Therapy has been proved to help people manage their mental health, including anxiety and depression.
However, therapy is not just for people who are severely depressed or anxious. Therapy can benefit you in many ways that you may not even be aware of. Maybe you don’t feel particularly anxious or depressed, but just have a few issues you need some help working through.
Sadly, the stigma of mental health keeps many people from the benefits of going to therapy. Many are afraid of being judged and what other people might think if they found out (probably not the right time to mention the irony that going to therapy would help you overcome worrying what other people think so much….).
Some even feel scared that the therapist would tell them their issues aren’t important or worthy of therapy, and would tell them to stop wasting their time (which doesn’t happen by the way….).
ANYTHING that you feel you want to talk someone about is valid, no matter how small you might think it is. Maybe you feel that something in your life feels off, but you just can’t put your finger on it. You might be surprised the emotions you uncover when you dig a little deeper.
Contrary to popular belief, I do not think that going to therapy makes you weak.
In fact I think quite the opposite – going to therapy shows great strength and pro activity; you are aware of your problems and looking for an effective way to solve them and improve your life. Instead of burying your problems and pretending everything is okay when you’re really crumbling inside, you have the motivation and strength to make a change.
Therapy can improve every single aspect of your life. Below are some of the main benefits of going to therapy that you may not have considered.
Benefits of going to therapy
Increased self esteem
“Living with low self esteem is like going through life with the hand brake on”.
Sometimes we don’t even realise how much low self esteem is pushing us down and holding us back. These characteristics will help you identify if you have low self esteem or not.
Our negative limiting beliefs about ourselves mean that life is much harder than it needs to be. Low self esteem is also linked to causing anxiety and depression.
In therapy you will work to overcome these limiting beliefs and learn to be more confident, secure and have higher self worth.
Unlock your full potential
You may not have realised it, but your poor mental health has probably been holding you back in life. Going to therapy helps you achieve your goals and unlock your full potential. Not only that, but it helps you become aware of the things that are really important to you. You will identify new goals, ones that are more challenging and more exciting than you’ve ever had before.
You may be stuck in that boring job but been too afraid of change or to go after what you really wanted in life. Therapy widens your horizons and helps empower you. It breaks the chains that have been holding you back and makes you realise that you can make any change in your life that you want to.
Therapy is definitely not a quick fix to happiness. Working through my issues and being open was the most difficult and time consuming things I have ever done in my life.
But it was worth it.
You learn to overcome your recurring problems and learn to focus more on your self, which may feel quite strange at first if you’re not used to doing it! These journal prompts for self love are a good place to get started.
After a couple of months I noticed that I wouldn’t get as annoyed or stressed about small things as I would have done before. For example, someone being rude or late.
Life becomes easier and you become happier when you don’t sweat the small stuff.
get to know yourself better
We run on autopilot so much of the time doing things that we feel we have to and what is expected of us.
We find out so much about ourselves in therapy such as our likes, dislikes, and most importantly what we really want out of life. Once you do that, you can spend your life doing the things that you actually want to do, rather than wasting time on things that you think you should be doing.
improve your relationships
You will notice that you have a better quality of relationships after therapy – with your partner, family, friends and colleagues.
You will realise which relationships are important to you, and which ones…. not so much. For example, you might realise that you have been friends with someone for a long time but the friendship is no longer healthy for you.
Therapy can teach you how to argue less arguments and communicate more effectively. There might be a few intense and difficult conversations along the way, but this will ensure that your boundaries are held and negative relationship patterns don’t arise in the future.
you can say what you want without being judged
Sometimes we really want to say something, but are so anxious about being judged for our thoughts or emotions. We are afraid that someone will think badly of us if we tell them our true thoughts and feelings.
Therapy provides a safe space where you can say anything that comes into your head and you won’t be judged or ridiculed for it.
learn new techniques & skills to help you in the future
Therapy is not just to help deal with your past, it also helps provide massive value for your future. Yes, a lot of therapy is discussing your past, but this helps you identify and change unhelpful behaviours that you done in your past.
Counselling provides you with a range of skills and techniques that can help with communication, controlling your anger, and how to be compassionate. These skills improve your relationships with colleagues, friends, family and most importantly yourself.
you feel better afterwards
Every time I leave the therapist I feel so much lighter like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It’s great to feel that I am not alone, and someone actually understands what I am saying and how am feeling. Not only that but they give me advice to help deal in the future.
Not just that but also during the week when upsetting or tough situations arise, they are made so much better by the thought that I will be able to break them down and analyse them at my next therapy session. This is a lot healthier than sitting and ruminating angrily for hours on end.
You feel more engaged and alive
You start to feel more alive and present in your every day life.
Sometimes we use subconscious defense mechanisms to protect us from hurt and pain that we are not sure how else to deal with. This includes shutting down your emotions and repressing memories. Both of these can lead you to feel pretty numb inside, and life feels empty and pointless.
By working through these issues with a therapist we begin to cope in a healthier way, which leads us to feel more alive again.
Going to therapy helps you be the best version of yourself. Everyone can benefit from therapy in some way, whether they know it or not. The ones who choose to go to therapy are the ones who are aware that they can be better and want to improve their quality of life, not just for them but also the people around them.
Therapy helps cultivate A calmer mind
Do you ever find yourself thinking daily of that time a friend of partner betrayed you? Even if it was over 10 years ago? When we haven’t been able to process something properly our brain will keep thinking of it and trying to make sense of it all. Therapy helps you work through any roadblocks which means that these things will stop taking up so much of your mental effort. Once you have worked through these old negative feelings you will be able to achieve a calm and quiet mind.
I hope you enjoyed reading about all the benefits of going to therapy – if you did then pin and share!