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Posted on 21st march 2018 by Marie Miguel


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The idea of becoming a doctor, a lawyer, or a stuffy executive doesn’t appeal to you…

You want to be more creative than those professions allow. No worries. You have several options. You can learn how to break into the film industry, capitalise on your art or do something even more outrageous to earn a living.

But if you’re looking into starting an alternative career, you need to be aware that you’ll face different challenges and receive different rewards than those who choose more traditional careers. Here are a few ways these careers can impact your mental health.

People You Care About Might Not Understand

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To be mentally healthy, you need a strong support system. If your friends, family, and/or romantic partner don’t approve of what you’re doing, they might not be there when you need them. That’s especially true if they’re strict traditionalists. It's almost like they want you to fail so that you’ll get back to the life they think you should have.

However, you don’t have to let them decide your life’s course for you. Instead, build a network of friends and associates that are also in alternative careers. They’ll not only cheer you on, but they’ll also be there when you need to work out problems with your plan.

You can also get support from an online counselor at a site like BetterHelp.com. Your therapist’s job is to help you live and work the way you want to and achieve the goals you set for yourself. Besides, they’re in an alternative career, too, so they bring with them a certain understanding you can’t get from most local counselors.

You Have the Ideal Combination of Freedom and Control

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Now let’s talk about the mental health advantages of alternative careers. As soon as you choose a career that’s off the beaten path, you’ve already set yourself free from drudgery. You don’t have to follow a set formula to make it to the top. Instead, you can follow your own path to accomplishment.

What’s more, you have more freedom to do it on your own terms. You’re more in charge of your destiny, writing your own rules, and creating your own goals. You still need to deal with other people, but you have more control over the way you interact with them.

This combination of freedom and control eliminates a lot of the worries and hassles many people face in their careers. You may find that you’re less stressed, more positive, and more satisfied when you achieve what you’ve set out to do.

And, if depression, anxiety, or anger issues become a problem, you don’t have the luxury of ignoring them. Being in an alternative career demands that you overcome these problems quickly. So, you’re more motivated to get the help you need as soon as possible.

In the final analysis, alternative careers lead to unique mental health issues and benefits. The good news is that if you’re aware of them, you can overcome the problems and fully appreciate the benefits. Then, you can live your life the way you choose and succeed in ways others can’t even imagine.


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Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.


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