- Fatou Kourouma
How Talking Helps
By: Diya Varma, Contributing Writer
I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of rough days and mood swings from time to time. It’s perfectly natural. However, keeping your emotions bottled up can be overwhelming, especially when you have no one to talk to about them. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a type of mental health treatment (WebMD). It develops self-esteem, reduces anxiety, strengthens coping mechanisms, and improves social functioning. Supportive psychotherapy helps patients deal with problems relating to their mental health disorders, which have negative effects on their lives.
Counselling allows you to have an open and honest conversation about things that are bothering you. Consulting a therapist can help identify and understand the impact these issues have on your life and develop ways to cope with symptoms. Essentially, the goal of therapy is to inspire change within the patient and in turn improve their quality of life through self-exploration, empowerment, and awareness.
Talking about what’s been on your mind can feel rewarding and relieving. However, it can be tough to talk to someone about what goes on in your head. The fear of judgement and not being taken seriously often prevents people from speaking their mind. Pent-up stress and feelings can eventually burst out in the form of breakdowns. This is why it’s important to talk to someone you trust or an anonymous helpline operator. This way, you can vent about what’s been bothering you and work towards getting better and finding a solution.
Therapy has also been said to help with self-acceptance and self-esteem, better management of emotions, improved decision-making skills and improved abilities for conflict resolution (Montare Behavioural Health). It gives people the opportunity to look at their problems from a different point of view and puts everything in perspective. Some people even prefer group therapy over individual therapy. This is because there is more support from peers and sometimes people can relate to each other’s problems, which lets them know that they are not alone.
An alarming amount of people believe that going to therapy is embarrassing when in reality there is no shame in wanting to help yourself grow and become a better version of yourself. Although therapy may not make your problems magically disappear, it will help you feel much better to release the emotions you have been suppressing.
Conclusively, talking to someone about your problems can be extremely helpful in the process of recovering from a mental disorder, or just feeling better after a bad day. However, if you find yourself not wanting to talk about your feelings with someone else, there are other ways to express how you feel. Setting aside time for yourself and doing things that make you feel good are excellent forms of self-care. Meditation, drawing and listening to music are also ways to distract yourself. I personally find that the best way to feel better is to let yourself feel your emotions. It is important to remember that everyone grows and heals at a different pace, so take your time to understand and process your feelings. Taking a break from today’s fast-paced life, logging off and spending time with yourself is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Most of all, even though it may seem impossible, it is vital to keep in mind that everything will get better eventually, inevitably.
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