In today’s hyper-masculine world, there are many people who believe that talk therapy is for the weak. This belief has spread out into our society and created a massive crater between people in need and the help that they deserve.
Many adults today grew up with the thought that internal issues shouldn’t ever be talked about. We were told to sweep things under the rug and move on. But this is the worst thing a person could do for themselves.
You can’t stomp on your emotions and expect the pain and abuse you’ve dealt with in the past to go away.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not it’s right for you, read on to learn the most significant benefits of therapy.
One of the biggest talk-therapy benefits is that the effects are there for the long haul. When you’re in talk therapy, you aren’t working through things exclusively, you’re also learning different tools to help you deal with your future issues as well.
As you learn these tools, you can use this knowledge to shape the way you think about, talk about, and express feelings towards your inner life long after you end treatment. When you talk to a therapist, you internalize. Eventually, those internalizations will turn into self-therapy as well.
Treats Physical Symptoms
Psychological trauma triggers physical symptoms. Anxiety, depression, and stress all have significant and occasionally debilitating physical effects. When you go to therapy, you can help these issues disappear.
There have been some studies that show how effective talk therapy is at dealing with the physical side of mental health. When you don’t express your feelings, your body will react. It’s a barometer for what’s going on inside, and when it senses danger you’ll deal with stomach aches, headaches, sleep issues, and ulcers.
Handle Repressed Feelings
Even if you think you have moved past something without talking about it, the odds are it’s going to come back. And when it does, it’s going to be bigger and uglier than ever.
One of the most serious problems associated with not talking about things is what happens when trauma piles up. It explodes.
These feelings tend to linger and fester. And, one day, when someone makes a small, innocuous comment, you’re liable to explode. Even if this doesn’t equate to a full-on breakdown, it can still create negative thought patterns that can interrupt every aspect of your life.
This includes the relationship you have with your spouse, your kids, your parent’s your coworkers, and yourself. It’s important that you learn how to deal with your feelings in order to change how you deal with them in a lot of different ways.
When you work through your anger, you actually make steps at processing it. When you’ve got less anger to process, it doesn’t seep out of you in passive-aggressive waves.
We often express our angry feelings in a more passive-aggressive way rather than directly and less aggressively. When we feel slighted, we’re inclined to make a sarcastic remark or not show up on time.
When you lose the passive-aggressive behavior, everyone will feel better.
When you enter talk therapy, you start to learn other people as well as yourself. We tend to hold on to negative thoughts without processing them, and this just carves them into us and changes the lens with which we see the world.
This causes us to make a lot of assumptions about other people, and most of the time these just aren’t true. We see intent where there isn’t any, and that’s a hard path to recover from.
When we get a reality check and lose the clutter in our minds, it’s much easier to correctly understand other people’s intention and motivation. This leads to much happier, healthier relationships.
Deal With the Unexpected
You are going to come across issues in your life. Some of these are expected, sure, but the worst ones probably won’t be. You need to know how to deal with them in a healthy way.
Conflict is a natural part of life and it’s helpful to understand your feelings about it. If you’re mad at your boss for giving you too much work before you go away, you’re going to resent them, and that packs on a conflict. But when you take time to reflect what’s going on both in- and outside, you can resolve that conflict better.
When we talk through things with other people, we can reflect on what feelings we felt and why. We can understand ourselves better and think more clearly about how to respond in proactive ways in the future.
When we learn how not to get swallowed up by what happens to us, and instead form a game plan to deal with those things, we discover the key to a peaceful life despite the conflict. That takes practice.
Talking Gives Direction
Have you ever tried to turn a problem around in your head? Most of the time, you get absolutely nowhere. It’s easy to feel minimized by an issue when you’re dealing with it in your head. It doesn’t have a shape, it’s just a big, scary nothing that swallows you up.
But when you talk about it with someone else, it gives it shape. It takes form. It has a beginning, a middle, and, most importantly, an end.
When you use talk therapy, you become more aware of what is making you feel anxious, angry, sad, or frustrated. Then you can decide how to deal with those feelings.
Even if therapy isn’t something you decide to try, just talk with a friend. This can be just as helpful. Tell them what the issue is and you will see it more clearly and more logically. And because of that, it will be more manageable.
No More Self Medication
So often people who self-medicate do so in order to deal with psychological stuff. But when we do that, it just masks the issue, it doesn’t fix it.
In fact, it creates an additional problem as well. Because then there’s an addiction cycle that needs to be broken. When you get to the bottom of your past, you can get rid of the need to self-medicate.
The Many Benefits of Therapy
These are just a few of the many benefits of therapy. In reality, there are way too many positive things that happen inside and outside of us when we start talk therapy. But one thing is for absolute certain, there is nothing “wussy” about therapy.
If you are interested in therapy for yourself, just know you’re not alone. When you’re ready, visit our blog for more information.