Therapy, for me, was a life-changing experience in many ways. It helped me make sense of my situation (also, made me realise that it is not as bad as I think it is), gave me the strength to pull myself together, and, helped me reach a better, happier space in life.
However, there is one more thing that I learnt from my therapy sessions that have helped me transform myself for the better – it helped me understand my emotions.
It might sound surprising to some but often we don’t understand what it is that we are feeling and why. We might use terms such as happy, sad, or, even depressed but we don’t know what they mean. Further, we don’t understand what exactly are we feeling right now and why.
I was facing the same problem. I was going through a really bad phase in life and was in a dark space mentally. I would often write off anything I felt as sadness or depression because of the problems I was battling daily.
However, therapy made me understand my emotions. It made me realise that a lot of it was not sadness but was coming from a place of deep-seated anger. Anger that I had been carrying for a long within myself (and, I didn’t even realise).
My sessions with the therapist helped me make sense of why I was carrying this anger and how I could finally let it go for the better. The day I finally came to terms with it, all things made much more sense. It was like a heavy weight was finally lifted off me and I could finally leave this space that I was in for a long time now.
In hindsight, as I ponder now, therapy helped me make sense of my emotions because –
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