The number of people affected by mental health issues like depression and anxiety continues to rise across the country. Its prevalence in states like Utah and West Virginia takes up more than 20% of the population of those affected. Even in states with lower numbers, such as New Jersey, more than a million people are affected, showing the increasing need for mental healthcare. One of the most popular avenues of treatment is therapy. It has proven effective for many in addressing their mental health concerns – including helping people build a more positive outlook. Since being optimistic can increase resilience, reduce symptoms of mental illness, and improve stress levels, learning how to think more cheerfully can be a big help. But what makes therapy so effective in helping you build a positive outlook on life?
What to expect from therapy sessions
The way therapy sessions work differs for everyone. But more often than not, professionals will offer their expertise through methods like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. These usually entail processes that address and correct your mindset. Doing so can improve your understanding of why you feel certain emotions and guide you toward a more positive way of thinking. Sessions are often done in person with mental health professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. However, they can also be done online through telehealth if you don't have the time or money to meet a professional in person. Remote therapy is also an excellent alternative if you have severe anxiety: you can receive care from home, which is likely a space you feel safe and comfortable in. What's more, telehealth allows you to consult experts even if they're from across state lines, so you won't have any problem finding support. This means that remote nurse practitioners (NPs) from Ohio can treat patients in Utah, a state currently experiencing a healthcare labour shortage. These professionals are trained to handle behavioural health issues since they must have a graduate degree, experience, and a license to work in telehealth. During your telehealth appointment, expect to be asked in-depth questions about how you feel. From here, the mental health expert you consult can help you build a positive outlook in a number of ways.
How therapy builds a positive outlook
It creates a positive atmosphere When dealing with mental illness, one needs to be in a good headspace to develop a positive mindset, as highlighted in our past article "How to Stay Upbeat". When consulting a mental health expert for therapy, they'll create an environment where their clients feel safe and understood. This gives you a space for validation where you can harbour fewer negative emotions toward your situation and look at things more positively.
It helps you process your emotions One reason people have a pessimistic outlook is that they don’t understand what they are feeling or why. Therapy helps you process your emotions and come to terms with them, allowing you to let go of negative thoughts. It can also guide you in developing healthy coping mechanisms that help you feel more optimistic about life. One write-up from StatPearls explains that dealing with stressors and symptoms in such a positive manner can even alleviate the severity of the conditions you experience. It encourages a strong support system It’s hard to be positive when one feels like they are struggling alone. Through therapy, your mental health professional can serve as a strong support system that can help you manage your mental health. Psychosocial rehabilitation specialist Kendra Cherry elaborates how advice, empathy, and concern from trusted individuals can help those with mental illness cope. When you feel like you're not alone, it'll be easier for you to see a brighter, more positive side to your circumstances. Having a positive outlook on life is essential for helping you care for your mental health, but building this mindset can be challenging. Therapy is one of the best ways you can seek help for yourself.