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Care for Your Emotional Health and
Mental Wellbeing with Therapy

Emotional health and wellbeing are two very important components of your mental health. You need to develop and invest in caring for these two elements of yourself just as you would for your body. It is important to consider the health of these two aspects of your body as well because far too often, we only consider mental health when there is something seriously wrong, for example, we have experienced trauma or are dealing with a mental illness like depression or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Going when your brain is on fire is important, but integrating therapy and wellness into your everyday life is better. Going to therapy improves your mind’s fortitude, your quality of life, and your connection to yourself.

Caring for your emotional health and mental wellbeing with therapy is one of the best and more effective ways to improve your quality of life, and this guide can help you not only understand why, but how to get started:

Understanding the Difference Between Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Psychiatry

One of the reasons so many are resistant to considering therapy to improve their mental and emotional health is the lack of public awareness of the difference between therapy, psychotherapy, and psychiatry.

Psychiatry, for example, is an area of mental health that primarily deals with the diagnosing of mental illnesses. They are the ones who prescribe medication and treat the very real symptoms of mental illness. Psychologists are doctorate-holding therapists who use advanced holistic techniques to help those with mental illnesses.

Therapists, on the other hand, are far more holistic in nature. Going to therapy does not mean you have a mental illness, and similarly, you don’t need to be mentally ill in order to warrant seeing one. You can want help managing your relationships, stress or help processing and getting through a bad breakup.

Therapists are holistic in nature and are there to help guide their clients and to also help their clients understand why they feel like they do so that they can make changes. The best part about seeing a therapist is that if your needs extend beyond their capabilities to help, they will often be happy to refer you to a more qualified option, like psychotherapy or psychiatry.

Why Therapy Should be More Universally Adopted

Understanding ourselves is not a skill that we naturally learn. You may spend a lot of time with yourself, but knowing how you react to something is far different from understanding why. Introspection and an outsider’s perspective can help you identify harmful behaviors that you are perpetrating while also allowing you to set healthier boundaries and forge better relationships between yourself and the world around you.

Therapy is best done with prevention in mind. While many will only consider it when they are in a crisis, that does not mean it is the only time you can go. You can go at any time and benefit. Going in small doses can help you check-in, understand where you are, and figure out how to improve for the future.

How to Find the Right Therapeutic Option for You

There are two ways to introduce therapy into your life: professional and self-guided.

Professionally Guided Therapy

Professionally guided therapy is like going to school. Here, you learn about yourself, about the nuances and triggers that cause you to stress, and how to better deal with them. You typically go in with a set of goals, and your therapist will then guide you through a personally developed program.

You will want to consider all types of therapy options, including group and art therapies, but you’ll want to look into individual therapy to get started. You need this therapy option to be convenient and easy to get to, or alternatively, be able to access this therapy online. For example, if you are in San Diego, you will need to find a San Diego Individual Therapy option that suits your needs and goals.

Professionally guided therapy can help you feel balanced, can help you change unhelpful and even unhealthy patterns, help you process and start to heal from trauma and grief, help you address life concerns, and help you improve your relationship with yourself and with the world at large. A full-service clinic will offer everything from individual counseling, couples therapy, group classes and workshops, and holistic and clinical consulting. This way, you can adapt your approach and grow using a variety of tools and techniques.

Self-Therapy and Wellbeing

Your professional therapeutic option will give you the groundwork to get started on continuing your care at home. This can include techniques to help manage stress and tips on how to recognize behaviour in yourself and others. On top of following their advice, you will also want to introduce well-being and other self-therapy activities that work to help you relax, connect, and rejoice in the life that you lead.

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