive to have less of it in your life.
  5. Bounce back from adversity. Everyone encounters challenges. It’s how you react to these challenges that either sets you up for success or puts you on the track to full on meltdown mode. You already know that positive thinking will take you far. To help you bounce back from adversity, practice optimism instead of complaining. What can you learn from this situation? Ask constructive questions to see what you can take away from the challenge at hand.

Benefits of Higher Emotional Intelligence

  • People with higher emotional intelligence find it easier to form and maintain interpersonal relationships and to ‘fit in’ to group situations.
  • People with higher emotional intelligence are also better at understanding their own psychological state, which can include managing stress effectively and being less likely to suffer from depression.