Throughout our life, we all face a number of problems and find ways to handle them. We learn certain ways of behaving and responding to the situations we face in order to cope with the stress they produce. As long as these coping methods are healthy, it’s easy to deal with situations. However, more often than not, many of us get caught in a vicious cycle of unhealthy behaviour and thought patterns that could worsen our situation and could be the cause of developing further problems.
Therapy can help you handle emotions, behaviours, and thoughts that may arise due to problems or stressors, even if they aren’t life-altering or traumatic. Contrary to what people believe, therapy does not mean seeking advice from a counsellor on how to solve your problems. Instead, it deals more with making us aware of ourselves, our thought process, emotions, and behaviours.
Therapy is a powerful tool that can be very helpful in a number of ways.
1. Although you may have a good support system of friends and family that you can vent your feelings to, mostly the conversation will get steered away from you and your problems. You need a place where you can talk about yourself without getting distracted or feeling guilty about doing so. Similarly, sometimes you may not have people around you whom you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and problems with.
2. It can help you learn a number of relaxation and mindfulness techniques as well as self-care exercises that can help you manage issues such as anxiety and low self-esteem. These exercises typically help improve quality of life.
3. Is a safe space for you to talk about something from your past that affected you to a great extent and helps you deal with issues that may have risen as a result of past experience.
4. Helps you identify negative thought and behaviour patterns that may be affecting your relationships and help you change these thoughts and behaviours into positive and healthy ones.
5.It can help you be more aware of who you are as a person and also help regulate your emotions better.
The above-mentioned points are just a few of the many wide benefits of therapy. It is not just something for people who need help with something but also for those who want to know who they are. Therapy is useful for everyone.