Just like physical health, keeping yourself in psychological fitness is challenging for some people... And I am definitely one of those people.
Recently, an incident occured at work which has caused me a great deal of distress. Crying, panic attack... The whole shebang. I ended up needing to go home early on Thursday, and nearly didn't go in on Friday either. Friday morning, I woke up and I knew that if I didn't go in to work, the issue would appear to be my Mental Illness, and in this situation, it really isn't.
But I'm still very affected.
That is why, on Friday, I made an appointment for today with my Psychologist. I knew that this was something that, while I COULD probably deal with it on my own, I would be FAR better off seeing a professional. For a tune-up, I guess.
That got me thinking... I realize, a dangerous exercise!
Why does therapy seem so... Taboo? Why does it still seem like a last resort for so many people? And, (and I know you knew I was getting around to this!) why does it seem like people just don't SEE the connection between Mental Health and Physical Health?
When I get to my goal weight, and have maintained it for a couple of years, I would like to start... I don't know. Advocating for Mental Health in connection to weight loss. Telling people that sometimes the first step to getting physically healthy isn't changing the way you eat, or getting in more exercise, but learning coping skills and self-esteem. The physical changes can only last so long if they're set onto a shifting base.
I know that it's possible that I may sound like a broken record, and I'm okay with that. This is something I believe in strongly, and I will keep saying it.
And now, I'm off for my tune-up.