Things you might find helpful on your therapeutic journey:
Moderate/Minimise caffeine intake. Coffee, tea and chocolate can be temporary sources of pleasure, comfort and energy. In the long term they overstimulate the fight or flight response, amplifying anxiety, disrupting sleep, chronically depleting energy levels and depressing the immune system. If you have to, consume before noon to reduce interference with sleep.
Sleep. Get at least seven to eight hours if you can. Aiming to be in bed by 10:30pm is highly recommended. If you need to and can nap during the day, listen to your body and do it. Avoiding the stimulants of screens, alcohol and caffeine will greatly improve sleep hygiene. It will be worth it!
Meditate. It’s free and as a regular practice, will be one of the most helpful resources you will ever come across. You only have to do a two to three minute practice starting out. Here is one you might like.
Connect with Mother Nature. Even a ten minute stroll in the park can do wonders.
Yoga. A personal experience with a yoga teacher is highly recommended. In the meantime, there are some good resources online. Yoga with Adriene is one you might like.
Moderate/Minimise consumption of News, Social Media and Television. They are designed to be presented in as dramatic and stimulating a manner as possible. Heightening tension and amplifying fear. Just like caffeine, the fight or flight response is overworked. It was only ever meant to be activated on occasion, not constantly.
Enjoy more seasonal fruit, vegetables and whole foods. Let go of the processed stuff. This will take time as junk food has a comforting aspect and is designed to be addictive. The first step is to be aware of what and how you eat without judgement. This is where mindfulness and meditation can help.
Listen……to your Self. Deep inside, in the core of your Being, you already know what feels right and what you need. This inner Guide is available 24/7 if we connect with it. The things I’ve mentioned above to moderate/minimise/avoid, do an effective job of keeping us disconnected from our internal compass.
Difficult feelings and thoughts are natural. When it seems like there is no legitimate, safe space/way for them to be expressed and heard, that is when disharmony sets in. A simple conscious acknowledgement to yourself that you are having a tough time can be the first step in a powerful healing experience.
This is where Counselling and Psychotherapy can help too, with the therapist offering an experience of Deep Listening. Thinking and dreaming together with you about your lived experience, being present with and making sense of it all. This journey can be incredibly healing and liberating and in time, you will come to embody your Inner Therapist.
Wishing you Peace and Healing.