New Year, New You: Reasons to Seek the Support of a Professional Therapist in 2017
The arrival of 2017 is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and make changes for
the upcoming year. While on the surface it may not seem like you need a therapist,
seeking professional support can do wonders in helping you shake off lingering
negativity in your life and gain a positive perspective on your future.
Here are some reasons to consider the support of a professional therapist in 2017:
1. Dissatisfaction with work or personal life:
Even with the dawn of a new year, remnants of issues from the prior year will still
be lingering. Help from a therapist can help ease stress and give you the tools to
start the year off on a positive track. Whatever happened in the previous year is
now in the past, and professional support can help free you of past problems or
issues that could potentially continue to exist.
2. Substance abuse:
It is not uncommon for people to lapse into higher levels of substance abuse
during the holiday season, thus becoming less focused and not feeling the same
as they once were. Addressing these temptations and seeking help sooner rather
than later can curb any attempts at a change in normal habits and keep your
mind and body in sound shape.
3. Feeling depressed or downtrodden:
Even though people typically associate holidays and the new year with
happiness and excitement, this time of year can just as easily have an adverse
effect on one’s health and well-being. Comparing yourself to your peers and
trying to keep up with others on social media can make you feel depressed or
unhappy about the year ahead. It’s important not to allow these feelings to
become habitual, and seek the help and counseling of a professional therapist to
reframe your thoughts.
Whether it be the loss of a family member or a relationship problem, events that
may have occurred in the prior year will still be there this year. Being able to rid
yourself of circumstances holding you back will improve your mental health and
prevent feelings of sadness in the future.
A professional therapist can help you start the new year off right, helping to cleanse you
of negativity or harmful behaviors that may have been weighing you down. The sooner
you take the first step, the better you’ll feel.