For many people going to therapy is a distant concept that they never see themselves doing. The idea of therapy being only for those who are seriously mentally ill is outdated and harmful. Therapy is very different from what you may see in movies or TV shows. Seeking advice from an unbiased professional is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Therapy does not equal paying someone to listen to you vent. While venting can be part of the process, the emphasis is on the teaching of skills to better cope with life's situations. So, in case you need a little convincing, here are 5 reasons you should definitely try therapy.
1. When things get hard, you shut down.
We have all been there. You feel 100% fine until everything comes to a head. It's the night before a big test, or an important meeting at work and you are panicking. Stress is normal, it's all about how you deal with it. Therapy can help you develop coping skills so that when things get tough you can face them head on. No more panics, you will be able to manage what life throws at you because therapy has given you the skills.
2. You are feeling a little lost.
Whether it's a major life transition that has you feeling a confused or your feeling that your life is stagnant, therapy can help. Your therapist will help you find your best self, both personally and professionally. Whether you are a new grad trying to figure it all out or you feel stuck in your current position a therapist can help guide you. First and foremost therapy is about improving yourself and when you take the time to do that you will see the results in every aspect of life. Essentially therapy is like getting a PhD in yourself.
3. You're relationships are feeling rocky.
In any relationship, each person brings their baggage. This applies to friendships, familial relationships, or romantic relationships. Going to therapy can teach you how to navigate disagreements so they are productive discussions instead of screaming matches. Your therapist will help you gain perspective on where the other person is coming from. Most importantly, your therapist will help you reflect on yourself and what you bring to the table. This is includes understanding your own worth and being more assertive about your needs!
4. You wish you were more confident.
Let's face it, most of us have some insecurities. These insecurities can cause us to be unsure of ourselves and settle for less than we deserve. Your therapist can help you gain the confidence you wish you had. You will be amazed by how much your life will change when you are more confident. Every other reason to go to therapy that we have discussed above comes down to this. You are at the centre of it all and learning to recognize your own worth and accepting your weaknesses will positively impact every aspect of your life.
5. There is a problem you've been ignoring.
While all of the above is true, there is another important reason to try therapy. If you have been struggling with unstable moods, feeling down, feeling overly anxious, or trouble sleeping then therapy can help. There are lots of reasons you may have avoided going until now but the benefits outweigh any fears or reservations you may have. It is time to take action and do something for yourself. If you feel like you're ready to give therapy a try but are too shy to reach out, give online therapy a try!