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It Is OK Not To Be OK

In conversation the other day, a friend and I were discussing the use of anti-depressants in society. I want to start by saying that there is nothing wrong with taking or being prescribed anti-depressants and helping to find balance within oneself, but there seems to be this growing need especially among young people for a “fix-it” pill. If grades are slipping, if someone isn’t their usual self, or maybe someone is nervous about their future, it’s all too common that medication will be suggested. Many times all we need is to just have some time to sort it all out within ourselves and to know that we are surrounded by safe, loving, and supportive people while we do it.

its-ok-not-to-be-ok1In case you are one of these people who just doesn’t feel ok, please know that IT IS OK NOT TO BE OK! Don’t put yourself in a box, don’t hold it in, don’t feel like you have to run away. We all need to allow ourselves the time and space to be sad, angry, upset, confused, or scared without feeling like that is somehow not allowed. One of the most beautiful things about being human is that we can have these emotions and be completely aware of them.

If and when your emotions take a more than usual lasting toll, or bring really negative and uncomfortable thoughts to your mind… talk to someone, reach out, make it known that you are not OK. Come talk to one of our therapists here at Sanctuary Counseling… don’t feel like you have to hide and medicate who you are because others feel uncomfortable about your raw emotions. After all, they are YOUR emotions. Feel them, experience them, address them, and embrace all that makes you, you.

Sending love and positive thoughts your way, always.

 

Inner Peace and Freedom: Don’t Take Things Personally

Some of the stress and anxiety we feel may come from taking things too personally. Don Miguel Ruiz, the author of The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom says:

“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.”

Put this message somewhere you will see it on a consistent basis; post it on your fridge, tape it to the dash of your car, or put it under the clear plastic section in your wallet so you can see it whenever you open your wallet. Do a Google search for this statement and save it and make it your computer screensaver or wallpaper on your smart phone…

Believe me, the more you practice not taking what others say and do personally, the easier it will become to not let what others do and say affect you personally. And even if another person actually takes a personal shot at you, who cares? One person’s opinion of you is not a consensus.

So don’t stress it and just let it go!!!

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