This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
Mental health is critically important for a healthy and happy life. Luckily, due to increased awareness of the importance of mental health, many people are caring for their mental health more than ever. This has broken the taboo around counseling and therapy, finally showing the importance of these professions.
For many, counseling is a crucial healing tool that has helped them achieve peak mental health and navigate their distressing situations or past events. In fact, about 75% of people who try therapy or counseling experience some benefits. So if you have any difficulties in your life or are struggling with your mental health, you should consider seeking a counselor. Below are five ways that counseling can change your life.
Teach You To Cope With Stress
The primary reason people try counseling is that they are encountering a situation that is causing them some form of stress. They seek out a therapist to help them with the problem as they don’t yet have the strategies to handle the resulting stress by themselves.
Counselors ultimately help their clients handle their situations and cope with the stress or other resulting emotions. The strategies they introduce can help with all areas of your life, no matter what situation brought you to counseling. With methods like mindfulness, positive thinking, deep breathing, and self-care, the quality of your life can improve immensely. A counselor can teach you these strategies to reduce stress and build up your resilience to handle similar situations in the future.
Treat Your Mental Illnesses
Talking with a counselor is immensely beneficial if you live with a mental illness. Depending on the condition and its severity, it can cause significant distress and emotional pain. A counselor, or similar professional, will have the knowledge, tools, and treatment options to help you treat the condition or cope with it.
They can also provide emotional support as you navigate the new realities of your diagnosis. This is especially helpful for conditions that cannot be cured or treated easily. They provide guidance and strategies to reduce the adverse effects that this condition may have on other areas of your life.
Improve Your Relationship
Though many couples wait until they are about to break up to seek a counselor, the truth is that a counselor can help with relationships at any step of the way. Either you and your partner can wait until there is a significant problem that you are struggling to work through, or you can seek counseling early on in the relationship to ensure your more minor issues don’t become more significant issues.
If you wish to improve your relationship, you can either partake in couples counseling or individual counseling. Couples counseling is beneficial because the counselor can hear both sides of the situation, come up with a compromise, and help you two work through the situation together. However, if this isn’t possible, discussing your problems with a therapist alone can still help you find ways to improve your part in the relationship.
Help You Discover Yourself
Many people seek the help of a counselor simply because they feel lost in life. Maybe they don’t like the direction they are going or just don’t know what they want. If this is the case for you, a counselor can help you with self-exploration so you can discover who you are.
This can have tremendous implications for other areas of your life. For example, you can finally pursue a career that fits your desires rather than societal or family expectations. You can finally partake in hobbies that bring you joy rather than doing things just to please others. You can also enjoy the inner peace that comes with knowing yourself and being able to make decisions that come from your soul rather than habit or expectations. Soul searching is one of the most rewarding aspects of counseling and therefore is a great reason to try it.
Provides A Safe Space To Explore And Heal Emotions
Sometimes emotions can be overwhelming, and it’s not always clear how you should process or heal them. If you consistently experience overwhelming emotions or are dealing with a challenging situation, a counselor will be able to help you cope and find strategies to help you heal.
On a similar note, counseling also provides a safe space to explore your past. In fact, most of your thoughts and emotions may stem from adverse or traumatic events that occurred in childhood or the distant past. Your counselor will help you question your thoughts and replace them with healthier, more positive, and more empowering beliefs.
As you can see, counseling can help with numerous areas of your life, creating significant improvements and life changes. Therefore, if you are struggling in any way, you should seek a counselor for some help and treatment options. For more information about counseling and how it can help you, you can find more resources at the link below: