September is Suicide Prevention Month. According to the CDC, suicide rates have been increasing dramatically in nearly every state from 1999 – 2016 and it is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Mental health is just as important as physical health yet, there’s still a huge stigma around taking care of your mental health. Going to therapy is one of the simplest ways to take care of your mental health.
I started going to therapy when I was 23 years old. I started going because I was dealing with anger and grief tied to the death of my father. As the years go by, my need for therapy has changed, but I keep going. Much like maintaining my physical health, I know that I need to go to therapy on a consistent basis.
Going to therapy has helped me in many ways. I have learned to communicate better, process my anger, and control my emotions. I get clear and objective guidance from a professional who uses both talk-based therapy and behavior modification tactics to help me change the negative behaviors I want to correct.
For the last year, I’ve been working on self-improvement. Going to therapy is a big part of that. These days I work on goal-setting, personal accountability, and how to be the best version of myself. And if I need to talk about more serious issues, I can. There are some days when I don’t want to go to therapy, but I do it anyway because I know it’s a crucial part of my self-care.
Therapy is a great resource for everyone – whether you’re going through something serious or not. For those suffering from anxiety, depression, or addiction, it can even save your life. Consider making therapy a part of your self-care routine. And if you need to talk to someone, don’t be afraid to reach out.