Chances are, you have a friend, relative, or coworker who attends therapy. Perhaps you’ve even visited a therapist yourself and are considering going back to give it another try. Even if you’ve never witnessed the benefits of talk therapy first-hand, you might still have some curiosity about what it can offer. Plus, there is no better time than the New Year to try something new—especially something that can have profound benefits on your health and wellness.
One of the biggest misconceptions about therapy is that it’s only for people facing significant mental illness. However, talk therapy can have benefits for anyone. Yet, people often stay away due to factors like stigma surrounding mental illness, misconceptions about what is involved in talk therapy, and rising costs of medical care. Fortunately, there are now more options than ever when it comes to getting therapy, and sessions through online tools like MeMD are affordable even for those without insurance. In addition, therapy can help you accomplish much more than you might assume. If any of the following apply to you, it may be time to give therapy a try.
#1: You feel stuck in a rut.
If you spend a lot of time thinking about things you wish you could change or feeling helpless in your surroundings, therapy can give you some fresh perspective and purpose. In addition, your therapist can help you outline tangible, realistic goals that will allow you to get back on track.
#2: You are going through significant life changes.
Moving to a new place, starting a new job, embarking on the journey of parenthood or marriage—these are all common life changes, but they may nonetheless still be filled with uncertainty and potential anxiety. Seeing a therapist can help you stay grounded amidst big life changes and manage potential stressors in the process. Therapy can also help you get through negative, unwanted life changes, such as the loss of a loved one or the transition to menopause.
#3: You don’t feel like yourself.
Symptoms like mood swings, changes in sleep patterns, thoughts of self-harm, substance abuse, and withdrawal from social situations are all red flags for your mental health. If these are changes you’ve seen in yourself in recent weeks or months, it may be time to check in with a mental health professional to discuss possible causes for these changes in behavior and mood.
#4: You need more support than friends and family can offer.
It’s common to lean on friends, family, and loved ones for advice and guidance, but this shouldn’t be considered a substitute for therapy. Unloading your emotional baggage onto friends and family members can cause them stress and put added strain on your relationships. In addition, you might find that you aren’t able to fully delve into issues that could be troubling you. For example, it may be difficult to get unbiased relationship advice from a mother who doesn’t care for your current partner. Therapy is a solutions-based approach that can help you see things from a new perspective without judgment from the listening party.
#5: You want to practice better self-care.
If one of your goals in 2020 is to improve your self-care, then therapy should be one of your stepping stones for achieving that goal. Therapy is an introspective process that lets you effectively problem solve and maintain your mental health. Essentially, it is the baseline for proper self-care.
Are you ready to make a change with your mental health this year? MeMD offers affordable therapy sessions with licensed mental health professionals. Visit our website to speak with a therapist in as little as 24 hours.