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  • Writer's pictureFolakemi Fregene

Why Prioritizing Mental Health & Therapy Is Important

Mental health is important. And it’s important to have discussions like this. Prioritizing mental health has many benefits. Working with a psychologist, therapy, or guidance counselor in a therapeutic relationship gives anyone an opportunity to reflect on themselves and explore their own thoughts and actions. Therapy is a positive way to deal with trauma, pain, or any issue you have in life so you can become a healthier, happier, more peaceful person. When you develop coping skills, learn how to let go of negativity, set boundaries, or deal with certain situations in a positive manner, you can finally start living that full life you’ve always pictured. Therapy can also help with mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, obsessions, eating disorders, and more. Therapy can teach you how to deal with divorce, manage grief, or build healthy relationships (romantic or even those with family or friends). If there’s anything in life that you’re struggling with, or if any situations or relationships are starting to interfere in your daily functioning, it might be time to start thinking about therapy.

Therapy can help you process many common, yet difficult things in life, including:

Wanting to better yourself or your life

Managing your anxiety or depression

Feeling like you’re overwhelmed

Dealing with a serious life change or transition

Navigating relationship issues

Getting through a crisis

Learning how to deal with aggressive people

Learning how to manage anger issues

Having difficulty concentrating

Working through difficult or stressful family dynamics

Overcoming or managing substance abuse and addiction

Learning how to deal with difficult or toxic people

Drinking too much or doing drugs

Eating disorders

Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

Therapy can help:

Improve communication skills — Therapy can help you learn how to have healthy, productive, positive communication skills. Being able to effectively communicate means you can successfully navigate virtually all areas of your life. Whether you tend to shy away from confrontation, get angry too quickly, or feel anxiety when having a direct conversation, therapy can help you gain the skills you need to feel confident any time you’re communicating with others.

Learn to resolve conflict — If you find it challenging to successfully handle any type of conflict in your life, therapy can be beneficial. You can learn how to set healthy relationship boundaries, be direct with your needs, and confidently ask for things that you hope to get out of relationships and situations. Conflict resolution is an important skill for anyone to learn, and the stronger you become, the better you’ll be able to deal with many other aspects of your life.

Treat mental health conditions — Therapy can be effective in treating a number of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and more. Putting your mental health first and getting the help you need is a sign of strength and something to be proud of.

Collaborate with your family — Therapy can be very useful in overcoming internal family struggles. With both individual and group therapy options, a therapist can help mend bridges and develop healthy communication strategies that can help families to overcome trauma, grief, addiction issues, and more. Whether you get individual therapy or seek family therapy, you are sure to see some improvements within your familial relationships.

Develop coping skills and strategies — Having a plan of action is key if you want to face any of your struggles head-on. Therapy teaches you how to develop strong coping skills and strategies. Armed with these coping skills, you’ll be able to offset things that are holding you back in your life. When you know how to positively and productively work through issues and problems, you’ll be able to grow and overcome just about anything that tries to stand in your way.

Learn to find healthy, positive support — Having the right support to get through those tough periods in life can be a game-changer. If you have a difficult time finding a strong support system, you hate asking for help, or you tend to attract toxic relationships that don’t add value to your life, therapy might be able to help. During treatment, you can focus on changing the behaviors and thought patterns you currently exhibit, which are likely contributing to any difficulties you’re having.

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