By: Natasha Archary
Unathi normalizes going to therapy and talking about mental health with a #TherapyTuesdays post that has the women of Mzansi applauding her bravery.
Midday Joy presenter, Unathi is a woman who naturally spreads joy and her effervescent personality is infectious. So much so that one may have trouble believing that she was once in a very dark place, struggling to overcome depression.
Taking to social media this Tuesday, Unathi shared a very deep and honest post about how therapy helped her overcome her inner battles.
Opening up about the toughest year of her life, the singer, mother and media personality shared that she went to therapy every week from January 2017 to 2018.
“January 2017 – January 2018 I went to therapy EVERY WEEK. From January 2018 until now I’ve been going and continue to go every two weeks. My therapist has now become my life coach. She counsels me through all aspects of my life. Love, work, family, money, spirituality and everything in between,” the post began.
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Her therapist who she views as her life coach has now become an integral part of her life and Unathi continues to go to therapy every two weeks.
Depression had Unathi at the lowest of lows, where she was unable to even get dressed to make an appearance and used alcohol as a crutch to get by.
“There were times I would rock up in my onesie with slippers on and I’d throw a tracksuit over to seem as if I made an effort, which I clearly couldn’t at my lowest of lows. There were times I would rock up stinking of alcohol from the night before, I am sure I have sat on my therapists sofa still drunk from the night before. BUT through it all I knew I would love the woman I was working on becoming BECAUSE I knew she deserved to be happy. Which I deeply am today.”
There were many messages of encouragement from Unathi’s followers who thanked her for speaking out and normalizing the devastating lows that comes with life.
The Idols SA judge has always been vocal about her mental health and what it took to overcome the troubles within her personal life in the public eye. When everything was meant to tear Unathi down, she knew she had to work on her mental health, overall fitness and get into a routine that would push her to rise again.
She had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, which is no easy feat and attributes it all to her therapy sessions which helped her focus and prioritise various areas of her life including, family, love, work, money, spirituality and everything in between.
Unathi is a force to be reckoned with and she now stands tall and encourages people to normalize speaking about mental health.
“I could go on and on and on about the benefits of therapy. I also know that it’s easier for me to say because my father is a clinical psychologist BUT I just want you to know that you DESERVE to be happy. BUT you have to WORK on your happiness.”