Mental health is just as important as physical health. Thankfully, the stigma once attached to seeking out treatment for depression, anxiety and other issues is diminishing, thanks to more people speaking out about the importance of mental health and the benefits of therapy.
Could everyone benefit from building a relationship with an educated, experienced, empathetic therapist? Absolutely. It’s estimated that one in five adults has some form of mental illness but, even if you don’t, most people could use a bit of sound advice now and again.
In a recent thread on the online community Reddit, Redditors talked about the most helpful advice they had received in counseling or therapy. We mined for even more internet gold, and discovered these nuggets on Twitter that you might find helpful, too.
Don’t Keep A TV In The Bedroom
Neither do I. My therapist told me that the bedroom is for the three S's. Sleeping, Sickness and Sex. Haven't had a TV in there since.
— Lainey Boggs (@_LaineyBoggs_) January 18, 2018
Be Mindful Of The Agendas Of Others
my therapist told me to stop believing everything everyone tells me stop trusting people so easily to be mindful that everyone has their own secret agendas & it’s truly hard to protect yourself when u have a genuine heart & want to believe people have your best interests at heart
— les (@lesjpeg) January 18, 2018
Sometimes You Need To Eat, Even If You’re Not Hungry
Look Past The Weeds To Find The Flowers
my therapist told me that sometimes it’s best to rummage through the weeds until you find the flowers and you can honestly interpret that anyway according to your life so I just wanted to share
— emma (@emmy_7701) January 16, 2018
The Only Person You Can Change…
My therapist told me something that helped me. “You can’t fix them. You can only fix yourself.” The only one that has to understand you is yourself. You are not an item that they control or own. Peace and strength.
— Kathy Welsh (@KathyWelsh8) December 28, 2017
Everyone Deserves To Be Loved
My therapist told me today I am deserving of love. I am going to try and remember that.
— Chris (@ChrisNIN64) January 9, 2018
Nobody Feels Happy All The Time, And That’s OK
My therapist told me that people believe that being "happy" is when we're feeling "normal" but that's untrue. We're meant to feel sadness, regret, joy, love, hate etc. If you fixate on the idea that you should always be happy, you'll almost always be disappointed in your emotions
— lucy (@LucyToYou) January 10, 2018
Acknowledge All Of Your Emotions, Even If They’re Icky
A Good Cry Can Work Wonders
My therapist told me that there's healing in tears so here's to many more sessions of bawling my heart out. Join the club if you need healing as well. pic.twitter.com/h5sKZy4qrm
— Chemist Thee Gamer (@HRHChemist) January 8, 2018
Sometimes A Puppy Is The Best Medicine
Today my therapist told me to get a puppy. So, yeah…. I’m getting a puppy 🐶 pic.twitter.com/zNx8l9RkjP
— Sarah Espinosa (@hey_essjay) December 28, 2017
Your Positive “Self Talk” Should Outweigh The Negative
my therapist told me if you ever think of a something you don’t love about yourself try and think of two things that you do love about yourself because the good should always outweigh the bad 🙂
— katie (@ktkimmel) January 7, 2018
Love Yourself Right Where You Are
my therapist told me that you can still love yourself while improving yourself and as simple that is, it is a powerful statement
— gretchen (@g_shepard97) January 7, 2018
Be Your Own Best Friend
My therapist told me the best way to get over grief is to pretend you’re taking care of a friend. Because you wouldn’t tell friend to get over it already.
— ✨ackerley✨ (@rocksaregreat) January 5, 2018
Mama Said There’ll Be Days Like This
Like my therapist told me, don’t be too hard on yourself everyone has days like these.
— Pootan (@_Pootan_) January 5, 2018
You Are A Survivor
so my therapist told me “if you can make it through the night with nothing but your destructive thoughts to keep you company, you can survive almost anything.”
and i just wanna pass this on 🌻
— chebubby (@crbth) January 11, 2018
If you feel depressed, anxious or suicidal, don’t wait to reach out. Help is just a phone call or a text away. These resources can put you in touch with someone who cares and is qualified to give you the assistance you need.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available at no charge, 24/7/365. Call 800-273-8255 to receive confidential support and crisis resources for yourself or a loved one.
The Crisis Text Line offers free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. for any type of crisis and a counselor will respond right away, helping you through the crisis and offering referrals for further help, if you need it.
And if the cost of therapy, counseling or other mental health treatments is preventing you from seeking help, don’t give up. Free and low-cost resources are available. Check with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America as well as KidsHealth.org. Your mental health matters.