We firmly believe that talking to a mental health professional should be as common as going to the doctor when you’re not feeling well. Your mind is just as important as your body, and taking care of it is essential. Some people benefit from therapy to work through their thoughts and emotions, some don’t, but we have compiled a list of some signs to see if it may be right for you.
You Haven’t Moved On
One indicator that you may need to seek out a mental health professional is if you’re having a hard time moving on. Everyone processes emotions at their own pace, but if you’ve been dwelling on the same event for so long – whether it’s the ending of a relationship, the loss of someone close to you, abuse, trauma, or any other emotionally driven event – it may be time to bend the ear of someone impartial who is invested in your ability to move forward.
You Have a Hard Time With Self-Care
If you have trouble relaxing, whether that’s decompressing in general, or after a long day with some TV or a good book, meditation, or a bubble bath, it may be worth talking to someone to help you prioritize those self-check-ins. Sometimes, talking to a mental health professional ensures you’re doing the work (and can ease into the steps), without putting all of the burden on yourself.
Others Have Suggested It
While it is always up to the individual whether to seek mental health assistance, others will typically see the truth sooner than you can. Again, that’s not to say everyone is out to get you, but rather that others see an opportunity for you to move forward in a positive way.
For instance, if you’ve been dwelling on a breakup for so long that your friends begin asking you if you’ve talked to a professional about it, take that as a sign that it might be time. Friends and family will only get you so far – you have to do the rest of the work, and if that requires help from a therapist, so be it!
Certain Topics Are Emotionally Triggering
Just as some individuals dwell on certain events, others have a hard time discussing these topics at all. If you find that a specific topic is so emotionally triggering that you can’t discuss it without breaking down or getting heated, talking through that topic with a mental health professional can help.
Your mental health should always be a priority. Consider these signs and determine whether or not talking to a mental health professional makes sense for you. Either way, don’t ignore the importance of you.