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Yes!!! Normalize getting help and continuing to get help!!! Love this. as a therapist, who also sees a therapist, i 100% agree, we need to normalize continuous work on our mental health
Yes, we need to normalized getting mental health help for sure. There is too much stigma surrounding this still and a lot of people keep things inside instead of seeking help. There is so much suffering going on that doesn’t need to because people (mostly men) don’t feel comfortable seeking help. Thank you for posting and I wish you well.
People talking about their struggles is important and it’s always nice to see others encouraging people to feel safe
Talking and therapy are always important!
Normalizing mental health is a must, it is vital that we make is the norm for anyone to get help and not feel less than for doing so. thank you for all that you do. x
Professionals, and any helper out there, also need help! Thank you for sharing this important reminder, especially as sometimes we can be tempted to see helpers as people who have it all figured out all the time… while really we are all human beings, and we all have to deal with the mess that life creates at times. Years ago, one of the first things I received throughout my social work training, was about the fundamentals of becoming aware of my own limits, as well as acknowledging my whole story. I remember doing this exercise of writing my own “life timeline” and adding to it events/memories that were fundamental to me, and shaped the way I am today. It was a tough, but also honest way to look at myself and understand myself better – why I wanted to help, what made me feel a deep sense of injustice, what I could or couldn’t tolerate… it is through a continuous practice of self-reflection that we can not only learn to serve others better, but also ourselves at the same time. Continuous work is entirely part of life, and as you said so very well it should be normalized a lot more! There is truly no shame for not having it all figured out, for wandering, for feeling lost, for asking questions, for hurting… These emotions that transcend us are a unique superpower that can connect us all together in a deep and powerful manner if we dare to look at it, and safely practice the expression of our vulnerability. We are not alone, we don’t have to be alone. There is SO MUCH beauty to reveal, unfold, nurture or even create when we start to look within and when we ask for help. One of the most powerful act of self-love I ever had to take, was 100% this: to ask for help. To not let shame, guilt or fear get in the way of living a more fulfilling life. These steps are scary, but they don’t have to define our future. Our voice doesn’t need to stay silent. We are worth it! – Thank you for sharing about your personal journey and for sending this encouragement to anyone who’d read your words. It’s a welcome and needed reminder. I wish you all the best on your path! <3