Despite popular opinion therapy isn’t only beneficial for treating severe mental issues and tragedy. We’re so accustomed to seeing those with diagnosed mental health issues—such as Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder—go to therapy on television and in movies that we often discount the fact that checking in with a therapist can help us with everyday issues (i.e., feeling stuck in a career rut, alleviate everyday anxieties, or break an unhealthy habit).
Here are six ways that therapy can help all of us (I am guilty of several of them)…
1. You Don’t Take Responsibility
Your boss is the reason you’re not advancing your career. Your kids are the reason why you don’t have time to eat healthy. And of course your childhood is the reason why you’re emotionally unattached in relationships. But it’s the external lack of control over your own life that opens you up to low-confidence, depression, and multiple health issues.
According to a research study from China’s Hanshan Normal University, there is a direct correlation between lack of control over one’s life and increased rates of depression. The study, published in the Journal of Health Psychology, found that individuals who blame everything and everyone else for all of their life’s problems are relying on others rather then taking responsibility for their own health, success, and happiness. However, an unbiased stranger who happens to be an experienced mental wellness coach is the perfect source to teach you how to take control of your own life and happiness.