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What do you think about when you hear the word “therapy”? Even in this modern world, not every perception about therapy is positive, since it’s usually linked to taboo topics like mental illness and depression.
But the truth is, there is nothing to feel embarrassed about in getting help. Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t feel ashamed about getting therapy.
5. The stigma that therapy is an embarrassment is NOT true
People easily associate therapy to something negative or that it automatically means you are struggling with mental illness. However, therapy is open to anyone and everyone, no matter what they’re going through! It won’t hurt to be able to talk to someone about your feelings and the things you’re thinking about. Seeking help from someone else does not mean you’re weak, and instead a healthy way for you to care for yourself. It’s okay to not be okay.
4. Therapy allows you to talk to a professional, who can be a big help
Do you know that feeling of knowing someone’s there to listen to you and all your concerns without any judgment? That’s exactly what a therapist gives you. Therapy sessions serve as a safe space between you and your therapist, where you can share all of your problems. He or she will be able to give you some advice along the way with regards to how to cope and what you can do to have a better mindset.
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3. Therapy allows you to organize and come to terms with your feelings and thoughts
Some people find it hard to organize their thoughts since they’re thinking about so much all at the same time. And for some, that can be overwhelming. Going to therapy can help you calm your mind and take a step back from everything for a bit to recollect yourself and your feelings.
2. Therapy allows you to talk about things that are usually treated as taboo in the society
“Just snap out of it” or “maarte lang ‘yan” are just some of the common phrases thrown at people who struggle with mental health issues, or try to talk about what they really feel. However, what others don’t realize is that they’re actually making the situation worse by saying these things as it shows ignorance towards the emotions of the other person. If you find yourself in this scenario, therapy might be your answer! Treat it as a way for you to set your feelings free without hesitation and judgment.
1. Therapy helps you see the good things in life
It’s not easy to see the good happening in our lives when we’re struggling internally. Therapy sessions may help you see what you’re going through from an outside party, which can allow you to look at life from a different perspective. A therapist can give you ways to see the good despite all the bad happening around you and inside your head.
I hope this article motivates you to get therapy if you need it! It is and will never be shameful to ask for help, especially when it results to you having a more positive outlook on life and everything around you.