As many of you know, I find therapy to be incredibly rewarding and helpful. I’ve pretty much had a standing hour-long appointment with my therapist every week for the past two years, and it’s been such a comfort to me and become an integral part of my health & lifestyle. My therapist recently had a baby and took a six week maternity leave, and I was so nervous at first that I wouldn’t have access to her for so long. The time has flown by, and I’ve really felt a sense of freedom realizing that I am also fully capable and complete on my own. Therapy no longer feels like something that I absolutely consistently need to function anymore, but it is because of the many lessons and tools that I have learned that I can continue to grow and heal.
I have such a beautiful and comfortable life, but it’s still constantly filled with challenges. Some are intense and overwhelming, some are minor annoyances, and some feel life changing. Whether these are challenging people, situations, or thoughts/feelings, it’s something we all must face and endure. Challenges often actually help us in many ways, too! One of the obvious ways is instilling in us perseverance and a strong, safe sense of self. No matter how bad anything has seemed in my life so far, I’ve survived!
I think one popular tip to handling challenges is to look on the bright side or try to find something that makes them seem less difficult/painful/annoying. This is definitely wonderful advice and a great habit to create. Recently though, I’ve been working on trying to reframe my challenges and it’s amazing how something that seems so negative can actually be the opposite.