Take 10 minutes and go for a walk. This is one of the suggestions provided by my therapist today. I think it’s important to share this with you for two reasons:
- It really is important to go for a walk, even if it’s a short one.
- We need to mention therapy more often. If we talk about it, perhaps it will become more normalized and people would benefit from getting help when we need it.
Although some of our conversations have improved, and we encourage “others” to talk about mental health (think about #BellLetsTalk Day), we rarely discuss our own mental health. There are a variety of reasons for this, including social awkwardness and the potential of sharing too much information. I get it. There’s a time and place for everything. But where and when do we have these conversations?
So, I’m having one. Actually, I’m having a few. Last week, I asked my doctor about therapy, and he was more than happy to book a referral. Until then, I learned more about my workplace EAP (Employee Assistance Program), and had my first over-the-phone session this evening. Surprisingly, it went rather well, although I had been disappointed that there were no face-to-face options for our area.
What are your thoughts about mental health? Do you talk about it? Are there people you feel more comfortable talking to? Have you talked with a therapist? Have you benefited from using your EAP?