Too Much Drama: Do I Need a Therapist?

While everything in the world seems to be verging on drama, terrorism, and insanity, how are we supposed to stay positive and happy with our own lives? With mass shootings, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks in every continent, where do we go to feel safe? The truth is, there is no guarantee that anyplace is safe from random acts of violence or mother nature. However, you should not be sitting around waiting for something to happen or hiding out in your basement to avoid the dangers of the outside world. That kind of life is no life at all. You cannot hide from life and enjoy it at the same time. Sure, hiding in your basement may keep you safe from most things but it also keeps you from enjoying your life as well. If the recent events in the world are causing you undue stress or anxiety, maybe it is time you talk to someone about it.

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Friend, Family, or Therapist

So, who can you talk to about your concerns? You can try talking to your family or friends but you know they are going to be biased and are not professional. Also, you may not want your friends and family to know about your feelings. They may feel sorry for you or worse, disagree with you and tell you that your worries are stupid. No matter what you are worrying about, your feelings are never stupid. They are your feelings and they are popping up for a reason. After all, look at all of the bad things happening in the world right now. It would be unusual for you not to be at least a little bit worried about the state of things. However, you cannot let your feelings take over your life and make you avoid everything and everyone. If you are seriously concerned about how you are feelings, your best bet is to talk to a therapist.

Finding a Therapist

If you are like the majority of the population, you do not have your own therapist and have no idea how to find one. Sure, you could just Google “therapist” and find one in your area that sounds good but you will have no idea if this person will be a good match for you or not and you will probably waste a lot of time setting appointments and going to meet them until you find the one who you feel most comfortable with. There are some organizations that will give you a list of the mental health care providers in your area, which include:

Online Therapy

An easier way to find a therapist is to use an online resource such as BetterHelp.com to help you. They are the largest mental health resource in the world and have over 2,000 licensed therapists and counselors available to help you. If you are looking to talk to a therapist and do not want to spend days or weeks looking for one, why not try online therapy? It is much more convenient and you do not even have to leave your house to do it.

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day – let’s stop mental health from being a taboo subject. Speak to somebody about the way you feel!

10 Las Vegas Alternatives With the Same 24/7 Buzz

For some people, the whole idea of ‘Sin City’ is a little cliché. And so it often proves, when Las Vegas doesn’t turn out to be quite the place you expect. For those who get it, Vegas really is heaven on earth in every way. For others, it has a habit of coming across as a little…well, manufactured in the extreme.

Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it’s certainly not for everyone. You can always play Cleopatra online slots from your pyjamas at home. If not though, where should you go for the same kind of gambling and general buzz Sin City is famous for?

Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas isn’t the only place in the world with fantastic casinos and the kind of 24/7 lifestyle that’s borderline intoxicating. So if you’re looking for the perfect place to party, gamble and eat to excess just because you can, the following 10 Las Vegas alternatives come highly recommended:

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1.Atlantic City

First up comes maybe the most obvious entry of all – Atlantic City or the New Jersey coast. Pretty much the East Coast’s interpretation of Las Vegas, all the action is centred around a main boardwalk that boasts gorgeous views day and night. Just a few of the outstanding casinos to check out in Atlantic City include Resorts Casino Hotel, Borgata, Bally’s, Golden Nugget and Caesars. The dining opportunities are second to none, as are the endless boat trips and excursions from the marina for a little wildlife watching at its best.

2.Gold Coast

Slightly further afield, Australia’s Gold Coast is the place to head if looking to combine the most idyllic and extraordinary beach life in the world with superb 24/7 entertainment. Award winning restaurants and bars, stunning rainforests, international theme parks and of course, the equally famous Jupiters Hotel & Casino. Along with being an absolute paradise for surfers (hence the name on the famed strip of coastline), it’s the kind of region that caters to all tastes and preferences – regardless of what you’re looking for.

3.Niagara Falls

If Niagara Falls has made it to the list of places you just have to see in your lifetime, be sure to combine it with a stay in fabulous Toronto. The city lies no more than around 90 minutes from this remarkable waterfall, which sits in a region packed with endless entertainment and casino action. Plus the fact that it is right on the border between the United States and Canada means you get to check out two countries for the price of one! Just a few of the casinos you’ll really need to check out during your trip include Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino Resort and Seneca Niagara. Plus, it is more than worth indulging in a guided tour or two, in order to see the Falls at their very best.

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4.Macau

Heading a little (or a lot) further east, Macau has long been compared and contrasted with Las Vegas for its association with casino gaming and gambling on every level. But what makes Macau entirely unique is the way in which it brings together the super-modern and the ancient so seamlessly. Historic buildings and timeless culture blend right in with the endless shopping malls, gigantic casinos and modern way of life that keeps Macau buzzing 24 hours a day. Head over to the Venetian, Grand Lisboa, Sands, MGM Grand or Babylon Casino for every western casino classic, along with a fair few variations you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

5.Monaco

What Monaco lacks in size it more than makes up for in exclusivity. Suffice to say, it isn’t the type of place you can expect to head with pennies in your pocket and live the local lifestyle. Still, even if you base yourself as far away as Nice, it only takes a quick train ride to head into Monaco for an afternoon or weekend.  It goes without saying that the local highlights are Casino de Monte-Carlo, Casino Cafe de Paris, Sun Casino and Monte-Carlo Bay Casino – don’t expect to pay less than around $1,000 per night for a decent room in the heart of town.

6.Dubai

By contrast, Dubai provides visitors with the opportunity to live a millionaire’s lifestyle, without having to go overboard with the spending. The only difference being that across the UAE as a whole, gambling remains illegal! Nevertheless, you can still expect the same kind of 24/7 buzz and atmosphere you’d expect from a weekend in Las Vegas. Spend your trip wasting as much time as possible on Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach, JBR Beach, Sunset Beach or Al Mamzar Beach, enjoying some of the most decadent cuisine served up anywhere in the world!

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7.Amsterdam

Right at the heart of the Netherlands lies another city famed for its ‘sinful’ leisure tourism scene. The difference being that with its unofficial handle of the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam combines absolute hedonism with incredible culture, history, architecture and beauty. The Holland Casino Amsterdam represents the best place to head for a spot of gambling, but most of the city in general doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘closing time’.

8.New Orleans

Often highly underrated by those who have never experienced it for themselves, New Orleans is one of the most quintessentially unique and captivating cities anywhere in the world. Particularly if you head over at the time of the Mardi Gras parade. Either way, the rich culture and unparalleled nightlife of New Orleans make it exactly the kind of place that’s worthy of stopping by. Be sure to check out Harrah’s Casino, Treme, Jackson Square, Audubon Zoo and French Quarter while in town.

9. Biloxi, Mississippi

Not too far away, Biloxi could be a prime candidate for America’s best city you’ve never heard of. Along with eight incredible casinos running 24 hours a day, there are A-Lister packed live shows throughout the year, an extraordinary dining scene and the most idyllic subtropical climate imaginable. The total package you’d expect from Las Vegas, only with the removal of the chaotic crowds and the addition of unbroken views of the Gulf Coast from your hotel room.

10. Cruises

Last but not least, if you genuinely cannot make your mind up as to where to head, why not consider a cruise? These days, cruise liners are less methods of transportation and more floating interpretations of Las Vegas in their own right.  Most packed with the kind of 24/7 entertainment that puts most modern cities to shame. From world-class nightly shows to Michelin-Star dining to some of the best casinos on land or on sea, the contemporary cruise experience really can be amazing!