The first step in recovery from mental illness is realizing you have a problem and the second step is seeking professional help. But is counseling really that easy to come by? The short answer is no. Let’s be real. Counseling can be out of most people’s price range. Even with insurance. Those co-pays add up
Now social distancing has been used to refer to how you conduct relationships with those who you feel may be toxic individuals to avoid future emotional injury. Social distancing differs from emotional cut-offs, which brings a finality to the relationship and does not allow for any exchange whatsoever. Social distancing is however different. Social distancing involves a partial emotional withdrawal of your presence in that person’s life with interaction but from a safe emotional distance.
I admit I am struggling with this. Radical acceptance is at best, radical. To just accept bad things as they come and resist the urge to fix it is hard. I may seem calm on the outside, but my dream life has been turbulent letting me know my subconscious is manifesting my fears for me. However, I am trying to push through despite feeling that I got to do something. I recognize that’s my anxiety talking and that what I need to do more than ever right now is practice faith and recognize that whatever happens is what was always meant to happen.
I envy folks that have the level of confidence to be lone wolves. Being alone but never lonely comes with a sense of confidence that you can be in any situation and thrive. A feeling of pure uninhibition and ruthless optimism. Not caring what others think or feeling shame about being out alone but a sense of certainty that you will master a new situation.
I recently received EMDR for a traumatic childhood experience. I wanted something that was evidence-based that didn’t require me to talk through the gruesome details of the trauma (although I did anyway). The therapist was a good fit (much younger than I) but a great sounding board for me since we also ended up having discussion on my current life issues. I felt safe with her and comfortable sharing very intimate personal struggles and it was nice to have someone listen to me for a change.
I want to have a conversation. Not just talking about self-care because been there, done that. What I wanted to discuss was that moms with special needs kids ensure that they pay special attention to their mental health so that they are pouring into themselves as much as they are pouring into their kids. However,
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