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I went to therapy for the first time.
I’ve needed to do it for a while and finally made the leap after experiencing bouts of anxiety within the last year.
With a therapist, you can speak at length about YOURSELF, while someone listens to you, all with the sole objective of your self-improvement!! How often do you get an opportunity to talk about yourself freely and not feel guilty or self-centered? Exactly…
If you think you need additional support with whatever’s going on inside you, consider talking to someone who’s trained.
As much as our friends and family love us, they’re not qualified to listen intently, analyze, AND provide objective feedback/suggestions.
They’re just not. And that’s okay because they weren’t trained to do so. That would be like asking your friend to be your personal trainer just because they go to the gym alot, even though they have no experience in training people.
During the session, I talked for nearly an hour straight answering questions along the way about everyday life happenings like work, relationships (parents, friends, partner), exercise, my dog, etc.
At the end, my therapist pauses, looks me in the eyes, and proceeds to sum up all my ranting by matter of factly stating: “It’s like…you’re trapped.”
Ah ha! That was it. I was frustrated by feeling trapped in a lifestyle I had created but wasn’t happy with. I was blocking my own blessings and then acting like a victim.
Coming out of this first session, I vowed to take back control of MY LIFE and remember each day that if something is affecting me, I can change it.
If I’m feeling out of shape, then I can exercise.
If my work commute is weighing on me, then I can move or get a new job.
If I want to save more, then I can get a higher paying job or cut expenses.
(Real life examples, btw).
Not everything can be solved overnight and not every solution is easy to come by. Sometimes it takes extra effort, energy, patience and perseverance. But, at the end of the day, everything that we do and all of our circumstances are within our control. Feel empowered to get out of your own way.
As I go through this new journey being in therapy, I’ll be sharing my experiences. Subscribe below for updates on new posts. BTW, the photo is from my recent travels through Morocco.