When the winter hits, it’s more likely than ever that you and those around you will struggle with depression and mood disorders. You may feel lonely and isolated, or you may be bored or tired without the usual activities that you enjoy available to you. The good news is that you can still go to virtual therapy despite the winter weather around you. You won’t have to get in your car to drive in the ice, sleet, or snow to see your therapist on schedule.
If there is anything that virtual therapy services do exceptionally well, it’s making it easier for you to meet with your therapist at almost any time of day and from nearly anywhere in the world. Here are three reasons why you should continue attending virtual therapy this winter as you adjust to staying home a little bit more often.
Virtual Therapy Doesn’t Require You to Travel
With telehealth therapy, it’s easier to get to your appointments, even when the weather isn’t good, because you don’t even have to get out of bed if you don’t want to. Have you ever had to rearrange a session because the roads were too icy? Did you ever cancel because you were feeling the “winter blues” and didn’t feel up to leaving the house? With teletherapy, this is no longer a problem. At the time of your session, just log into the virtual conference room or wait for a phone call; your therapist will contact you and connect for your session without asking you to leave your home.
Virtual Therapy Helps with Consistency
If you live in an area where it’s hard to keep up with appointments in the winter, then virtual therapy makes sense. It also makes sense when times get too busy to get to appointments. For example, if it would take you a half-hour to drive to therapy and another to drive home, you might say it’s just too far and won’t fit into your schedule. After all, that’s at least two hours spent in session and traveling.
Instead, you can have sessions through telehealth in the comfort of your home or office, at school, or on the road. You won’t have to leave, so you can spend less time on travel and focus more on your other responsibilities at that time.
Consistency with appointments is also important because your therapist may notice if you start to become depressed over time or begin to show signs of the onset of a mental illnesses symptoms. They can take action sooner to help you pull out of a spiral, so you don’t end up going without the support you need just because you didn’t make it into the office. The following types of appointments can take place entirely online:
- Addiction treatment
- Treatment for depression
- Treatment for bipolar disorder
Telehealth and Virtual Therapy Keeps You Healthy
If you start to feel depression creeping in, anxiety begins to overwhelm you, or a relapse seems possible, teletherapy allows for almost instant access to a therapist. Additionally, teletherapy gives you space from your therapist, so you can feel less anxious about other issues, like COVID-19, which might keep you from heading into the doctor’s office.
Get More Support Through Virtual Therapy Services with Sunstone Recovery
At Sunstone Recovery, we want to help you stay healthy at all times of the year. Whether you struggle with mental health concerns or you have an addiction that you’re recovering from, you deserve support no matter where you are. Our telehealth services are designed to meet you where you are, so you don’t have to travel to meet your provider. Contact us today to learn more about our telehealth services and other treatment options at [direct], or contact us online.