Have you ever been told that therapy or counseling is just for people who think too much, or for those who don’t have the mental strength to cope with their emotions? Some people say these things because they’re fearful of talking to others about how they feel, while others may genuinely believe this to be true. In fact…
Should you try therapy?
Those who have tried counseling and reaped the rewards may well say that we should all try it at least once in our lifetime, and expert opinion is the same. There will be a time in all of our lives when we struggle to come to terms with the way we’re feeling, or find that we can’t stop thinking about something, and that it’s beginning to have a negative impact on our daily lives.
With statistics showing that depression alone is one of the leading causes of disability and disease globally, and that billions of dollars are lost in workplaces every year due to this, it benefits everyone if we all do our best to get help when we’re mentally unwell.
Here are just some of the ways that you might benefit from counseling:
The positive effects of therapy are often long lasting:
For many who turn to a counselor for help, they discover that not only are they better equipped to cope with their current state of mind or deal with what they’re experiencing right now, but that they have been given the tools to deal with trauma or stress that may occur in the future.
Your physical wellbeing gets counseled too:
Physical symptoms are often triggered or made worse by psychological trauma, and the worse the trauma, the worse the effects, until sometimes the individual is unable to function in their daily life and may even have to give up work. Studies have shown that engaging in talking therapies can help reduce physical issues, and in some cases, make them disappear altogether.
You can avoid future breakdowns by dealing with your issues now:
Repressed emotions can be extremely debilitating over time, and when they’re not tackled and dealt with early on, they can come back with a vengeance, months or sometimes even years, later. Avoiding your feelings rarely has positive consequences, even if the thought of talking about them with someone is painful and scary, and some go on to have breakdowns due to an inability to process events and emotions, or find that they’re unable to maintain healthy relationships with others.
Deal with your emotional state now, and under the guidance of a professional, and you might be able to avoid future issues that could be far more damaging for you in the long term.