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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. More importantly, it’s amazing that people are taking their own mental health more seriously by acknowledging that therapy is a useful tool for one’s happiness and overall well-being. 

My Story

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.  

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. 

Let Therapy Help You

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. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Go to Therapy 

Therapy is a great tool that will help with your metal health, personal development and overall well-being. If you still need some convincing, here are three reasons why you should give therapy a try. 

Therapy is a Form of Self-Care

Yes! Therapy is a form of self-care! When it comes to taking care of yourself, self-care is essential. Naturally, a lot of people think self-care is merely physical, like getting a massage, or having a good session at the gym, but it’s much more than that. Self-care involves much more than working on your exterior – physically, financially etc. you have to work within as well. We all have different needs as far as self-care is concerned. However, being able to decompress and sort through your issues and work on managing your stress, anxiety, or anger.

Therapy is a Form of Self-Love

When you commit yourself to nurturing and healing your mental well-being, you’re practicing self-love. Self-love involves complete understanding and acceptance of who you are, flaws and all. With professional help, you can learn how to be more gentle and compassionate with yourself. 

Therapy Gives You a Neutral Opinion

I know that it can seem intimidating, but being able to talk to a neutral party that’s there solely to listen can be really helpful. Sometimes, you may not want to share all of your issues with your friends and family for fear of being judged. Plus…. they’re not professionals! 

Resources

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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