In the millions of health articles that are already encasing the web, you’ve read about eating right and exercise, and many other healthy things, but did you ever consider the health benefits of talking? Talking about your problems can often be one of the best modes of defense against numerous health problems, both mental and physical.
The healing benefits of talking is one of the reasons why people are recommended to seek therapy or attend things like grief counseling. It gives you a place to talk, with someone that understands you, or groups of people that have gone through the same thing.
Getting One On One Therapy
When you are diagnosed with mental issues one of the first things your doctor will likely recommend is for you to see a therapist. The type of therapist can greatly depend on the severity of your illness. You may need therapy to fight depression, PTSD, or other illnesses.
Even people diagnosed with certain illnesses, terminal or not, may be recommended for therapy. This is because it really does help to talk about things. Your therapist may also suggest medications, group counseling, or that you start a journal where you can write down your problems and help get them out of your system.
Attending Group Counseling
Even if it isn’t suggested by a doctor, sometimes attending group meetings and counseling can be of great help to people suffering for all sorts of issues. You can find groups for cancer survivors, cancer sufferers, grief counseling, and more. Groups allow you to speak with other people that have gone through what you have gone through.
Sometimes the only true solace from the negative things in your life is to be able to share that grief with others that have a chance of knowing what you’re actually go through because they have also been there before. Counseling of this type is also extremely helpful for people suffering from addictions, like drugs and alcohol, or even shopping.
Talking To Your Friends And Family
It’s harder to work through your problems if you don’t talk to anyone about what you are going through. Bottling up pain just causes stress, depression, fatigue, and can actually lead to other health issues, including high blood pressure. That’s why, even when therapy or group isn’t available, you need to find someone to talk to that can at least listen, even if they can’t really relate or offer advice.
Find a friend or family member that is really good at listening so that you have someone near you that you can open up to any time the need arises. This will help you stress less, which can be better for heart health and mental health in the long run.
Originally posted on January 19, 2016 @ 8:35 pm