Counselling is often the first and usually one of the best weapons we have against a whole range of issues like depression and anxiety. You could be doing everything right, leading a normal life, exercising and getting all the nutrients you need in your diet, but nothing can quite replace the benefits you get from real human interaction – it’s a genuinely unique source of support.
Having someone to talk to, who is there specifically to listen to you talk about your emotions/feelings, can prove to be invaluable to improving your mental health. For many people talking to family and friends about their difficulties can be a barrier to openly and honestly discuss their issues. Many people feel more comfortable talking to an impartial party. A counsellor is essentially a stranger that will listen to you without judgement. Counsellors are used to talking about any subject and you need not feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about your concerns or issues.
Speaking aloud and verbalising your thoughts and emotions can help you to see them from a new perspective. Saying them to another person give you an opportunity to hear a reflection which means you can gain new ways of thinking about your problems. Additionally, for some people keeping a Journal can help them to view their problems differently.
Similarly, letting things out that you’ve been keeping inside can be such a release They often feel like a weight off has been lifted and allows people to begin to let go of feelings they’ve been holding on to.
People are so busy nowadays and our attention is pulled in every way possible from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep. This means we can rarely afford the time to sit and process our feelings. Counselling offers you 50 minutes to dedicate some time to yourself and your thoughts. It is a safe and peaceful environment which is free from distractions.
Problems in relationships can become deeply entrenched if a couple is unable to openly discuss issues and move past them. Taking the time to talk through such issues with a neutral third party means both sides can air their views whilst someone is there to mediate between them and help them both to see arguments from the other’s perspective.
Often people feel unable to share their feelings and issues with the people in their life, and quite often with those closest to them. Having someone who is impartial and who doesn’t know you and won’t judge you, can give you the freedom to talk about things you wouldn’t normally admit to your partner.. This is hugely helpful in making people feel less alone and isolated in their suffering, especially if you’ve had something on your mind that you’re too embarrassed to discuss with other people.
Sharing and unloading your emotions through counselling means you can get on with the rest of your life and make it easier to cope. You have unpacked your thoughts and emotions and this should alleviate some of the stress and anxiety - and you know that should anything come up you have someone you can talk to about anything you’re worried about. This can allow you to focus on living your life again. This often produces a virtuous cycle, as being able to focus on everyday life means people make positive changes in their life, which in turn lifts their mood. Some even get back on the path to realising their dreams.
Some people will get sounder sleep and therefore more energy. This can improve appetite. It might also lead to being more active which can have a massive impact on your mental health. You might begin to socialise more..
Finally, examining your emotions with another person allows you to see yourself from the outside, resulting in a heightened sense of self-awareness. This can have hugely beneficial effects in making people feel more at peace with themselves.
Anyone can benefit from counselling, Sometimes it’s just good to talk to someone. Young people, middle-aged and the elderly have been known to gain value from talking therapy, it doesn’t matter what age you are. Therapy works and it can work for you too.