Stress was a huge part of my life for quite a long period. Dealing with mental illness patients wasn’t easy. It took its toll on me, but I had no one to talk to. I did attend a few therapy sessions after learning about hubby’s bi polar disorder, but then, I wasn’t sure if therapy was worth it.
It was last year that I decided, on the spur of the moment at our psychiatrist’s, that I needed to deal with my stress and anxiety. I was exhausted holding it all in for almost 19 long years and I just wanted to get rid of the fear that hampered my growth.
There were things I had pushed to some dark corner of my mind and needed a release. And, that’s when I realized why therapy is a good idea if you have mental and emotional issues you can’t deal with.
I also discovered that I suffered from Generalised Anxiety disorder–the most common of anxiety disorders in today’s world.
Today, after more than five months of my first session, and with the help of medication, here’s how therapy changed me…
WHY THERAPY IS A GOOD IDEA:
I am in a much better mental health than before.
I have learned to deal with the fear and the anxiety that would torture me earlier.
I have realized that my anxiety was a result of my imagination going wild.
I have become aware of how my mind works and how the negative thoughts disturb me so.
I have learned to change my thought process and look for positivity in even the most trying situations.
I have learned a few facts about my panic and how to deal with the uncertainties with a calm mind.
And, most important of all, I have learned to live in the moment and take life as it comes.
It is such a relief, being able to live life without fear or anxiety interrupting every step of the way!
So, if you, too, find yourself suffering from anxiety or panic and fear and wonder whom to talk to, then I would suggest you approach a psychologist who will help you.
Do go through the list below and if you tick off even 8 out of the 10 points, then know that you need therapy.
YOU NEED THERAPY IF:
1. If your loneliness gets frightening and leaves you feeling crippled.
2. If your anxiety comes in your way and controls your everyday functioning.
3. If you have sleep issues: have trouble falling asleep/have a disturbed sleep/feel fatigued at the beginning of your day.
4. If you have thoughts that control you and leave you distressed on a daily basis.
5. If you have difficulty dealing with issues arising in your relationships.
6. If you have anger issues.
7. If you suffer from uncontrollable mood swings.
8. If fear/jealousy/sadness et al are the emotions that rule your world.
9. If you feel depressed all the time.
10. If you find yourself unable to deal with difficult situations with confidence and courage.
There is really no shame in visiting a counsellor or going in for therapy. Your mind and your soul deserve to be cared for the same way you care for your physical health and appearance.
All it needs is a phone call to make an appointment, and complete faith in your therapist. Oh, and complete honesty on your part, too!
I am participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, and my theme this year is, ‘SELF-CARE’. You will find all the A to Z posts here.