Working in the mental health field I meet patients from all walks of life. From clients with marriage problems to individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Each day is new and different, but each day I learn something.
So, whether you have a therapist or not here’s some free, “Advice From Your Therapist”:
- Reading self-help books doesn’t make you weak. It makes you stronger.
- Take your own advice. You give great advice to friends, why not use it for your self?
- Laugh at yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, it’s not that serious!
- Learn your faults/flaws. If you don’t know what they are you can’t “fix” them.
- Sit with Silence. Don’t fill in silence because it’s uncomfortable. Wait and what you say will mean more.
- Taking medication doesn’t mean you’re, “crazy”. Normal people suffer from anxiety and depression and medication helps.
- Listen for what they’re not saying. Sometimes the elephant in the room is easy to identify based on what people don’t say.
- Watch body language. Our verbal communication is much less important than our non-verbal.
I try to use all of these tips in my day to day life, both in my work with patients and at home. It’s amazing how much they’ve changed the way I think about myself and others. Fortunately you don’t need an expensive therapist to practice mindfulness. But if you need an expensive therapist, give me a call ;-) Do you give good advice to others? Do you “take” your own advice?