WHY YOU SHOULD SEEK HELP BEFORE BREAKING POINT
A common myth we hear more and more is that we have to be at breaking point to see a psychologist, but this is anything but true. In fact, most psychologists recommend seeking support when we start to experience even the smallest of symptoms. This could be feeling overwhelmed, increasingly irritable, out of balance, or struggling to handle everyday situations.
Just because we aren’t at breaking point, 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. depression, trauma, or addiction); it’s also for those who are looking for support, who want to improve their overall well-being, or who are navigating through a difficult life event (which can look like a break up, the loss of a loved one, work-related stress, or difficulty settling into a new home).
Therapy can help us develop skills to better manage our response when events like this arise.
4 advantages of psychology
1. It lets us reflect
Taking the time to speak to a psychologist provides a great space for us to reflect on where we’re at in our lives. It helps us ask the right questions such as “are we getting to where we want to go? Are we getting the most out of ourselves or what we want in life?”
2. It helps us build self awareness and personal skills
Having a professional sounding board gives us the opportunity to evaluate our current state and help us gain the skills to better understand ourselves. Having a clear insight into ourselves gives us the power to make decisions for our own growth, be it personally or professionally.
It also sheds light on our relationship to ourselves and others. It helps us notice things like where our self-esteem is at, what kind of self-talk we have, whether we have healthy routines, and whether we’re sailing in the direction we want to go. All of this gives us insight we may not have had before.
3. It improves our 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 simply life in general. The quality of our lives and energy greatly correlates to our quality of sleep. We don’t need to be at a stage where we have insomnia or struggle to fall asleep every night, but having a space to outlay all our cluttering thoughts, questions and concerns can greatly improve our sleep.
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4. It’s a form of self care
Supporting ourselves, wherever we may be 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 we want. Regardless of what we may be struggling with, taking care of our 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’re 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 well-being. We can’t do it all on our own and having that support is a great starting point to getting back on track.
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