What does a balanced life mean to you? It’s important to define this from your perspective as the concept is a very individualized one. The goal is to be completely satisfied with every aspect of your life (work, family, spiritual, personal etc) such that no one area is adversely affecting another aspect.
To have a job that we love, a family we cherish, the body we aspire for, the social circle we desire…such a life is regarded as the perfect embodiment of balance. Such a utopian view of life can also cause undue stress, as much as lack of balance in itself, keeping us from being truly happy.
LivAhead therapists encourage you to pause and reflect on the ever-evolving concept of balance. We help you recognise the interconnectedness between different facets of your life, find mutual value among them, define boundaries that work for you and ones that need refinement. However, this need not be a sudden or dramatic upheaval; it can be achieved through small but significant changes allowing you to build on them and can transform the quality of your life for the better.
“No man is an island”. One of the most significant contributors to a happy life is creating strong interpersonal relationships. Though relationships are key to leading a fulfilling and contented life, maintaining healthy relationships with certain significant members in our lives can be challenging at times. The relationships that we find enriching are not limited to family or friends, but extend to work colleagues, neighbors, society or club members etc. If you can relate to any of the following statements, then you could be struggling with your interpersonal relationships:
A LivAhead therapist can help you understand your role in creating and maintaining healthy relationships with others and also identifying unhealthy relationships that cause more harm than good.
Of all our relationships the most complex relationship is with our spouse/partner. It is the relationship that we invest the most in and the one that can cause the most stress when it is strained. Our happiness and quality of life are directly proportional to how well our marriage is doing.
LivAhead couples’ therapists will help you to:
During the sessions you will learn new tools to reconnect with your partner and can practice them at home to forge anew and maintain the reconnection.
Please be aware the goal of the couples’ therapy is to help you figure out what you want from the marriage, both individually and collectively as a couple. Our therapists do not decide for you or guide you but help you discover what you want.
Change is inevitable, and events leading to significant changes in your life can sometimes be difficult to handle. Certain life events whether planned or unexpected, can bring with them uncertainty, fear, anxiety, or grief. For instance, taking up a new job in a different city or losing a job, moving on from a relationship, becoming a parent, losing a loved one, or living through a global pandemic etc…call on you to redesign several aspects of your life. These transitions can create numerous demands on your time and energies, dealing with which can be daunting. Denying and/ or avoiding change can sometimes be tempting, but these strategies often minimise your abilities to navigate through the transitions.
Acknowledging the reality that we are faced with can be most difficult. However, doing so is the first of the many steps that can help you deal with change. LivAhead therapists are here to help you develop coping skills and visualise your desired outcomes. Equally important is to recognise and address the blocks that keep you from thriving in these ever changing times. Growing through transitions is possible and we are committed to facilitating that journey for you.
"S-A-D" represent the most common conditions that dampen one's well-being. While they can and do co-occur, there is merit to recognising the subtle, yet important differences between them.
You could relate to a hypothetical situation where: you just had a fight with a loved one. If your heart is racing, palms are sweaty and there is a heaviness in the chest, you are probably stressed. If you are constantly thinking of worst-case scenarios, are fixated on all things negative, and are preoccupied with the fight well past its ending, you could be anxious. If the fight causes you to feel extremely low, lose interest in activities that you previously enjoyed, develop irregular eating and/ or sleep habits, feel worthless, hopeless and/ guilty for days at a stretch, you could be depressed.
It is critical to recognize if and when stress, anxiety, and/ or depression requires clinical interventions. If you are struggling with "S-A-D", LivAhead therapists are here to offer support and help you rebuild your strength. We believe that at the core, "S-A-D" reflects your relationships with your thoughts. Reframing these alongside focusing on your feelings and actions can enable you to take better care of yourself.
Life events that cause trauma or being subjected to abuse (mental, physical or sexual) increases the risk of affecting your mental health. Emotional and psychological trauma occurs when you are subjected to a particularly stressful event or prolonged exposure to abuse that breaks your sense of security and ends up making you feel extremely helpless. The effects of psychological trauma can leave one feeling a great deal of emotions, memories, and anxiety. For some people it can leave them feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. It’s important to seek timely help if you are experiencing any of the following:
LivAhead therapists offer you a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to begin a healing process at a pace that you are comfortable with and eventually feel better.
We have put together a checklist, which is not exhaustive and may not exactly describe what you are feeling but can help you identify signs that your mental health needs care.
If you find yourself
Above symptoms should not be taken as an indication of an underlying mental health disorder but only as a guide to seek professional help.