Mental health is a growing issue around the world, but thankfully there has been more attention placed on it as the years go on. It’s estimated that around 20 percent of adults in the United States actually receive mental health treatment, while the vast majority, unfortunately, ignore their mental health. Even if you find yourself in a good mental state, therapy can go a long way in improving your life further.
Though it’s not the cheapest form of mental health treatment, therapy is a way to be heard while also getting advice on how to make your life better. There are a ton of different ways in which therapy can help you succeed in life, and here are the five most important ways.
Improve Communication Skills
Communication is a hugely important skill to fine-tune and use for a multitude of reasons. Oftentimes, emotionally charged situations can be de-escalated by using proper communication skills.
These techniques are used and taught in therapy, allowing you to become familiar with them and use them in your personal life outside of therapy. Once your communication skills improve, you’ll have an easier time conveying yourself to the people in your life.
Setting Healthy Boundaries
Another helpful and vital tool therapy teaches is setting and enforcing strong personal boundaries. You can place boundaries of varying degrees in all situations and environments you find yourself in. Whether you’re setting boundaries for fellow employees in the workplace, family, friends, or even your therapist.
Boundaries allow you to express the kind of specific behaviors, topics, closeness, etc., you approve of, or disapprove of when others are around you. It’s just as important to respect others’ boundaries as it is for them to respect yours. Communicating those specific wants and needs to the people in your life is key.
Improve Self Esteem and Confidence
If you’re not feeling worthy and confident, it shows up in all aspects of your daily life. Working with your therapist to build yourself up mentally and emotionally is the foundation for improving your life and mental health. Your therapist can teach you ways to improve your self-esteem, self-love, and confidence, and see yourself in a better light.
It’s never easy taking the steps to love yourself, especially when your mental illness tells you to believe otherwise. With guidance, practicing techniques, and the proper motivation, you’ll see a difference in how you think and feel about yourself.
Learning Coping Skills To Manage Symptoms and Stress
Stress, big or small, is a relatively common occurrence in all of our lives. A lot of people tend to instinctively run to unhealthy and quick fixes to give them the comfort they desperately seek. Using therapy to learn the healthy, long term, coping mechanisms can help to keep your emotions regulated when facing distress.
Controlling your breathing to stay calm and collected is a helpful way to keep your mind clear. Grounding is another helpful technique. Grounding methods allow you to focus on the present moment and keep anxious distractions at bay. Your therapist will advise you to practice these methods when you suffer from the symptoms of mental illness and the stress and anxiety of daily life.
Heal Past Trauma and Close Wounds
Your past doesn’t define you, but it can be responsible for driving your emotional responses in present situations. With the use of therapy, you can learn how your past trauma affects you in the present. It can provide you with newfound insights and self-awareness.
Therefore, helping you work on improving the way you handle your emotions and unraveling the reasons behind mental illness and how to work through it. Coping with past trauma and getting to a point of healing is not an easy, or short process, however, it is crucial and therapy is the best way to get you there.