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Try these emotional exercises if you can't find a therapist

By Juli Fraga

28 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Psychologist Juli Fraga, Psy.D., outlines how adding an “emotional workout” to your self-care regimen can ease the burden of anxiety and stress.

As the pandemic continues, so does the mental health crisis. Many of us are struggling with the grief and trauma the coronavirus unleashed, as well as stressors such as mass shootings and climate change. With so much suffering, there is a greater need for therapy, but many psychotherapists - myself included - can't meet the rising demand.

When new patients contact me, I help those in crisis find emergency care and connect others with counselors or group support. But when capital "S" stressors such as unrelenting anxiety, depleting depression and insomnia roar loud, some patients want more immediate help. This might explain why many prospective patients ask me: "What can I do now to improve my mental health?"

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