Since the first lockdowns began in March of 2020, the mental health in this country has been tenuous. None of us need to wonder why people are struggling during this time. With uninformed hysteria that pervaded the initial weeks after COVID-19 began spreading and the isolation that came next, mental health issues have been exacerbated.
Alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, and anxiety have increased. People have lost their jobs and businesses. Some have lost loved ones. It doesn’t matter who you are, therapy will help you focus on your happiness and work through your past. Below are a few reasons to start therapy!
Talk to Someone
Simply put, one of the biggest reasons to start therapy is to talk to someone who isn’t a friend or family member. Not only will your therapist provide an objective perspective, but they are also a professional who will listen to you without judgment. Every therapist is different, but a good one offers you a safe space to say anything you need to say.
You won’t have to worry about the information spreading if you don’t want it to come out to your loved ones. Everyone needs somebody to talk to. A therapist is a professional, objective person who can listen and provide new ways to think about your life and work through your past.
Most people are struggling with anxiety, depression, panic, OCD, or something else. You might not understand what is making you feel a certain way. When you talk to a professional therapist, they will be able to explain to you when you’re experiencing anxiety and an increased heart rate or depression and lack of energy. Sometimes these mental health issues translate into strange symptoms.
Talking to your therapist about the feelings you don’t understand can provide insight into what you’re going through. Only psychiatrists are the ones who can prescribe medications, a therapist will show you what’s going on and even refer you to a psychiatrist to get the medication you need.
You’re probably wondering, how much does therapy cost? These days, it is quite affordable. A lot of therapists take insurance. There are online services that are reasonably priced. Whatever your budget, you can afford to see a therapist once in a while. If you can’t afford to go every week, your mental health is very important. Taking care of your mind is as pivotal as eating good food and exercising frequently. Your body and mind, after all, are connected. While therapy used to be expensive, now it is quite affordable.
Therapy will help you improve your relationships. A therapist will walk you through how your relationships affect you on a daily basis. Who is good for you? Who is not? Are you doing too much for people? Are you not receiving enough love, affection, and support? Every relationship is different and, overall, relationships are difficult to manage. Few last forever and upkeep is essential to making them last.
Whether you want to improve your relationship with your spouse, your parents, siblings, friends, or whoever else you’re having trouble with, therapy can help you cultivate better, more loving, and long-lasting relationships.
Work through Your Past
We all have trauma, regrets, and past events that have shaped us in ways that are difficult to understand. Your childhood is incredibly definitive. It molds the rest of your life. Your behavior is changed by it. Therapy will provide a method for you to work through your past and get a handle on all the things that have happened to you.
Whether you know what in your past is causing you pain or not, working through it with a professional therapist is an unquantifiable benefit.
The stigma around therapy needs to come to an end. Slowly but surely Americans are realizing that therapy is a tool to be used. Focusing on your mental and emotional well-being is pivotal. It should be a part of your weekly routine. You probably exercise a few times a week, why would you not take the time to heal yourself and work on your problems?
It doesn’t matter what kind of life you’ve had or how you perceive your problems, everyone can benefit from seeing a therapist regularly and diving into your personal issues.
Ryan Beitler is a journalist, writer, and blogger who has written about mental health for dozens of publications.