HOW THERAPY BENEFITS OTHER AREAS OF YOUR LIFE
We hear about the many benefits of attending psychotherapy. Increasing self confidence, learning coping skills, improving communication, changing negative thought patterns and learning to let go of negative feelings that come with past traumas, just to name a few.
But what’s rarely talked about is the benefits that getting good therapy has on other areas of your life. Just like a ripple effect, when you change, many areas of your life also change. Here are just a few of the many benefits that therapy has in other areas of your life.
You can start to make more money.
As you become more confident in your abilities, you start to feel comfortable with taking on risks and pursuing things that you previously held yourself back from.
Many clients go after better paying jobs, start a side business and even ask for a raise. All because they feel more confident in themselves to go after these opportunities.
You could become physically healthier.
Chronic stress is the number 1 cause for so many health problems. As you learn to control your thoughts and emotions, many systems in your body improve. You can sleep better, blood pressure decreases with deep breathing exercises, you won’t get angry as quickly, etc.
Also, as you increase your confidence, you begin to take better care of your body by being aware of what foods you eat, the alcohol or drugs you consume, and it’s easier to become motivated to exercise.
You can make new friends.
As you feel more comfortable taking on risks, you tend to want to be around more people and not feel so anxious socializing. When you feel more comfortable talking to people, people are attracted to you and it’s much easier to start small talk and possibly leading to future friendships.
You could meet true love.
As with meeting friends, by being more social you increase the odds of meeting someone. More importantly, you begin to be attracted to different types of people. If you have a history of falling for the wrong types, as you increase your self esteem, those types are no longer attractive to you. Instead you seek a more meaningful relationship built on respect, love, and whatever values are important to you.
Yes, therapy could change the way you are with those around you. And sometimes that means ending relationships. But usually any problems in your relationships were most likely already there. Therapy just made you see things differently and finally do something about it.
Your kids, grand kids, and all those around you also benefit.
Muhammad Gandi said “Be the change you wish to see in this world”
As you become more patient, caring, assertive and all around more positive, you change how you react to others, making them react differently to you as well.
You become a role model, a good friend, partner, and simply someone people like being around with.
Also, changing behavioral patterns that keep getting passed down in your family breaks negative cycles. For example, if growing up your parents were not affectionate or expressed love easily, because your grandparents were the same way with them, you can change that by the way you are towards your own kids. It won’t be right away, but family changes can happen with each generation.
By helping yourself first, you can now help others.
There are tragic things that happen all over the world everyday. But complaining and feeling angry or sad about them doesn’t help anyone. You can’t help others if you are in the same boat as them. You have to improve yourself first in order to be in a position to offer help. That means being calmer and more patient than those around you.
We can’t always control other people or what circumstances life throws your way. But you can always control how you choose to react and how you view those circumstances. Focusing on improving yourself first is empowering and puts you in a position to now better help those around you.
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About the author.
Liza J Alvarado is a professional counselor in private practice. She serves Adolescents, Adults, and Spanish speaking families in the Lehigh Valley, PA area.