Talk, listen and reflect together
How much do you focus on your own mental health and well-being with others?
Are you often there for others, to offer a helping hand and listen as a support friend, family member or colleague?
If the answer is YES then that is great to hear and hopefully you have spent the week making a much deeper conscious effort to ask others how they are feeling? Making time to connect with people you may not have seen or spoken to for a while can feel awesome after all we are “social animals” according to Aristotle. ( An ancient Greek philosopher and scientist who wrote human beings are “social animals” and therefore naturally seek the companionship of others as part of their well being.) This human social dynamic includes building and maintaining intimate or close social relationships.
However we can from time to time feel under pressure from the demands of family, work and life commitments. Sometimes this can overwhelm us as we take on other peoples emotions or worries and you may find yourself going above and beyond to support others without too much thought about how this could impact on you. It’s great to be a supportive person but how do you get a healthy life balance so it doesn’t start to impact on your own mental health and well being in negative ways?
Give yourself a few moments to reflect on these questions;
- Do I listen to others and support them without sharing how I am feeling?
- Have I got supportive friends, family members or colleagues I can turn too myself?
- I’m I afraid of opening up because I have been let down in the past by others?
Reflecting on who you have in your own support network you can turn too when things get start to feel heavy for you is crucial to maintain a healthy life style balance.
I’ve been busy this week talking to new parents about my new role as a Parenting Mentor as well as welcoming new clients to my private counselling practice. The beginning of a new therapeutic relationship can feel very daunting as you may feel anxious about opening up and talking to someone new about how you feel right now. Sometimes you can access great support from family, friends or colleagues. However this isn’t always the case and on occasions you might choose to access support away from your support network for various reasons;
- difficulties communicating and expressing what you are thinking
- feel under pressure from others about a life event or situation
- need a safe place to explore past or present feelings
- feel you will be a burden on others
- explore your own experiences of new beginnings, loss, anger, or loneliness
This is where I am here to help so if you can relate to this post please feel free to get in touch and we can begin your journey of self discoveries and help you to make positive changes so you can feel safe to be who you want to be which will help you focus on maintaining a good balance of self care and mental health and well-being.
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