Views on mental health and wellbeing have come a long way. Sure, there’s still a lot of room for their improvement, but society in general it’s becoming more and more aware of the need to treat their emotional afflictions like they would their physical ones.
It’s only logical. Would you just wait for an open wound to heal itself? How about a broken bone? Some things require professional assistance and emotional first aid is very much needed. Seniors, of course, aren’t excluded.
Psychologists are professionally trained precisely to offer this kind of help. Long gone are the days in which people believed that therapy wouldn’t work on seniors. Nowadays, psychotherapy can lend you a hand with all sorts of issues. The most frequent ones for seniors are:
- Emotionally preparing for retirement.
- Eliminate harmful beliefs about aging.
- Diminish symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Manage feelings of loneliness.
- Encourage independent living.
To make a long story short, the answer is yes. Yes, psychotherapy can aid the elderly and provide them with new tools to make them enjoy life, be independent and deal with whatever unresolved issues they may have. This doesn’t mean talking about childhood drama though– therapy can be dynamic and focused on action taking and problem solving.
Another very important thing to consider is that you should never confuse asking for help with a sign of weakness. Some seniors are afraid of reaching out because they fear being perceived as vulnerable. If this is your case, remember that, without exception, every single human being on the planet needs help. Nobody’s perfect and you know it.
Fortunately, more and more seniors are stepping out and seeking emotional and mental guidance. It’s our philosophy that we always have the ability to learn new things, and allowing yourself to experience psychotherapy, gives you a great opportunity to learn things about yourself.
There’s no reason for you to go through hard times on your own. There are kind, professional people who have spent years training for this, people who care.
If you’re feeling blue, anxious or unstable in general, why don’t you give them a chance? It’s a win-win.
It’s easier to get caught up in the craziness that surrounds us and we can (sadly) forget that there are ways to manage and reduce our pain. If psychotherapy doesn’t resonate with you, consider visiting a certified life-coach, an occupational therapist or other qualified professionals.
It’s never too late to help yourself.