Has your emotional health changed recently? Have you noticed a rise in your anxiety or depression?
Why Taking Action for Your Emotional Health Is Crucial:
Don’t Wait to See a Therapist
Many people don’t know when to ask for help and frequently downplay their difficulties or believe that they have no choice but to handle them on their own. This is not true. A therapist can offer knowledgeable assistance without prejudice or judgement. You shouldn’t wait to use their services and gain support – because the sooner you acknowledge your problems and search for assistance in understanding and resolving them, the sooner your emotional health will improve.
Let’s take a look at some of the typical reasons that people fail to get help for their emotional health when they need it:
Waiting for the perfect time
The sooner you start down the path to getting back to being the best version of yourself, the quicker you’ll start to see results. The longer you hesitate and delay, the more your mental health could deteriorate in the meantime, waiting for the “right time” usually indicates that you are putting off seeking help for your mental health problems longer than necessary. This means you’ll likely be spending less time feeling confident, content, and strong and more time fretting, feeling anxious, depressed, or afraid.
If you are finding it difficult to make time for therapy, it’s important to put yourself first and find the time in your schedule. Take immediate steps towards recovery and look for support as soon as possible. If you have demanding job or other family commitments, search for a therapist who is available late evenings or weekends. If you have children, you may find it easier to schedule appointments during school hours. At Positive Mind Works, we offer flexible times to fit around your lifestyle, including early morning, late evening and weekend sessions all held online, making it easier to fit therapy around your commitments.
Too nervous to start
Perhaps you are worried about opening up in front of a complete stranger or that people will criticise and make fun of you. Or maybe you aren’t even sure therapy will be able to help you. The good news? In most cases, therapy is nearly always helpful. Don’t let anxiety or fear prevent you from taking this positive step towards improving your emotional health. Of course, its normal to feel anxious about something new but don’t let this stop you from getting the help and support you need.
Think of it this way, if your friend or relative was hesitant to get the help that they needed, would you not encourage them and help them to realise that they need to prioritise this support? Do the same for yourself. Be your own cheerleader and take the first step by reaching out to a therapist. We’re confident that once you’ve had your first session, you’ll wonder why you were ever worried in the first place!
We understand that life comes with certain pressures and one of those is financial stress. In fact, if money concerns are causing you to feel stressed and anxious, the last thing you might think of is to spend more money on therapy sessions for yourself. While it can be helpful to take a relook at your budget and see if there is any way you can cut back on something to make room for your therapy sessions, there are other possibilities that can be useful. For example, if you are Australian based, did you know that you can receive 10 subsidised sessions per year? All you need is a mental health care plan and referral letter from your GP and you can access Medicare rebates for each session. This can leave your out-of-pocket costs as low as $78.35 with our psychologists. At Positive Mind Works, we also have other options that can help you if you are on a low income and struggling to afford sessions. To learn more, get in touch with our friendly receptionists who would be happy to help find a solution with you.
If you wish to get a mental health care pan and referral letter, our GP’s can help. We have appointments available each week, so there is no cause for delay in getting you the help you need immediately. Our GP’s will create your health care plan and send it onto your preferred psychologist.
Understanding and accepting that you may never feel ‘ready’ to seek help can be hard. It’s normal to feel apprehensive – but it’s important to overcome these feelings and reach out for help in order to heal. Let your therapist know your concerns, they can work with you to help you overcome these feelings and make your sessions more effective and successful in the long run.
If you are struggling and would like to reach out, we would love to hear from you and help put you at ease. Give our friendly reception team a call for a chat about how our services work on: 1800 327 477 (AU) / 0800 327 477 (NZ) or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, book your first session here.