With April being Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on various ways we can support a healthy mental state of mind—one of those ways being therapy. Some people hear the word therapy and immediately panic or get intimidated at the very thought of releasing their deepest feelings to a complete stranger. However, the stigma with therapy should be wiped away.
Therapy is an instrumental tool that has been proven to help people gain clarity within their lives. It isn’t just for people with diagnosed mental problems or ones that have gone through traumatic experiences. You could be completely successful and still long for guidance on how to realize alternative perspectives. There is a multitude of reasons why one would want to attend therapy. Here are three reasons why you should give therapy a try as well.
This is probably one of the most common reasons why people attend therapy. Of course, we all know of couple’s counseling but there are so many other types of relationships that bear the pressures and strains of life. Relationships are so significant that they can drive a wedge through anyone’s mind.
Therapists are expert relaters, skilled at treating all varieties of relational problems. Marriage, parenting, siblings, bosses, friendships, frienemies, they’ve got you covered (psychologytoday.com). Try therapy as a way for you to break through mental blocks and rebuild that relationship with your mother who you haven’t talked to in years or your best friend who you’ve been holding a grudge against over miscommunication.
These uncontrollable feelings can be some of the toughest to understand and communicate with others. Fear, anxiety, and depression can overwhelm and cloud your mind with judgment and denial. These things aren’t beneficial for a healthy mental state of mind. Therapy can help you make sense of the emotion, contain it, and point you to the deeper issues that are stirring up such a reaction. People can make some regrettable choices and say some hurtful things when overtaken by emotion (psychologytoday.com).
Many people may fall on the other side of the spectrum when dealing with emotions. Some find difficulty in opening up to loved ones and expressing their true thoughts and feelings about certain situations. It may not even be that they don’t want to open up, but they don’t know how to open up. Therapy is a valuable tool that can eliminate that type of blockage and allow for an abundance of smooth communication.
3. Self Care
Just as you take care of your physical health, it’s equally important to take care of your mental health. Prioritizing mental health promotes healthy self-care practices. Everyone needs an outlet, ideally a mental health professional, with whom they can unload all of the “heavy stuff” (psychcentral.com).
Nothing has to be detrimentally wrong in order for you to want to receive therapy. Sometimes we carry baggage we’re not even aware of until we actually talk about the things that we push so deep in the back of our minds. We have to realize that we don’t always have all of the answers, no matter how hard we try. Therapy will make you realize new coping mechanisms that can help improve the quality of your life overall.
Hopefully, these 3 reasons have broadened your perspective on why attending therapy is something everyone should explore. There are so many beneficial advantages, so go ahead and give it a try!