Healing Expressionism and art therapy. This month we’re covering the topic of “Life After Therapy.” What can you do to ensure you use effective coping skills? How do you stay positive when life suddenly throws a new obstacle at you? Will you revert back to negative coping or will you remember your tool kit in your time of need? We know, this is a lot to wonder. And for some of you, may strike up a bit of anxiety. Whether you are recently (or not so recently) out of therapy or you know the end of your sessions is approaching, start thinking about the positive ways you can cope.
Coping through journaling. This month we’re covering the topic of “Life After Therapy.” What can you do to ensure you use effective coping skills? How do you stay positive when life suddenly throws a new obstacle at you? Will you revert back to negative coping or will you remember your tool kit in your time of need? We know, this is a lot to wonder. And for some of you, may even start to poke at your anxiety. But that’s why we’re continually here to support you. Whether you are recently (or not so recently) out of therapy or you know the end of your sessions is approaching, these tips can help you reinforce the great progress you’ve been making!
Letting go of judgment. Have you recently stopped therapy? Perhaps you’ve just finished a program. Or maybe you’ve been coping well and don’t feel the need to continue. The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is how you approach life, now that you’ve completed therapy. In this “Coming Out of Therapy” series, we want to give you advice on how to live the best possible life with the skills you’ve learned. Let’s take the coping skills and self-awareness and apply them so you begin to thrive. Today, we are going to talk about the most crucial tool you have: Letting go of judgment.
Exposure therapy. I’m sure you’ve heard the term before. But what does it entail exactly? For starters, exposure therapy is a psychological treatment. And it was developed to help people confront their fears. We tend to avoid the things we are afraid of. The fears could be objects, specific activities, or even situations. Avoidance may work in the short term. However, in the long term, the fear may become worse.
Have you ever felt parenting shame? Picture this. You’re sitting in the middle of the living room. On a floor with toys strewn about and yesterday’s Gold Fish Crackers crushed into the carpet. Your oldest is crying because your middle child won’t stop licking him. The baby just finished eating after crying since 2am. And then proceeds to vomit all over you. But that’s ok because you haven’t showered in 3 days anyhow.
You can’t remember the last time you saw your best friend. Adult conversation has become more than a perk. But it’s an ongoing, deep-rooted need that you can’t seem to find time for. Tears well up in your eyes. And the parenting shame fills your chest as you question every decision that lead to this moment. “Why did I ever decide to have kids?!”
And then the oldest scoops the youngest up and tries to teach her his favorite game as your heart melts and a freight train of guilt slams into your gut.
Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Bethany Hatton. Bethany, a retired librarian with 32 years of experience, created PreventAddiction.info after her oldest grandson became addicted to opioids. Though she discovered there is no guaranteed way to prevent addiction; she was able to find many helpful resources that can keep the public up to date on the latest prevention, addiction, and recovery information.
There’s an old maxim about drug and alcohol abuse which says that a substance abuser has to hit rock bottom before the process of healing can begin. Many experts in the field of addiction treatment, as well as former substance abusers, dispute that claim. Rather insisting that an individual who has a strong personal support system can make a real difference. It can be very difficult to convince someone to seek treatment for addiction. But it can be done before a loved one bottoms out. It just takes extra love and patience. It’s important to try to make a loved one understand that addiction is a chronic condition. That this is something they will battle for a long time. And that there’s no shame in seeking help for such a persistent and dangerous condition.
As we enter this last week of the month, so too comes the conclusion of our Body Talk series. We’ve discussed listening to our bodies. And we learned how to nourish it with whole, nutrient dense foods. Last week we dove into the topic of exercise and appropriate rest. And sure, these concepts are great and dandy in theory. But making them a part of our every day routine is a bit of a challenge. Which is why for this last week, we wanted to cover a topic of much greater significance. Body Talk: self-love and acceptance.
Welcome to this week’s Body Talk Conversation. To catch you up to speed, we’re talking all things “body”. Two weeks ago, we jumped straight into “Listening to Our Bodies.” And last week we discussed the not-so-fun-to-talk-about-topic of food. Why are we doing this again? We’re so glad you asked! The goal is to get us a bit more comfortable talking about and understanding our bodies. We how difficult this topic can be. I know a lot of us are constantly on guard when the topic comes up. But all bodies and every body should be celebrated. We should love this vessel of life. We should cherish it and nurture it as best we can. Because let’s be real, at the end of the day, our bodies are one of the only things guaranteed to us in this life. So to continue on, let’s dive into the next topic: The Body and Exercise.
This month at CPA we’re talking everything to do with our bodies. We’re calling this little crash “course” body talk. And the goal is to get us a bit more comfortable talking about and understanding our bodies. I want to reiterate once more that I know how difficult this topic can be. I know a lot of us are constantly on guard when the topic comes up. We throw up walls and other defenses, hoping to change the topic of conversation as quickly as possible.
Body talk. I know. This topic is a tough one to discuss. It’s a topic full of defense mechanisms and guard. It’s tough to navigate. Or rather, it’s difficult in a tight rope sort of sense. One misstep, too much or too little transfer of weight, and you’re falling. Some of us only fall a little, yet there are others who wonder if they’ll ever hit the ground. It’s a topic that shouldn’t be this way though. Because, well, it’s the one thing truly carrying us through this life. This is why it’s time we have to start listening. What is your body actually telling you?