Men who saw a psychotherapist and reported stress and mental health problems saw a 13% increase in income the following year. Women in the same situation saw an 8% increase in income.
It is important to have someone to talk to. Even the most independent of us need a sounding board from time to time. Now there is evidence that talking to a licensed psychotherapist can increase your income. Having a more structured conversation is shown to help people earn more.
I see the benefit of talking about stress and mental health problems as a catalyst. With the mind less cluttered by self-doubt and indecision, it is freed up to achieve more. Henry Ford famously said, “whether we think we can, or we think we can’t. we are right.”
Our brains work very hard to do what we think. If we are focusing on the problems, it helps us by collecting even more problems. If we focus on solutions, it finds even better solutions for us. Having a professional help guide us, the results can be exceptional.
The study doesn’t share how many people landed new jobs. Job seekers deal with stress and an emotional roller coaster. Having a professional to talk with can help keep them on track.
Whether you are employed, unemployed or underemployed, think about including a mental health tune-up. You could be 8% to 13% better off next year.
What has your experience been?