There is a lot of talk these days about therapy, and therapy itself is more accessible than ever, especially with the increased use of Zoom (thanks, COVID). And while talk therapy is a no-brainer to some, there are a lot of people that remain very much on the fence about it, and we totally get it. Therapy can be hard, and therapy can be scary, but there is a lot of good that can come out of therapy too. Today we’re going to be looking at just a few of the many rewarding benefits of attending therapy.
Life-Long Coping Skills
What you learn about yourself in therapy and the skills you take from it, you have for the rest of your life. These coping skills will look different from person to person, but therapists are educated and trained to foster how you handle certain situations based on your personal strengths. Think of it like this: you already have everything you need, a therapist is just going to teach you how to do it.
Your Physical Symptoms Get Treated Too
If you’re the type of person that would rather suppress their feelings than talk about them, odds are you suffer some physical signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, etc. perhaps in the form of headaches or stomachaches, which is just your body ultimately reacting to those feelings you’re trying to bury, but by attending therapy and getting to the root of your problems, you’ll start to see these physical symptoms fade.
The Way You Interact With People Will Change (For the Better)
Whether you hate confrontation so much that it keeps you from setting boundaries or you never go down without a fight, therapy can help you balance out your feelings and teach you to communicate in a way that is effective and in a way that encourages positive relationships all-around.
Future You Will Thank Present You
All your life you’re going to be faced with problems, some big, some small, the trick is formulating an effective game plan to tackle these problems instead of coping with them in a very unhealthy way. And that is exactly what therapy is there for, to teach you the very best way(s) you can work through the problems life throws at you.
You Learn That You Are Not Alone
This is a big one. No matter what you’re facing or what it feels like you’re up against, therapy is a tried and true support system that you get to visit every week. No matter how it feels, you know that someone is in your corner. If you feel so inclined, your therapist will also have a number of resources available to you and among them will probably exist a support group you have the option of joining. We aren’t saying misery loves company, we’re just saying there is a lot of comfort in knowing you aren’t the only one going through a particular life event.