You've read about therapy on blogs, you've seen it in memes, you might even know people who see a therapist. Still unsure of how you can benefit from therapy? Find out here!
Chances are that at some point in your life, you were told that “crying is a sign of weakness” and “others have enough problems, don’t burden them with yours”. Some of us were even made to feel inadequate and unloved by statements such as “why can’t you be more like [insert name of person deemed “better” than you]?”. Here’s where it becomes problematic. We become so used to bottling in our emotions and listening to these harsh comparisons that it becomes a part of our worldview. Simply put, we falsely think that talking about our issues, worries, and negative thoughts is bad because we do not know any better... and that is something that needs to change.
Here are some positive impacts that therapy can have on your life.
1. You can learn coping skills that last a lifetime
Other than the obvious benefit of being able to help you through issues that you are currently facing or trauma you have faced, you can also pick up techniques that could come in handy in the future. The time put into therapy can allow you to learn skills that aids you in handling overwhelming negative emotions, communicating effectively, stress management as well as forming healthy habits, all of which can come in handy no matter how old you are.
2. It allows you to understand yourself better
Many of us aren’t even aware of the negative experiences (and in consequence, our negative emotions from such situations) from our past that we have suppressed. When we do not allow our thoughts and emotions to be processed healthily, there’s a likelihood the negative view we have of ourselves (and sometimes, others) that’s been bottled up might finally explode at the most inopportune moments. Therapy can assist you in unpacking these suppressed emotions and to understand where these negative perceptions of self and others come from.
3. Therapy can bring out the best in you
If the point above made you go, “aw no, my problems aren’t so serious. I don’t need therapy.” or “therapy is for severe mental issues, I’m perfectly fine!”, then you’d be surprised to hear that anyone can go for therapy (yes, even therapists themselves!). Many have the idea that therapy is only for people who are unwell to become well. However, therapy can also help anyone who is well to become better! Aside from helping you reach your goals, therapy can also guide you in becoming better emotionally, mentally, and sometimes, physically. In essence, therapy can help us be our best self, no matter where we are on the health continuum.
4. It gives you a whole new viewpoint of others too!
A huge part of therapy involves challenging long-held unhealthy assumptions we make about ourselves! By replacing these beliefs with healthier, more rational ones, we may notice that our perception about other people have changed as well. Being able to better understand our own thoughts and behaviour helps us to empathise with other people more effectively.
We hope that this article has allowed you to better understand the many positives of therapy. If you feel like therapy would be helpful and you would like to give it a try, please reach out to Telos Mental Wellness at email@example.com or call/Whatsapp +6011-54209007. We provide therapy that is affordably priced at a convenient location in Subang Jaya.
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