There is a slow inclination towards improved acceptance in discussing personal challenges and mental health. How recognized is it to try counseling, though? Potentially, you might have only gone to counseling when you had no last resort and frustratingly sitting at home, feeling depressed and miserable.
My first experience with counseling was when I was in college. I was really flooded with emotions of guilt and anxiety that were all infiltrating during my first term. Deep inside, I was overwhelmed with insecurity and self-doubt, and I felt like someone else walking and living the academic life. This initial counseling experience was a monotonous event of four weekly consults offering a taste of healing in the weeks to come. I had very little eagerness for these sessions, but my craving for self-exploration had been there, as my concerns were heard and taken by heart for the first time in a long time.
Several years after, when I’d finished my college education and did some traveling, I had anticipated having discovered myself and eliminated any prowling demons. These experiences were obviously significant, but they had not really transformed my mental health. I unwillingly comprehended that perhaps I had to look inside to heal, so I sought counseling again, which progressed for almost one year.
This time around, I felt more relieved to talk freely. I was struggling during my teenage years at home, and now I can talk about this securely without any judgment. I slowly felt more empathetic for my young self and more appreciative of how I was coping then, while previously, I had been harshly critical about myself. I accepted that I didn’t have a voice at that time, and other people’s opinions became my standard of self-worth. Counseling helped me start to listen to myself again.
Now, I wonder where I could be if I hadn’t gone through counseling. I guess I would still be severely critical of myself and others and subsequently concerned and worried all the time. Counseling taught me to slow down and instill more kindness and empathy. It helped me stop myself from repeating most of the patterns that were so robustly rooted in my early life. I learned to let go of old hatred and frustrations. In short, it did change my life for the better.
Below are some common reasons why counseling can truly transform your life for the better.
You Get To Comprehend Why You Do Some Things That Are Not Sensible.
Perhaps you drink too much, overeat, or harm yourself. Maybe you were humiliated by how you acted and are frustrated why you can’t stop your unpleasant behavior. Counseling offers a safe space to discover your fears and doubts about change.
You Start Valuing Yourself.
You become skilled at making others happy. Counseling helps you practice the value of honest appreciation for others as well as for yourself.
You Come To Terms With Your Past.
When you realize and accept your past experiences, you also value the lessons – good and bad – that you have learned from them. You find extraordinary value in gaining knowledge and understanding of your past and how it has shaped your journey through life. Painful experiences are resolved, and previous wounds are repaired.
There Is Transformation In Self-Awareness.
Without self-awareness, you will perhaps be in a puzzled state of living. Establishing self-awareness enables you to look at the world from the outside and become a keen observer. You start to make sense of various things, hence developing a sense of understanding and transparency.
You, Will, Learn How To Deal With Your Thoughts.
With more than 60,000 thoughts floating through your mind every day, plus the recurrent worries and concerns that come up, counseling can help you recognize and organize your thoughts – efficiently filter which ones you need to prioritize and which ones you can set aside. When you master that, you suddenly realize that you are more in control of your thoughts and your life as a whole.
You Get To Live In The Present.
If you have depression or anxiety, you could be spending a lot of time either regretting the things you did or feeling anxious about your future. Counseling will slowly enable you to be more mindful of the present and to feel more connected – and confident – of what the world will bring you, whatever it is.
You, Will, Have More Meaningful Relationships.
In counseling, you may begin to feel grateful for the relationships relevant to you and learn to invest in them more. You can also choose to take a few steps back from connections that are noxious or disrupting your well-being. The therapeutic aspect of counseling provides a practice area for connections in the real world.
You Become Bolder And Stronger.
You may have thought about the world being a scary and negative place, and you might have valid reasons to confirm this view. When you go through counseling, you gradually learn to heal from these challenging experiences and events; hence, you grow bolder and stronger. The past will have very little effect on your present and future. You now learn to create your own safe space filled with happiness, confidence, and love.