You’re more likely to be productive or learn something new at certain hours of the day. If you need to see a therapist for your mental health, then using those hours for therapy may be the best use of your time.
As the Huffington Post explains, sessions with a talk therapist or psychologist where you need to digest and process your thoughts involve a lot of mental work. If you go into those sessions well-rested during your peak hours, you’re more likely to be able to learn and process what you need to get something out of therapy:
It’s not about whether or not you’re a morning person or a night owl, study author Alicia E. Meuret, a clinical psychologist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, told The Huffington Post. The new data suggests morning therapy sessions are aided by higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that our bodies naturally release throughout the day…
“There is already good evidence that learning is facilitated in the morning. There is also good evidence that cortisol facilitates learning,” she said. But this study is the first to suggest that your morning cortisol boost may also help you better face ― and deal with ― your fears and anxieties.
Of course, everyone varies a bit, so if you’re not so coherent at 8AM, but you hit your stride at noon, consider going a little later in the day. Regardless of what specific time you go, it’s a good idea to head to therapy while you’re at the top of your game, rather than when you’re worn out.
The Science-Backed Reason To See Your Therapist In The Morning [Huffington Post]
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