#42 On the couch…

Today’s new thing was counselling. This isn’t the first time in my life I’ve asked for some help, but definitely the first time in a long time.

I thought very hard about whether my first ‘new thing’ post for a while should be about something so personal, but then I thought (the way as I often do before making any major decision in my life) ‘fuck it’. This is my blog, so why shouldn’t I be honest, and why should there be stigma around seeking help when you need it?

In the last few years I made a few major decisions, that I’ve had a hard time adjusting too. Most recently I changed jobs and cities for a reasons that I thought were good, but turned out actually weren’t what I expected. I’ve been in a period of self doubt about the decisions I’ve made, and indecision about what to do in the future, and I just realised that I needed to take action.

I’ve got some great, supportive friends that I can speak to, but sometimes you know you just need to speak with a professional to get some clarity.

And it was fantastic. While there’s a lot more work to be done, in just the first session I felt a weight had been lifted, and a lot of my self doubt eased.

The ins and outs of what was spoken about will remain private, but I did learn some interesting things;

  • That an abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is absolutely normal.
  • That you should trust your gut feeling. If something doesn’t feel right, then most likely it isn’t right.
  • Self respect is a minimum.

Let’s see what happens next! In other news, I am restarting the Gratitude Diary – one of my new things last year – to help focus the mind on the positives.

For the first step to self improvement – 5 out of 5 stars 

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