Now…What are you going to do about that?
What are you going to do about your mental health…Change some aspects of your life now, so you can get better or not change anything & continue to struggle? You don’t have to do this on your own & some situations are difficult to change or get out of & so you can’t just dot it, but you can reach out to someone, seek advice & help.
I talk a lot about seeking help, my personal experience with it, how it changed my life for the better & I am starting to get more passionate about sharing what it means to pro-active & I feel this is the next step in our conversation 🙂
The very first step is acknowledging you have anxiety & or depression. That itself is pretty confronting but is so important because now you understand a bit better what’s going on with your feelings & thoughts. However, you may still not truly get it. There is a sense of relief in knowing where your mental state is at. So, once you acknowledge this, what are you going to do about it? Go on medication is usually the first thing people think of rather than seek help by talking.
Is very appropriate sometimes with depression, Anxiety & getting better. but you can’t just do the medication & not the therapy. They are a team, they go hand in hand, sometimes (depends on the person & situation). I am going to give you two examples in my video that’s coming next week on how it’s not always just one or the other,
1. Where someone made the choice not to go on medication (but did need it sometimes) & mostly relied on talking to a therapist &
2. Where they refused to seek therapy & just relied on medication.
These are both true situations with both people being very personal to my life & I am sure you can relate to one more than the other. So please, when you watch my video really pay attention to how their experience went with the choice they both made.
What does it mean to be Pro-active?
It means you are going to take positive action towards what you are feeling & what you have going on, despite how you feel towards seeking help. You just do it because you know it will do more good than harm. You know the struggle you will face in this journey of recovery, yet you move forward anyway.
“You make things happen rather than sit around & wait for things to happen”
The opposite of proactive is reactive.
“In order to be proactive you need to let go of being reactive”
It means that every single day you fight it, you fight the urge to say no to yourself.
Being proactive now in the present will influence your future greatly. So, are you going to be proactive or reactive?
How do you do be less reactive & more proactive? Blog coming soon…
What’s stopping you?
I understand, it can be expensive, but if you get your Mental Health Treatment Plan from a GP you can claim rebates through Medicare at HeadSpace,
The HeadSpace services are FREE, with appointments being bulk billed, there are 10 counselling sessions per year that are covered by Medicare when you have a mental health plan like I mentioned above that you need from a GP. However, you don’t need to have a mental health plan before contacting Head Space and coming in for your first appointment.
I look at it like this. If I want to go on a holiday or save up for something I make it happen despite the cost because I want it. Well, I wanted to improve my mental health, get help with my anxiety & depression, so I put aside the cost because this was something I wanted to achieve to better my future.
Lifeline is also FREE & you can access them via a phone call or they have a chat service.
Life is busyyy & you can get so caught up in everything that yes, it can be difficult to find time BUT like I was saying above, If (which it is!) its worth it you will make it happen. All you need to do is set aside an hour a month, a week or fortnight. You gotta make it happen. It’s setting an apt for yourself. I’m sure we all have apts or meetings we would like to avoid but we have to sit through anyway. This is that, its an apt FOR YOU.
Who needs to know? I mean really, You don’t have to tell anyone. This is something that you do for yourself by yourself. I personally had support from my family & partner which helped a lot so sometimes reaching out to those you know will support you can definitely help & also keep you accountable if you stop going or miss apts! There were plenty of times when wanted to stay home, not go etc & my fam reminded me how much it helps & that the times I don’t want to go are the times I need it the most.
What can I expect when I go?
The key thing that got you to seek therapy, talking about why you are there.
Reasons behind your coping mechanisms. We all have them but some are less obvious than others that have become negative habits over time
To find out more with what you are struggling with at the time, more about your past & current situation.
You can ask questions, Ask them about counselling & any queries you may have or had before going. Therapy goes both ways. You can’t just sit there & expect it to go well, you need to be open & honest with your feelings & thoughts in order to make progress, it’s not a one-time thing.
“You can’t gain control until you let go of control”
How can I prepare before my very first therapy session?
Writing things down can really help, especially if you have no intention of talking to the stranger sitting across from you who wants to help, So! writing things down takes the stress off talking. Focusing on key things you want to talk about, but be Open-Minded! You can’t predict where the session will go, & that is probably what worries you the most.
“Life begins the moment you step outside of your comfort zone”
You could also take someone supportive with you if you want & if it will help take off stress. I did, I took my mum to my first apt & that helped me a lot. You might be able to take someone with you, a partner, a family member etc.
Please send me any questions, I will have an anonymous question bar on my snapchat – becky_yusuf
Visit the headspace website or call 1800 650 890. If you are in an emergency situation or need immediate assistance, contact mental health services or emergency services on 000
Lifeline – 13 11 14