For years, therapy has been stigmatized as an option for “the weak” or the “severely mental cases” causing many to be afraid of talking about their emotions, not realizing they are hurting themselves.
The COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine has made many face their repressed emotions and hidden dark thoughts causing depression and anxiety for some. Dealing with emotions and seeking help might seem scary but here are the few many benefits of going to therapy
1. Reduces physical symptoms
According to psychcentral.com, going to therapy can help reduce physical stress such as migraines and digestive troubles. It can help improve sleep and decrease the risk of having a stroke, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
2. Healing from years of trauma and confusion
Therapy explores the patterns of negative thinking caused by a traumatic event or dissatisfaction in your life. It is one of the most difficult tasks as negative thoughts and patterns become deeply embedded in people’s personal lives. When clients are about to tackle these patterns, they are able to discover their origins and establish change.
3. Healthy coping mechanisms
With the large amount of uncertainty in today’s world it is hard to maintain a healthy, positive way of thinking. By attending therapy, you learn new ways to cope with the obstacles you will face without being overwhelmed.
4. Setting goals
Your therapist will help you set goals for yourself and keep you accountable for reaching them. According to betterhelp.com, by achieving goals it will help your self-esteem as it reinforces that you are capable of success.
5. Better relationships
Not only will you be able to have better relationships with friends and family members but with yourself as well. By learning positivity and maintaining a healthy mindset you will be able to become better and help you interact with others. This benefit will take time but it is worth it.
Therapy will help you realize that your feelings are valid and you are not alone. If you or a friend are ready to take the next step into seeking therapy contact the Counseling Center at 717-477-1481 to schedule an appointment.
Editor’s note: The Slate nor its writers are not medical professionals. Contact your health care providers to aid in making health-related decisions.