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Move Over Influencers, Insta Therapists Are Taking The Gram By Storm

Talking about your feelings is cool now.

Guys, real-life therapists are on Instagram.

And not just in a low-key way, either. Instagram accounts run by accredited psychologists are becoming seriously popular. 

71.3K follows? YAS. QUEEN.

And honestly, we can see why. Therapists like Lisa Olivera, Nedra Tawwab and Silvy Khoucasian, not only have eye-catching, aesthetic profiles, they also share legitimate life-advice every day.

Check out this grid from @lisaoliveratherapy

There’s no beating around the bush with these guys – their posts can be confronting. At times the content is so ground-breakingly relatable it will feel as though your life is flashing before your eyes.

These accounts will have you saying “ah yes, this is why I am the way I am” after an initial scroll. I swear on it.

Let us not underestimate what a blessing it is to have these professionals dishing out their services for free. 

In Australia therapy is expensive. The cost of a session usually varies between $60- $150, which can get even more pricey as therapists may charge outside this range.

But you know what totally blows my mind? These online therapists have created a totally new and very accessible form of online therapy.

The most popular Insta therapists often co-host live videos that delve into topics like attachment style, vulnerability and ghosting. They often promote the time of these seminars days in advance. 

What did we do to deserve their service?

These live segments are often flooded with viewers’ questions, you get the impression you’re one of many going “through it”. Honestly, it’s a very comforting experience.

I’m not saying ditch the real-life therapy for online but if you’re struggling with your mental health, grief or a relationship breakdown these accounts are small forms of salvation.

3 Self-Care Lifelines You Should Be Making The Most Of While You’re At Uni

And they're usually free.

Hello, dear uni friends. I’m here to share one of life’s hard truths.

Face masks are a pretty illegitimate form of self-care. Getting onto support services at uni, however, is not.

The good news is that your university offers many and they’re usually free.

Assuming you’re a flawed human like the rest of us, chances are you were told about these resources in 1st Year and completely forgot about them.

You may even think you’re too tough or time-poor for them.

Hard truth #2: You’re not, everybody goes through tough times and it’s important to lean on someone when you do.

Here are a few things you can do at uni to take care of yourself. Please, chronic problem-avoiders, take note.

1. Apply for an extension

You do not have to be dying to apply for an extension. Say it again, repeat it to yourself over and over and let it sink into your head. Students feel guilty for requesting more time because they think their circumstances aren’t “extreme” enough. Relationship break-downs hurt, room-mate clashes get the better of us and sometimes we just feel burnt out or too sad to care. Do your best to send the tutor an e-mail before the deadline.

We feel this on a spiritual level.

2. Find someone who gets your background

University societies get a bad wrap. If you’re a country kid you have an upbringing that your inner city mate won’t understand. If you’re Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander not everyone will get growing up as a First Nations Aussie. Get onto Facebook or your uni website to find a group that fits you. You don’t have to exclusively make friends with people who get your identity, but it sure helps to have at least one. It’s also fun to talk smack about your unique upbringing.

It’s important to feel seen.

3. Access counselling and psychological services

Most universities offer mental health support for their students and more often than not, they’re free. Psychologists are trained professionals and offer a safe and confidential space to talk. Going through uni to see a therapist can save you hundreds of dollars and a commute. Start with a google search of the types of support your uni offers and send an email to organise a meeting.

Capitalise on those free services.

The bottom line is that deadlines suck, readings are long and the cramming is all too real.

Asking for a little help every now and then is something we all need to work on.

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