The growth in popularity of self-care has spawned a slew of Instagram influencers, self-help gurus, and fashionable hashtags, shows, and songsit makes embarking on a mental health journey seem like the best thing that has ever happened to you. And it's possible! However, getting to the point of a life-changing breakthrough can take a lot of self-work. And this is often where people seek help via therapy.What most people don't tell you is that, while therapy can be transforming, it can also be really difficult. Healing will not occur immediately, and the life-changing insights and breakthroughs that we seek will not always seem pleasant. Things might occasionally get worse before they get better.Don't get disheartened if you've just started therapy or if you've been on your road for a while and haven't seen any results. We asked people to share their therapeutic breakthroughs to demonstrate how different they can be over months (or even years!) in therapy.We've got five people who offer their finest advice and most essential lessons learnt in therapy. If you're feeling down or unmotivated, these words of encouragement can inspire you to stay on the path to recovery. Because managing your mental health will be difficult at times, but it will be worthwhile in the end.*names have been changed to protect their privacy.1. You shouldn't harshly judge your current self based on how your past self behaved.