- It was well worth the money spent to buy great sneakers with special insoles for my high arches because of the resulting decrease in pain.
- It was necessary to see a specialist who was able to assess my feet in order to determine what the problem was that was causing me the pain.
- An awareness of the condition of my feet resulted from taking the time out to take care of myself.
- I learned how to properly support my feet, consequently decreasing physical pain in my knees and hips.
- I have gained a greater enthusiasm for running and love putting on my sneakers now because they're so much more comfortable than any other pair of shoes I own, and I know I won't be hurting after I take them off.
So how does this all translate to the world of Counseling and mental health? I see direct parallels between an instance such as this which involved a physical need, and the psychological needs that we have. If an individual, couple, or family is unable or unwilling to identify that there is a problem, then they are not going to take the step to get help. In direct comparison with the sneaker experience:
- People often do not want to spend their money on taking care of themselves, but the rewards can be endless and extremely effective in helping to alleviate psychological symptoms, behavioral problems, relationship difficulties, and improving overall quality of life. How can you really put a price on that?
- Sometimes people do not know exactly what is wrong with them, they just know that something is not right. They may not have a name for what they are feeling or experiencing, and their friends and family may not be able to understand or help them either, therefore, a mental health specialist can be very helpful.
- People get so busy with the daily grind that they do not take the time out to really take care of themselves, whether physically, mentally, spiritually...
- Having the tools to alleviate symptoms is crucial in feeling better, and a therapist can help with discovering and applying the tools needed to decrease or eliminate symptoms, change negative behaviors, or improve communication in relationships.
- Taking care of oneself and having the correct tools to make a change can immensely increase an individual or family's quality of life and relationships. A new enthusiasm for life can be found due to receiving support and learning new ways to cope.
You may want to ask yourself these questions in order to figure out if you could use a professional to talk to:
"Is there something that has been bothering me that I could really use someone to talk to about it?
"Have I been feeling kind of "off" lately and want to feel like my normal self again?"
"Have I been feeling down, anxious, or overwhelmed lately?""Isn't it worth the investment of time and money in order to feel great and improve my life?"