Take 10 Minutes

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:

  1. It really is important to go for a walk, even if it’s a short one.
  2. 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.

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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.

 

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i love therapy. therapy is the best goddamn thing i ever did for my mental health. i treasure all of it, the hard moments, the scary moments, even my bad therapists managed to teach me something in the end. therapy still has a stigma around it. sometimes when i’ve mentioned to someone that i attend therapy, they ask “why?” get that uncomfortable look, and i sense their gears turning, trying to figure out what’s wrong with me, haha. “because i’m mentally ill and i’m working on myself”, i say. sometimes it gets awkward, but most times it opens up some real, vulnerable conversations. i love when that happens. so i always make a point of saying “i’m off to therapy, i’ll be back in two hours”, when i left school or work to go to an appointment. because that’s what i do if i have an appointment at my dentist or physician, and there’s noting unusual about that, so why should therapy be any different ? i’m proud of the steps i take in therapy, i’m proud to see progress, even if it’s slow. therapy is cool 🌈 • • • #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #psynligt #nostigma #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #schizophrenia #eatingdisorders #bulimia #anorexia #ptsd #borderline #bpd #ocd #bipolar #bipolardisorder #anxiety #depression #pain #chronicillness #adhd #art #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #comic #crazyheadcomics

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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?

 

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2 Responses to Take 10 Minutes

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  2. At several times over the course of my career, I went and talked to the therapist at our local JEAP office. It was wonderful to have someone to talk to who wasn’t personally invested in whatever situation I was discussing with her – not a friend or family member – and who I knew would keep whatever I told her in strictest confidence. Whenever I was working with new teachers as part of the NTIP initiative, I always told them how helpful I found the JEAP services, so they would know that it’s okay to use them. It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of self-care.

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