Written by: Brady Johnson Published: March 2nd, 2022
Lesson #5: Be mindful of how you are feeling
Being mindful of your feelings one of the most important aspects of life. Knowing when to ask for help is essential to enhancing your overall wellbeing.
One of the hardest things we as individuals have to do is ask for help when we are struggling. The first step is actually recognizing that you need help and the second step is being able to tell someone this. Life can be demanding and most of us feel like we need to put up this facade as we walk down the street to show people that we are doing well. But it is ok to not be ok.
I am someone who has struggled in the past, I am someone who has felt like there was no way out for the hole that I have dug myself. But there is always a way out. Once you get out it is very easy to slip back into that hole. Therapy has been a constant in my life for the past month or so. I started seeing a therapist around the end of January and every week it has been something that I look forward to.
In therapy you can be yourself and tell your own truthful story. You are not fabricating anything in order to protect yourself or your reputation. It is just you and one other person who you know you can trust. It’s certainly nerve wracking at first but after you finish that first session, I can guarantee that a sense of relief will come over your body.
As strong as you might think you are, no one can figure out life by themselves. In todays day and age, there is no stigma around seeing a shrink, it’s actually quite commendable, to know yourself and know what’s best for your mind.
I was quite skeptical when I first made the call to a therapist because of how most therapy sessions are over zoom. As hard as that can be, it’s still human to human connection, and that’s powerful. Some would say that it is even better because it is less nerve racking.
I do understand that therapy is not for everyone, sometimes it's best to talk to your friends and family, to tell them how you are really feeling and how you need some advice on a particular subject. Being honest about how you are feeling is essential to becoming comfortable with who you are as a person.
Being mindful is not just about being able to recognize when you need to see a therapist. It is about recognizing your feelings toward something in particular and making adjustments as necessary. Maybe you haven’t been in the right headspace lately and you know it would be better if you just stayed in tonight and watched a movie, recognizing that is important. What always helps my mood is seeing my dog, as silly as that sounds, my dog is like my own source of therapy. I can hug my dog, talk to her, and go on walks with her, and when I do I always have a smile on my face.
Everyone is different, knowing what is good for you and what is hurtful to your mind is important. No matter how much more appealing the more fun activity might seem. It is important to have balance. To know that you are someone who can only go out once a week while other people go out two times a week. To know who you are is powerful.
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