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Liberating Ourselves: Escaping the Clutches of Material Possessions

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In Australia right now, the amount of money people are borrowing for mortgages is at record high. Also, we collectively owe a whopping $40.99 billion on our credit cards. Everywhere we look, we're bombarded with ads telling us to buy more. It's easy to get sucked into this cycle of always wanting more things. We think buying stuff will make us happy, but what happens when all the things we own start to control us? Let's take a closer look at how this focus on material things affects our mental health and see how we can break free from it.


The Effect of Stuff on Mental Health

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the things in your house? Maybe you've felt stressed about spending too much money on things you don't really need. These are just some ways that having lots of possessions can mess with our heads.


  • Feeling Anxious and Stressed: When our homes are full of clutter, it can make us feel anxious and stressed out. Seeing all that mess can make us feel like our lives are chaotic and out of control.

  • Money Worries: Buying lots of stuff usually means spending lots of money. This can lead to worrying about money and struggling to pay off debts, which can really mess with our heads.

  • Comparing Ourselves to Others: Social media makes it easy for us to compare our lives to other people's seemingly perfect lives. This can make us feel like we're not good enough and make us want to buy more stuff to try and measure up.

  • Losing Who We Are: When we start to think that our worth is tied to the things we own, we can forget who we really are. Our possessions end up defining us, instead of the things that truly matter to us.


How You Can Break Free

Luckily, there's a way to escape from this cycle of always wanting more. It's called strategic psychotherapy, and it teaches us how to take back control of our lives and what really matters to us. By using a strategic approach, you can learn to manage your relationship with material possessions and find more happiness and contentment.


  • Knowing What's Important: Strategic psychotherapy helps us figure out what really matters to us. Once we know that, we can focus on those things instead of constantly chasing after more stuff.

  • Changing Our Thinking: A lot of us have beliefs about stuff that aren't helpful. Strategic psychotherapy helps us challenge those beliefs and develop healthier attitudes towards buying and owning things.

  • Dealing with the Urge to Buy: It's hard to resist the urge to buy more stuff, especially when everyone around us is doing it. Strategic psychotherapy gives us strategies to cope with that urge and find other ways to feel good.

  • Being Thankful: Being grateful for what we already have can help us feel happier with our lives. Strategic psychotherapy teaches us how to be thankful for what we have instead of always wanting more.


Vicky's Story

Vicky was a busy mum who felt like she was drowning in material things. No matter how much she tried to get rid of the clutter, more stuff kept piling up. With the help of strategic psychotherapy, Vicky learned why she was always buying things she didn't need. She also learned how to stop letting stuff control her life. After a few sessions, Vicky felt happier and more fulfilled focusing on experiences and connections rather than stuff.


Let's Break Free

It's time to stop letting stuff rule your life. By taking a strategic approach to the things we own, we can find more meaning and happiness in our lives. Let's start this journey together.





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