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As they say, there is always a bright side to every bad situation, the lockdown period made more people slow down, self-analyze, and realize the importance of mental health in everybody’s life. Dealing with changes in lifestyle and culture has been quite challenging for many people. Too many competitions, expectations, and desires kept people on their toes and brought in a lot of stress too. Slowing down helped people realize that they should focus more on their overall health. Though everybody is now familiar with the terminologies like “mindfulness” and “work-life-balance”, the practical implications are still a struggle. Knowing is always easier than doing, isn’t it? But one gets to experience the positive changes only when they start applying them in their own life!
For every difficulty we go through in our life or every problem that we face, we already have the possible solutions within us. What could be stopping us from seeing that or in converting what we know into action? Sometimes it could be our super-fast lifestyle or lack of self-analysis or the difficulty in converting our intentions into actions. Or it could be the overload of emotions/thoughts which brings in a lot of constraints as well. Won’t life be so much easier if we all can overcome this and start facing the problems more confidently? Recognizing areas where we need to make an extra effort might itself need some self-understanding or thought provocation. Well, if you are reading this right now, you have already taken the first step towards easing it out.
The roots of all our problems are often connected with areas where we fail to recognize or manage thoughts/emotions/behavior. If we can identify and process it better, the solution to our problems flows automatically. This process of identifying and working on our own hidden issues and challenges often gets difficult when we need to do it by ourselves. Of course, we all might have a good circle of friends or relatives to discuss our troubles with. But it is quite possible that they might get burdened with our issues or might get us carried away with additional emotions from their end. Sometimes our problems might become gossip for another person creating even more disturbances in the mind. This is where we can get a little support from a counselor who will be able to stimulate new perspectives, empathize with the problem, analyze the issues without one’s own emotions intervening it and do so while maintaining confidentiality.
Counseling is a talking therapy where the individual and the counselor create a comfortable safe space to discuss the issues or developmental areas. It is a continuous process of understanding the root causes of the issues and finding ways to deal with them. The counselor focuses on empowering the individual to manage the possible root causes better such that it becomes easier for the individual to handle any future situations by themselves. It is not necessary for an individual to face some challenges to come for counseling. Sometimes the issue could be completely vague. In such situations, the counselor tries to understand the individual’s current state of mind and stimulates their thoughts to identify the issue by brainstorming along with the individual.
As our personal life, social life, and professional life are interconnected it might be challenging to ignore personal problems while trying to focus on work. Often when we try to distract or ignore a problem, it starts getting accumulated instead of fading away. The accumulated problems are the ones that burst out in various forms (anger, irritation, sadness, etc.) in unexpected situations. Hence, it is very much recommended to always recognize, process, and sort all kinds of issues then and there rather than ignoring them. Now that it has become much easier to reach out to a counselor, it is better that we sort out all kinds of issues at their initial stage itself. Sometimes when we try to work on a particular issue, another hidden issue might get revealed and resolved over the course of the counseling sessions. Hence, it is also important that we take up the follow-up sessions regularly until we heal ourselves in a holistic way.
A little bit of increase in focus on oneself can make a huge difference in terms of increasing the quality of life. So, let’s try to slow down a bit, take a pause, understand what’s happening within us, and work on tuning it up for the betterment of our own self and our loved ones. We are all social beings dependent on each other for different kinds of support. Hence, it is completely alright to reach out to a counselor to enhance our mental wellness for any issues. After all, we all are on the same mission towards creating a happier and healthier community.
Anyone associated with GS Lab | GAVS may reach out to Akshayaa at Akshayaa.firstname.lastname@example.org and discuss their personal and professional challenges with her.