Today I Went to Therapy

I’ve only been going to therapy for less than a year, but when I realized that I am still sometimes in my head, I knew it was time to get a second opinion. This is the one activity that will cost you a little more than $50. The good news is you can start small. You don’t have to see a therapist every week right away. Once or twice a month might be enough. But the trick here is to remain calm and budget for it.

Budgeting for self-care in the form of therapy/counseling is definitely worth it. I go twice a month because I lead a busy lifestyle. I don’t regret making this decision because I know that having someone listen to me and remind me to put myself first is exactly what I need. Afterall, I am sitting here telling everyone else to do it. So who is going to do it for me? At the beginning of 2018, I knew that I wanted this on a regular basis. I wanted it to be a consistent part of my adulthood.

I didn’t want to be left behind in my relationships or stagnant on my personal goals simply because I couldn’t get past my emotional baggage.

Truthfully, I’ve found too many benefits in getting counseling. I’ve learned how to be practical about my personal goals and not overwhelm myself. I’ve learned how to find balance between desiring to be an overachiever and being at peace with my current pace of growth. I’m learning how to walk away from situations that only cause me stress. I’m learning how to speak up for myself. I’m learning how to enjoy my life too. To me, this is a game changer.

So now the question is, how do you feel about this idea of therapy/counseling? Are you willing to talk to a complete stranger to help you sort out your thoughts and decisions? Do you truthfully need an unbiased point of view to help you navigate situations? Do you constantly feel stuck? Do you simply just need somebody to listen? Are you constantly in your head like I was?

If you answered yes to any of these, I highly recommend starting the process today on finding a therapist. Some offer sessions on a sliding scale. You may even find someone who is under your health insurance coverage. Searching and “testing out” a therapist might be the first step toward obtaining the mental clarity you need. And in addition to your newfound self-care practice, you’ll be living your best life in no time.

Until Next time, Pledge to Self-Care
JoAnna ☮️

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