Personal Growth & Development

Choose Therapy as a Form of Self-Care

It’s safe to say that therapy has been one of the hottest topics of discussion over the last few years. I remember once upon a time, if someone admitted to seeking or needing therapy, there was a negative stigma that seemed to follow them. History shows that the survival of the fittest has been the law of the land. So, society’s increased acceptance and understanding of one’s need for therapy without passing judgment is huge step in the right direction.

In the past, many people felt ashamed to admit that they used therapy as a tool to grow, overcome, and learn things about themselves. They feared being viewed as weak or unstable – I was one of them. Thankfully, that has changed. Nowadays, I’m always sharing with others that I have a therapist. Honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I have made. In my opinion, therapy is a form of self-care that everyone should try at least once in their lives.  

Why Therapy is a Form of Self-Care

A few months ago, I decided to incorporate seeing a therapist into my self-care routine. Although I had been to therapy in the past, I always waiting until something was really wrong to go (depression for example). I treated therapy as a reactive resource to my issues rather than a proactive one. During my recent journey to self-growth, I realized that being able to talk to a professional was necessary. In doing so, I’ve been able to sort through issues that I didn’t even know were there, and understand why I make certain decisions or react in a certain way. In just a few short months, I’ve learned way more about myself than I have in 30 years. 


Say Yes to Therapy

We’ve all got our own issues. Many of us have found our own special ways to cope and get over things. Even further, some of us haven’t dealt with our issues at all, we’ve just gotten used to them. I’ve got news for you – you don’t have all the answers. We all need help sometimes. Therapy can be just that. What’s wrong with getting a little insight, guidance, or just having a safe space to release. I think that we can all benefit from a little getting professional help. No good can come from keeping everything bottled up. Because a lot of times, we take out our frustrations in self-sabotaging ways or project our issues on to the ones closest to us. You’d be surprised by all the things from your past that are still affecting your present. That break-up you thought you were over, your upbringing, or that one time that you got embarrassed in grade school could still be haunting you to this day. I encourage you to embrace therapy and all the benefits it can afford you at least once. 


Feel free to check out these resources if you’re ready for some therapy!

  1. BetterHelp
  2. Talkspace
  3. Therapy for Black Girls

What are your thoughts about therapy? Let me know in the comments!


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