Life has always been an uphill battle from the start, but the modern, 21st Century Western world is a world marred with unique division, distractions, and stressors than ever before. Most preceding centuries were ones of marginal societal, technological, and cultural change; if one of your ancestors were pulled back a hundred years to the time of their ancestors, they probably wouldn’t be deprived of much difference, sans a few industrial innovations such as marginal medicine changes, marginal industrial changes, and the internal combustion engine.

Pull an ancestor of yours from the prior century into this current century, or even the prior half-century and they would probably be nonplussed at how rapidly technology, industrialization, and pop culture have accelerated in a relatively transient timespan. From the internet to smartphones, to social media, to mass marketing, your ancestor’s generation probably never anticipated how brisk a new wave of beneficial and detrimental changes would sweep across humanity. Never could most (if not anyone) foresee the atomization of information and disinformation so rapidly, wars waged with flying death automation, the psychological ramifications of “social” media, or that these “revolutionary” industrial machinations could soon eat themselves in an ecological ouroboros unless they are radically re-structured within the next decade.

For all the improvements wrought by modernity, there can still be named many surreal, overwhelming, and terrifying, frenetic detriments. One shouldn’t feel ashamed or stigmatized about being understandably scared or stressed by these uniquely modern stressors; frankly, it would be more bizarre if they didn’t at least elicit a little anxiety, cynicism, pessimism, or depression from you. The widespread prescription rates of psychiatric drugs attest to most American’s preferred form of quick treatment, and while their undoubted benefits shouldn’t be invalidated, their drawbacks are infamous for greatly backfiring when they happen.

Plus, pills and tablets alone can’t substitute for venting your inner frustrations, worries, and traumas out in the safe, supportive setting that therapy can provide, one with proven enduring efficacy. Therapy is a wonderful option for those seeking salient healing, growth, and improvement in their lives, but if you’re looking for something that integrates more of your theological practice, a spiritual life coach may be the right choice for your needs. Over the phone, video chat, or in person, a professional can intimately, privately examine your habits, behaviors, and ideas which are working, or those who may need work. A spiritual life coach may integrate holistic self-care options like meditation, yoga, or affirmations for maximum tried and true, cognitive-behavioral healing.

Atheist or agnostic? No problem! Sure, there are charlatans and con-artists, but any science-abiding therapists and psychologists are now seeking the spiritual life coach route, and clinical research has corroborated the healing of mindfulness practices no matter what your faith denomination (or lack thereof) is. Many of these practices stem from Buddhism and Eastern philosophical tradition, and many scholars have praised Buddhism as the most scientifically compatible religion. No matter who you are or what you believe, don’t rule out a spiritual life coach, and if you’d like to, get in touch at ulrika@ulrikasullivan.com!

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