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New Year = New You? How Therapy Can Help You Have a Better 2023

The beginning of a new year represents an opportunity to start over — it’s a chance to assess, reflect, and make adjustments that will help us become the best versions of ourselves. It is natural for many of us to reflect on the previous year as a new one approaches and to think about the improvements we want to see in our lives. It is equally important to evaluate any growth we have made and to think about what went well and what we would like to repeat or retain from the previous year.

If you're ready to make a change, consider seeking out therapy this year. It may be just what you need to jumpstart your journey to a better self.

What does therapy give you?

Therapy can be an important component of mental health care. People go to therapy for a wide range of reasons, such as to help them get by with difficult life events, get help for a mental health diagnosis, or learn better coping mechanisms. 

Therapy can help you achieve your goals by giving you the tools you need to navigate through your fears and anxieties. It can help you identify and understand your triggers, so that you can avoid them or deal with them more effectively. Therapy can help you develop a better sense of self-awareness, so that you can make choices that are in line with your values and goals.

Why do clients begin therapy in the New Year?

While there is no wrong time to start therapy, the beginning of a new year is a popular time to begin therapy. This is because a therapist can assist you in achieving your goals, maintaining your mental health, and improving your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers as you begin a new year and think about your objectives for the coming year. There is no better moment than the beginning of a new year to regain control of your life. Throughout the world, a new year marks a fresh start, and for many of us, it serves as motivation to achieve our goals.

The New Year can be a great opportunity for a fresh start and to start the year with a positive attitude after the hectic holiday season. Along with joining the gym and eating healthier, it can also be a good time to explore your inner world. A new year brings new motivation for clients to make their own development a priority, and here are some reasons why they choose therapy as part of their new year.

Because year-end holidays can be stressful

Around the holidays — and especially around Christmas when there is so much pressure for everything to be perfect — relationship problems can sometimes reach a peak. In the excitement of the moment, simmering emotions between partners, family members, and friends can occasionally explode. 

You may have started to see trends in your romantic relationships that are  unhealthy or even toxic, and you've come to the conclusion that enough is enough. Therapy can assist you in overcoming these habits — which frequently stem from the past — so you can identify your triggers, control your reactions, and modify your communication style to be a better partner.

To have a new purpose for yourself

You could be asking yourself, “now what?” Although there is nothing wrong at the moment, you may have a lingering doubt that there is something more you could be doing with your life. On paper, you seem to have the perfect life — a fulfilling career, a devoted partner, a lavish home, and everything else. But internally, it just doesn't feel like enough. You worry that you've lost out on life's opportunities. 

In order to help you regain a sense of purpose and meaning in your life — at work, at home, and in your relationships — therapy can provide support and can help you move forward with more enthusiasm in the year to come.

To experiment with a new support system

Nowadays, most of our social encounters take place online rather than in person.  A very popular approach to unwind is to spend time with friends, but sadly, our social habits have altered. If the individuals in your present friendships or relationships aren't quite supportive, you might find yourself looking for additional sources of assistance. Finding a therapist who is a good fit for your needs may help you to extend your emotional well-being at this moment. Having someone else to talk to in your daily life may help you feel more grounded, even if a therapist won't be able to take the position of your pals.

How can therapy help you have a better 2023?

For some people, the best resolution you can make for the upcoming year is to start therapy. You’ll be able to be the best version of yourself with the help of therapy's many advantages. The following are some benefits of therapy for you in the upcoming year:

Therapy can help with negative thoughts and feelings

We can correct negative tendencies like critical or pessimistic thinking through therapy. Negative thoughts can cause tension, insomnia, and a variety of other issues. In the worst situations, a person can find their thoughts and emotions to be unbearable.  Things can get worse if you have no one to talk to about these thoughts and feelings. Thankfully, therapy can provide a safe space for discussing these negative ideas and feelings. 

A good therapist can help you locate the source of the negativity and in creating effective strategies for coping. By doing this, you can lessen the negative effects that these thoughts might have on day-to-day life. You can more easily make healthy changes that will improve your mental health once you have identified more effective coping mechanisms. Your therapist can support you in pursuing these changes and explain how they might improve your general wellbeing.

Therapy can ease tension in stressful relationships

We've all had trouble in our personal relationships at some point or another.  Relationship issues can be upsetting whether they involve a significant other, a family member, or a friend. The more substantial issues can have a big impact on our lives and wellbeing. Fortunately, therapy can assist in reducing issues that people experience and in enhancing interpersonal interactions. 

Therapy can provide us with practical strategies to improve our interpersonal connections. It can help us learn how to spot harmful tendencies, handle conflicts more smoothly, and communicate more effectively. Our ability to resolve relationship problems occasionally requires outside assistance, which is when family counseling or couples therapy may be helpful. Most significantly, these kinds of therapy frequently take place with all parties in attendance. This enables everyone involved to communicate their issues and identify solutions together that will enable them to move forward in a healthy way.

Therapy can teach you new coping mechanisms

There are instances when we are faced with a significant issue and feel helpless to find a solution. In these situations, therapy can help in the process of problem-solving. There are several steps, lots of consideration, and introspection involved in this process. Another advantage of therapy is that it teaches us new coping mechanisms, which can help us better manage our mental health issues. 

Your therapist will be able to help you navigate the process of problem-solving to find a healthy solution and they will help you learn new coping mechanisms for your anxiety, depression, or other problems.  Be mindful, though, that your therapist cannot resolve your issues on your behalf. A skilled therapist will assist you in finding a solution, but you may need to implement it yourself. You’ll be able to employ the skills and tools you get through therapy should the same issue recur.

Therapy can help you feel better about yourself

Some people become so preoccupied with their negative traits that they fail to notice their favorable traits.  The result is low self-esteem and a negative self-perception. The psychological effects could worsen the longer someone is permitted to view themselves in a negative way.

Therapy can help you understand yourself better. Your therapist will learn more about your background and listen to your concerns, so that they can provide helpful insights. Through the process of therapy, you can better understand who you really are, what you value, why you have certain habits, and how you can best implement change. When you understand yourself better, you will be better able to manage your mental health. With time, therapy can lead to a more positive self-perception, which is essential for having a positive view on life. 

Therapists can assist you with goal-setting

Have you ever felt stuck or lost in your relationships, personal life, or career? Many people will experience this feeling occasionally. Developing achievable goals is one of the best methods to deal with these unwanted thoughts.

Setting goals can keep us motivated and help us track our progress as we work toward improving our mental health. One of the healthiest methods to set these goals is through therapy. You will work with your therapist to develop goals and learn while going through the process.

Ready for a better you in 2023?

Therapy can improve your well-being whether you have problems that you need to address right now or simply want to ensure you’re starting the new year strong. I am based in Brooklyn and operate virtually in New York and New Jersey. If you are hoping for a new you this upcoming new year, consider therapy to help you have a better 2023 — Click the button below to schedule a free initial consultation. I'd love to learn more about you and help you in determining your next steps to ensure 2023 is everything you want it to be.


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