As you're scrolling through your favorite social media today, take a deep breath and pause. Pause for your loved ones. Pause for your own well-being. Pause for people who are strangers to you today, but may need your kindness as you interact with them.
Many of us (myself included) tune out what's going on in our lives by tuning into social media. But it's important that we are in tune with the satisfying and the challenging aspects of our lives. So pause and think on these questions: What are you experiencing that you don't know how to address? Are you experiencing an increase in anxiety and not sure why or what you can do about it? Are you feeling depressed and silently carrying it around by yourself? How is what you're experiencing impacting your relationship and how are your relationships impacting what you're experiencing?
Take a deep breath, and challenge yourself to notice what you may be (understandably) attempting to tune out. As a therapist, I have the privilege of helping people address the challenges in their lives. And more often than not, people struggle alone for weeks, months or years before reaching out for professional help.
If I could offer one piece of advice today, it would be this: Don't wait to get the help you need. The sooner you address issues, the easier it is to resolve them and start heading in the direction you want to go in your life and relationships. Marriage and Family Therapists are available all over the country and are trained to help people with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationships, conflict, intimacy, life transitions and much more. Marriage and Family Therapists are trained in systemic, or relational, therapy and believe that throughout life we exist in a number of relationships that directly and indirectly impact our well-being. Our relationships with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors influence and create our individual experience. Watch the video below about how Marriage and Family Therapists can help you navigate your journey.