Throughout life, we experience ups and downs. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are, you won’t always feel completely happy or sane, and that’s okay because then you will have those days when you’re feeling like you can take on the world. No matter what though, it is important to have someone to talk to about what is going on in your life... even when the things that are occurring are good things.
Therapy can have a negative connotation tied to it. I’m not sure if it’s because it holds the idea that something is wrong in life or because people fear it’s a sign of weakness. Not everyone who sees a therapist is harboring darkness in them. In fact, it rarely does.
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Seeing a therapist or simply having one a phone call away, can be spectacular for your mental health for many reasons, starting with the fact that they are a listening ear. It is important to have someone in your life that will listen to what you have to say and respond back to it. Now I don’t mean your roommates or your significant other who you come home to every day. Trust me, I have a feeling they aren’t always listening, especially after their hard day at work too. By having a therapist, you are opening the doors to having a positive listener in your life who you can spill anything to and be free of judgment, as well as give the others in your life a break.
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While having your therapist on speed dial when you’re going through something traumatic in your life or simply having a rough day is important, it is also very necessary to have someone to talk to about all the good things. I find this very fulfilling in my life because it not only helps me realize all the blessings bestowed on me, but it pushes me to work hard and create a positive outlook on life. By simply having someone ask me what’s going well in my life, my perspective has changed completely. It gives the option to focus on those portions of my days, rather than the small negative parts.
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Lastly, your therapist has an unbiased opinion... We ALL need some of that in our lives. Think about therapists as a friend who doesn’t know anyone else in your life, but somehow gives you the perfect helping hand on how to deal with situations you may find yourself in. I for one love this aspect because sometimes I find it very difficult to rant to my friends or even listen to my friends' rants because we all know the same people, meaning my opinion is relevant and will most likely be strong about the situation as well.
I can’t reiterate it enough, seeing a therapist is just about as far from a negative thing as you can get. No matter how strong you are, it’s always okay to want someone to talk to that listens, is there for you, and doesn’t have a biased opinion but simply sees the situation at hand with nothing but facts. So if you have ever thought about seeing a therapist, give it a try, and if you haven’t, who knows, maybe you will now.