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Why most Americans chose this day to go to therapy

Americans are using therapy to cure the midweek slump, new research suggests. In a poll of 2009 adults, 59% have either participated in or are currently in treatment. Of these respondents, almost eight in 10 (79%) would rather have therapy during the work week rather than the weekend (12%). About a quarter (26%) prefer to have their session on a Wednesday, specifically. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of BetterHelp, found that for 35%, how they feel after a therapy session is largely dependent on the day of the week the appointment took place, even more so than the weather outside (31%) or recent current events (30 %). 59 percent would rather have treatment in the morning than in the afternoon (26%) or evening (6%). To further narrow their preferences, 57% of respondents prefer the therapist to be older than them. “You squeeze all sorts of things into your schedule when you think they’re valuable, necessary, and important to you, and that’s how you incorporate therapy sessions into your life,” says Haesue Jo, licensed therapist and director of clinical operations at BetterHelp. “You prioritize them. You assume the belief that your mental well-being and health maintenance is valuable, necessary and important. You save space for sessions, you plan sessions, you show up for sessions, and you integrate insights and learning between sessions.” Time and day aside, nearly eight in 10 (77%) believe they would benefit from being able to message their therapist when they need to. The survey also asked respondents to describe their goals for 2022. While 31% said they want to learn a new hobby and 26% are competing for a promotion at work, others are working on their mental well-being. Most respondents (34%) aim to reduce their anxiety. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed acknowledged that their family and friends have varying degrees of impact on their overall health and happiness. When asked which actions the respondents believe are necessary for good mental health, rest (37%), eating a balanced diet (35%) and socializing with others (31%) ranked highly among the respondents. Research also showed that respondents spend an equal amount of time taking care of their mental health and physical health each week. The average person spends about four hours per week maintaining their physical and mental state, which equates to about 347 hours, or 15 days in total per year. Yet one in ten does not dedicate any time a week to their mental and physical health. Respondents also noted that physical and mental health work together with each other. About four in 10 (39%) said both are equally important when it comes to how healthy you feel overall. But others prioritized mental health slightly over physical health, respectively 29% vs. 25%. Eight in 10 believe that their physical health depends on factors completely outside their control, but only around six in 10 (57%) say the same about their mental health. “Holistic wellness considers all aspects of what makes you feel healthy,” says Jo. “Some may think: ‘the chicken or the egg?’ and sometimes I think “physical or mental/emotional well-being?” Just focusing on one of these aspects leaves you vulnerable to malaise in general, as mental and physical health are so intertwined.” TOP HABITS FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH Drinking water – 37% Exercise – 37% Rest – 37% Eating a balanced diet – 35% Engaging in hobbies – 32% Positive self-talk – 32% END

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