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6 Things To Know Before Hiring Online Counselling Services

6 Things To Know Before Hiring Online Counselling Services

If you read the statistics on depression and unhappiness, you will find them really shocking. What is more shocking is the fact that most people never consider taking help either as counselling or medications to treat this potentially life threatening condition. A 2015 statistics published in Huffington Post suggests that globally, there are almost 350 Million people  who are affected by some form of depression and 11% of the population have depression disorder by the time people reach the age of 18.

To effectively deal with the depression and its symptoms, people resort to different practices: either they use medications, start meditation practices or take on individual counselling. Counselling however, can either be delivered through personal one to one coaching sessions or even through online sessions.

If you wish to explore online counselling services and want to hire an online coach, here is what you need to know:

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You need to search and find credible coaches and experts

Online world is full of fake experts- people with fake credentials can pose themselves as expert counsellors and coaches. You need to find credible and professional coaches who carry good repute and word-of-mouth. There are many online sources or directories where you can find local as well as international online counsellors.

You can even find coaches through coachme app which is now considered as one of the leading sources of online coaches offering services in different segments. Angie’s list can also be a great source for you to find some really good professionals in your local area or online. A quick search on yellow pages or even yelp can help you a great extent in this regard. Yelp is also good in the sense you can find professionals from other international cities also to whom you can contact also for Skype sessions.

Pricing of good counsellors will often be same

Finding an online coach can be great time saving activity but it may not save you cost when it comes to doing therapy sessions with well-known and qualified persons. You need to be sure about the cost and negotiate if you can, before you pay online. A call to the office of the counsellor may do wonders for you, before booking an online session. If you are seeking help through mutual exchange of emails (one of the cheapest methods of securing online help from a professional counsellor than it may cost you around $25 to $125 per email exchange. Normally, therapists will charge you on per minute or per hour basis also.

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Buying the right plan

Online booking for a counselling session is not as simple as it looks, there may be different pricing plans available. It is always extremely important that you call the person and understand the pricing plans before opting for any plan.

Normally, the pricing plans are tiered and are quoted on per session basis however; there can be further costs as you opt for per minute or per hour pricing. Your counselor generally knows how long the session will take, but if she is booking you for an unusually big session, it is most probably an attempt to get more money from you – so alway workout the pricing before you book.

Make sure you have the right equipment

To effectively utilise the online training session you need a high speed internet connection and a PC or a Smartphone. Most coaches offer Skype sessions therefore make sure you also have a headphone/earphone ready.

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If you are planning to take sessions through your tab or smartphone, make sure you are sitting somewhere and not running around or doing other stuff while taking the therapy session.

Your counsellor may not give you more time

One of the key reasons as to why counsellors prefer to serve clients online is to increase their client base. High levels of client base however, also means less time given to each client. When booking a professional counsellor, always makes sure she is ready to give you the required amount of time and as per the rates charged.

Always go local

Online counselling is a virtual world and you can encounter many experts at international level, however it is always great if you can find a local expert who is willing to offer you online sessions.

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Therapy sometimes requires one to one interaction in real-time environment, therefore you need to have access to a person who is approachable and local. But what is important is that you should not stop going for online counselling if you can’t find local providers. In most cases, remote providers may be the best option for you.

Finding an online counsellor is easy. The key is to find the one who is professional and offers you value for the money. You need to do your homework before opting for any external help. A quick tip or recommendation from your existing therapist can also do wonders for you.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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