There are times in your life that you need a little bit more support, a little more understanding, patience and a little more help to get you through. Far from making you weak, this acceptance that you need to reach out makes you stronger as you tackle head-on the issues that you are facing.
With the current drive to make mental health issues a priority and the public encouragement from celebrities and sports stars alike to talk about these issues, there’s never been a better time to get the help you need in your life.
If you’ve been suffering in silence, trying to deal with the issues yourself and putting a brave face on things, then it’s time to speak out.
In this short guide we take a look at some of the help out there for you to access and what you might expect
This is cognitive behavioural therapy, which you should be able to access through your doctor or through a specialist in this field.
It works to address the negative thoughts and behaviours that you are experiencing which may be leading to destructive behaviour in your life, such as excessive alcohol or drug consumption. It will help you to tackle the negative thoughts that anxiety, stress and depression can trigger. What it won’t do is delve too deeply into what has caused those issues, that might be something a counsellor will be able to go through with you and we’ll discuss a little later.
Your therapist will help you to understand the triggers for the negative patterns of thinking and behaving and work with you to send these patterns in a different direction.
You will learn how to respond differently when these thoughts arise and hopefully learn to take a step back, teaching your brain and your body to respond with more healthy actions and thoughts.
These sessions can feel intense but show good results if you’re committed to following them through and practising what you learn in therapy.
Another talking therapy but one that helps you to explore your past and try and work out why you have got to the point you have. You will be given talking prompts from your counsellor and explore your early years as well as the key relationships in your life.
This therapy can feel intrusive and uncomfortable but can also help you better understand yourself and your situation.
With any therapy you’ll need to set clear objectives with your therapist and feel free to ask any questions about your treatment, such as what is neurofeedback, particularly if you’re not clear how the process works.
Your health, both mental and physical, is paramount so don’t put off feeling better any longer. There might not be any quick fixes but taking that first step and getting back on to the path for wellness is a brave and necessary step. Find a therapist that will suit your needs and take that first step today for a happier and calmer future.