3 Reasons To Consider Therapy
We all know that if we want to live a healthy lifestyle we must exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet. Everywhere we look, wellness tips vary from "eat an apple a day" to "walk 10,000 steps" to "make sure you're drinking enough water".
Yes, diet and exercise are essential to our well being, but just as important, if not arguably more important, is our mental health.
Here are just a few reasons to consider therapy:
1. THERAPY CAN BOOST YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
Our mental and emotional state often affects us physically. Studies show that stress can affect our gastrointestinal system, makes us feel tired and low-energy, gives us aches and pains in our bodies, gives us headaches, and more. By going to therapy we can improve our mental and emotional state, and directly reduce our physical symptoms associated with any negativity we're holding onto. Consider that we maintain our teeth by going to the dentist, and we shape up by going to the gym and working with trainers, so why are so reluctant to see a therapist and take care of our minds?
2. YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC
Whether COVID19 has taken a loved one from you or not, it is no secret that the last few months have impacted us all. The simple pleasures of being around friends and family has been taken from us. Comforting hugs are now dangerous, and not to be petty but we can't even go to TJ-Maxx and enjoy smelling candles without removing our face masks and exposing ourselves. The point is that life hasn't been the same for a while and it's only natural that the isolation of quarantine has taken its toll. Our emotions are inevitably heightened and likely more unmanageable making therapy that much more of a necessity during these uncertain times.
3. TALKING TO A FRIEND IS NOT THE SAME AS TALKING TO A THERAPIST
Consider yourself a lucky person if you have a friend or family member you can talk to about your troubles, but keep in mind that these chats, as comforting as they may be, do not replace the need for a licensed professional. A therapist does more than talk about your feelings. We help you get to the bottom of your trauma and provide treatment plans to improve your mental health while actively monitoring and measuring your progress.
"If you are curious about therapy but are feeling shy, note that there is no commitment. We can meet for one online appointment, see if we're a good fit, and take it from there. My aim is to help you find joy, stress less, and ultimately live a healthier lifestyle. Contact me for information about my services. I think you'll be glad you did!"
- Cynthia Branch
Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Mental Health Provider