3 Life-Changing Benefits Of Therapy
Therapy is no longer for people who are “damaged.” It’s for everyone who needs a little help to navigate the curve balls that life throws at us.
Here are three life-changing benefits of therapy.
1. Talking about your feelings helps
A study by UCLA psychologists revealed why verbalizing our feelings makes our sadness, anger and pain less intense.
“In the same way you hit the brake when you're driving when you see a yellow light, when you put feelings into words, you seem to be hitting the brakes on your emotional responses. As a result, an individual may feel less angry or less sad,” said the study.
Therapy can help you achieve this, because it involves talking about your feelings in a safe and secure environment, one where you are not judged and can feel free to express anything you want.
As a result of therapy, you will feel less out-of-control and more capable in handling your emotional responses to everyday triggers and stressors.
2. Learn problem-solving techniques and skills to cope better
When stress or grief hits, such as when you lose your job, or a loved one, we’re not usually geared to deal with it on our own.
Even turning to friends and family is not a solution, because they don’t have professional training and might be facing their own hardships.
A trained professional can teach you problem-solving techniques and help you overcome anxiety, depression and addiction. They can help you navigate the stages of grief until you reach a peaceful place.
Therapy can help you develop coping skills and boost your emotional wellness, so that, over a period of time, you can learn to handle life’s pitfalls on your own.
3. Make better life choices
Therapy is useful, not only in times of distress, but also in helping you make better decisions in life.
If you find that you tend to make life decisions or choices impulsively, and end up in relationships that are harmful, or find yourself making poor career decisions, therapy can help you make better choices.
From choosing whom to marry to deciding on the career that’s right for you, a trained therapist can help you make the best choice for the right reasons.
When you need someone who can look at you and your life objectively and dispassionately, and without prejudice, therapy is the best option for you.
Reaching your full potential requires that you should be at your best, and not in a stressed-out state of mind when making life decisions.
If you are experiencing a stressful situation, it is better to get professional help so you can work on it and take action promptly.
The earlier you get into therapy, the faster your life changes. You’ll better off in the long run and able to tackle anything that life throws at you!