It’s late at night and you just can’t sleep. Thoughts are swarming through your head and nothing you try is making them stop. You get up, grab your phone and scroll through your feed, hoping that the contents of others lives will be enough to get you out of your own head. You start to feel tired and toss your phone back on the charger. You close your eyes and here come the thoughts, marching back in like soldiers. You get up and turn on Netflix, watching a couple episodes of the latest original series. Again, you feel yourself getting tired. Again, you try to fall asleep and nothing. The next morning you start your search for a therapist, searching Google, trying to find someone that can help the thoughts stop so you can sleep at night.
But what if I tell you that the thoughts could have been prevented? What if I tell you that those sleepless nights are something you never had to experience in the first place? That would be great right? Well making therapy a part of your routine can do just that. We usually wait until things are bad before we reach out and get help. We miss that yearly check up with the doctor but when that pain in our stomach won’t go away we are quick to make an appointment. We miss that 6 month check up with the dentist, but the first sign of pain we are rushing in to stop it.
So, when should you call a therapist? Now! You should call one now in order to reduce the likelihood of a break down in your mental health. Seeing a therapist once every 3 months, even when life is going well, can assist with preventing a crisis. Just think about how often we hold things in, push them to the back burner and just tell ourselves that we’re going to start thinking more positive. That works for a while but eventually it all comes back up again. However, if we were to check in with a therapist every 3 months to dump some of that crap out, than we wouldn’t reach the point of exploding. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Make seeing a therapist a part of your routine because it’s ok to ask for help.