3 Reasons to Start Seeing a Therapist
By: Jenna Davidson
When was the last time you were real with someone? Like spill your guts real? Like “Ouch my heart hurts” real? Like “If I don’t tell someone I’m hurting, I’m going to combust” real?
That type of honesty is difficult when talking to friends or family. It’s scary. It’s painful. It can harm a relationship…
So wouldn’t it be easier (and healthier) to talk to an outsider? Someone who can offer some objectivity, advice and freedom?
HERE’S WHEN TO START SEEING A THERAPIST:
WHEN YOU’VE STOPPED GROWING
They always say “Never stop learning!” But why? Learning equals growth and vice versa. It can look like: Studying for school or a certification, finding out what makes you tick or simply reading something cool. There’s no right or wrong here. When you struggled through any adversity, what did you learn? If you feel like you’ve stopped growing as a person, maybe it’s time to talk to someone! Get some ideas on how to decipher your past, how to focus on the present moment and what to work on next.
WHEN YOU’RE BODY SHAMING
On a daily basis, how often do you talk badly about your appearance? Actually count the number of times you think hurtful thoughts in a 24-hour span. The point is to keep track and be mindful of what you think of yourself. Your body reads mean thoughts as stress. Now, if you’re working toward a healthy lifestyle (that includes nutrition, fitness, good sleep, etc), you know how detrimental stress can be! Talk to someone about why you’re down on yourself and maybe even where it’s coming from and you’ll feel some relief.
WHEN YOU FEEL ALONE
Taking some “me” time and feeling alone are two very different things. It’s okay to want to be alone sometimes. Everyone needs to recharge and focus on themselves. But if you’re finding yourself feeling lonely, that’s another story. Again, talking things out with someone can get you out of your head and out of your own way. It may take some time to be vulnerable, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
The moral of the story? You’re not weak for asking for help. You’re not unsafe by reaching out to talk with someone. You’re not lost if you don’t know what to do next. You’re not cowardly if you need therapy.
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