What is “self care”?

For some people, taking care of themselves and thinking positively comes naturally, but for others this can be a struggle. Many people prioritize the wellbeing of others over their own; caring for lovers, friends or family members before tuning in to their own needs. Another barrier to effective self care is having a very busy daily life. Some may find themselves focusing on daily tasks such as work, keeping up the home and running errands. They may feel too exhausted to even consider doing something for themselves by the end of the day.

Why should I go to therapy?

Anyone can benefit from therapy. Even the most mentally healthy people can benefit from having additional support, someone to vent to, and someone who can remind them of their strengths. However, more often than not, people seek out therapy when they are struggling.

What factors influence whether therapy is successful?

The biggest factor in a persons success in therapy is whether or not they personally want to be there. If someone else is forcing or pressuring them to seek counseling they are less likely to reap the many positive benefits. Educating someone who is struggling about the positive aspects of therapy can be beneficial, but it is important to remember that ultimately each person has the right to decide if they want to go to therapy, and to engage in it on their own terms.