Therapy makes me a better human

How talking can change it all

The creation of this story came a walk back from my weekly therapy session, reflecting upon how my mood changes once I’ve gone through that one hour of talking and exploration with another human.

I’ve been going to therapy regularly for nearly a year, to many that know me it might come as a surprise I do this and many will question from the surface view of life why I do this. Going to therapy or simply taking the time to discuss you’re life with a fellow human is sadly somewhat still viewed as an abnormal thing to do by societal standards and many shy away from it for fear of stigma. In a world where now more than ever we have so many tools to connect us, we have never been so disconnected from one another.

I chose to pursue therapy for a variety of reasons, but the core of them have been around exploring corners of my past and having a forum where I can chat through the madness of my mind and delve further into myself.

It’s another tool in my health kit that along with others I use, to help to keep me in a healthy state — more than anything it’s a place that allows me to express who I am and my life with no judgement. Over the course of the last year, I feel I’ve gathered enough data to understand how using therapy sessions has impacted my health and I can honestly say it has been for the better.

Now its not been all rainbows and sunshine, I don’t want to paint you an image that you go for a chat and everything in your world is solved, as that wouldn’t be accurate. Sometimes I come back and feel like a weight is off my shoulders, I can move freely, breathe easier and then sometimes I’m confused, fatigued and sad. But it’s all part of the process, nothing is ever straight forward and especially so when dealing with yourself and if anything that should be embraced.

I had my apprehensions when I first decided to explore talking therapies, but I can say that I find something so calming in talking with another person about my life and the effect it has had so far has been impressive. Even though in today’s world we have so many ways to communicate with one another, we never really talk, like actually talk about the deep meaningful stuff.

Personally I feel just talking to other people can be so powerful, it’s like Dumbledore said in Harry potter

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

Taking the time to step back and have a real conversation with someone about how you feel could be the most important thing you do.

 

What does this have to do with me?

Well, for you, I want you reading this to know that you shouldn’t be ashamed nor fear talking to someone about how you feel, you should feel a sense of achievement as it’s hard to open up for most of us (especially guys!).

The one thing I can tell you is, regardless of how I feel about any of my therapy sessions, one thing is for sure — they make me a better human.

 

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