It is only in recent years that more people have given serious consideration to dealing with mental and emotional health. In a hectic place like Singapore, or any large metropolis, stress is a constant, and pressing matter that often negatively affects millions of people. These high stress environments where people are expected to perform and live up to expectations of material success has caused a generation of people to suffer in silence.
Your mental and emotional well-being helps to determine your quality of life, your happiness or misery, your future outlook, and can be the cause of any number of health problems. It can manifest as physical ailments like sickness and pain, and it can lead to distress and depression. When it affects your outlook on life, it can trickle down to other areas of your life, sapping joy and happiness out of things.
These things often get dismissed as not needing to be dealt with because it’s not a real condition or it’s simply not serious enough. It’s for this reason that for some people. counselling is thought to only be for people who have serious issues that they need solved. The reality is that counselling can and does benefit anyone, regardless of the severity of the condition.
Improvements to your physical well-being
One of the side effects of counselling may be improvements to your physical well-being. When people are hurting emotionally or mentally, this sometimes manifests itself physically as illness or ailment or pain. Counselling allows you to express yourself and to address your issues with yourself; and when your concerns are given an outlet, it can have positive knock-on effects, resulting in an increase in your physical well-being.
An easier time coping with every day life
We often don’t think about how many things we have to deal with and consider on a daily basis. All these tiny considerations can weigh us down and when everything is going correctly, it’s not a huge problem. However, when things go wrong, one small daily activity failing can lead to another failing, and it could spiral out of control and end up frustrating and stressing you out. As a common occurrence, this is made all the more difficult when you have other unresolved mental and emotional issues weighing on your mind.
Counselling allows you to clear your mind, and emotions of these burdens, giving you ample room and capacity to deal with life as it happens; good or bad.
It can help with addiction
Addiction is more common than people think. People are addicted to spending, coffee, alcohol, sex, their phones, or gambling. Many times, these addictions negatively affect us but we ignore the problem until it is too late. Quitting “cold turkey” is not always effective or even the best way to deal with addiction. People relapse because the problems they have that haven’t been dealt with are still there. Counselling is an effective avenue of treating addiction. Specifically, it allows you to deal with and confront the issues that may have lead to the addiction.
Counselling provides an array of benefits for our mental and emotional well-being, which should be paramount in a complex, fast paced society. It does not help us to physically progress forward but emotionally we trail behind our own progress. Our emotional and mental quality of life, and piece of mind deserve attention.
Join us at College of Allied Educators to learn how you can unlock your innermost self to find success and happiness.
Diploma in Counselling Psychology (DCPSY) is a Skillsfuture counselling course (claimable) covering a range of conceptual and functional skills in counselling. It trains students to apply appropriate counselling psychology skills in different situations, and equips students with the ability to work effectively as a counsellor.
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (PGDICP) is a counselling psychology course accredited by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). The part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology programme focuses on developing and enhancing experiential knowledge and skills through a holistic approach. Some of the subjects covered include Counselling Children, Addiction Intervention, Crisis Intervention, and Family Therapy.
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