This is all about YOU.
Life is stressful. We worry about other people in our lives, or dwell in sadness about the circumstances we find ourselves in. What is happpening around us can be overwhelming. We often try to “just get through the day”. One struggle after another, events beyond our control, and it gets exhausting. People we care about often aren’t much help – and as much as we try, we usually can’t change other people.
Good News! You can change yourself. Sometimes the pressure of a stressful life builds up after a while. We think we are doing ok, but find old coping skills don’t work anymore. People we used to get along with, are now creating chaos. We try to solve problems on our own, but sometimes life becomes too complicated. Individual therapy can give you the tools you need to learn to cope with stress and deal with challenging relationships.
We often get caught up focusing on everybody else – forces outside our control. The boss makes us miserable. Our spouse drives us crazy. Kids have a lot of needs. We try to make others happy, but often we don’t have time or energy for ourselves. We get worn down.
Society rewards this focus on other people. Bosses love it when you sacrifice everything for the company. The corporation loves a martyr for their job. Kids enjoy being doted upon, spouses love being taken care of. Friends love it when we do them favors. Organizations are always looking for volunteers. Some of this is good, but too much and we get depleted.
There is a lot of bad stuff out there! Turn on the tv, and the news is all negative. Work is nonstop. Illness and injuries happen – our bodies rebel against us. The house is always falling apart. Natural disasters are a daily occurance. The world can be exhuasting. Because of this, people tend to go into a shell. Depression and Anxiety set in and it gets worse the more we isolate.
Old coping skills stop working. We can try to cover emotional distress with workaholism, non-stop activities, substance abuse, distractions, entertainment, staying busy. Escaping with unhealthy habits can be fun in the short term, but we can become self-destructive in the long run. If we don’t face the things that are really bothering us, then they rise to the surface and cause more problems later.
Sometimes we throw ourselves into nonstop activities and caretaking for our families. However, people we care about begin notice that we are unhappy, that we never do anything for ourselves. It gets harder to focus on work or school. Health problems get ignored and get worse. It can’t just be about everybody else, not all the time. It’s time to take care of you.
There is a way out – Counseling can help! There is a way to deal with all these external forces. The key is focusing on you. When we change the focus to what we can control – how we think about the world and how we choose to react, then life is more manageable and things are not as overwhelming. If we take some time and spend some energy on self-care, then we start to feel better. Whether it is stress, sadness, anger, pain, grief – there are proven strategies that work.
Individual Therapy is an opportunity to focus on YOU. Start therapy today so that life doesn’t keep getting harder. There is no need to struggle alone. Sometimes these things are just too hard to face by ourselves. Individual therapy can help! Not only do you deserve this, but it might be the BEST thing you can do. You deserve a healthier, happier, stronger you.
Call me today at (720) 315-0123 or fill out the contact form below to start creating a new approach to living.