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WHY YOU SHOULD SEEK HELP BEFORE BREAKING POINT

A common myth we come across is that you have to be at breaking point to see a psychologist

We can confidently say that this is anything but true and most psychologists would recommend seeking support when you start to experience even the smallest of symptoms. This could be feelings overwhelmed, increased irritability, handling everyday situations or an intuitive feeling that you’re out of balance.

Just because you don’t feel like you are at breaking point, it doesn’t mean speaking with someone won’t help. Seeing a psychologist isn’t just for those who are experiencing extreme mental health concerns e.g. severe mood disorders. There are many different reasons as to why someone needs or looks for support. 

It could be as simple as wanting to improve your overall wellbeing or navigating through a difficult life event e.g. a break up, losing a family member, work-related stress, difficulty settling into a new home, etc. A psychologist can help prepare or work together to develop skills to better manage your response when events like this arise. 

What are some of the benefits to seeing a psychologist?

A Time to Reflect

Carving out the time for yourself to speak to a psychologist provides a great space for you to reflect on where you are at in your life. It helps you to ask the right questions such as are you getting to where you want to go or are you getting the most out of yourself or what you want in life?

Builds self awareness and personal skills

Having a professional sounding board gives you the opportunity to evaluate your current state and help you gain the skills to understand yourself better. Having a clear insight into yourself gives you the power to make decisions for your own growth, be it personally or professionally.

It also sheds light on your relationship to yourself and others. Pointing out things like where your self esteem is at or what kind of self talk you have. Or what are your routines like? Are they healthy? Do they benefit you? Are they taking you in the direction you want to go?  All of this gives us insight we may not have had before. 

Improves sleep

Quality of sleep is another big reason people seek professional help. Our sleep can be disrupted due to bad habits, inconsistent routines, stress, anxiety, grief and life in general. The quality of our lives and energy greatly correlates to our quality of sleep. You don’t need to be at a stage where you have insomnia or struggle to fall asleep in bed at night, but having a space to outlay all your cluttering thoughts, questions and concerns can greatly improve your sleep.

Read more: Having trouble sleeping? You are not alone!

It’s a form of self care

Supporting yourself, wherever you are at, with the help of a psychologist is a form of self care. Prioritising our needs isn’t something that always comes naturally to us. In some areas we may be really good at knowing what we want and communicating it, but other times we can struggle to speak up or truly know what it is we want. Maybe you are feeling disconnected at work or in a relationship, regardless of what it is, taking care of your mental health should be a priority and speaking with a professional can help.

At the end of the day, most of us want to feel like we are on top of life. The help of a psychologist can bring balance to our routines and harmony to our lives. We want to connect with ourselves and others, to excel at what we do, have clear and achievable goals and overall, a general feeling of happiness and wellbeing. We can’t do it all on our own and having the support around you is a great starting point to getting back on track.

Read more: What to expect from your first ever appointment with a psychologist.

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