A few years back - I found myself stuck in a mental rut. Years of deep rooted family issues came to a peak - job insecurities and financial roller coasters, striving for perfection in a life of constant failures as a parent - balancing marriage, work, and community - internal pressures I placed on myself.
As a result, my mind was in a constant state of noise - without peace or passion - not living only surviving. I knew I was not walking in the freedom God so desires for us as His children. Physically I was healthy - strong - active - however, my mental health was dwindling. I kept asking myself ( and my community)- why can’t I get over it? Where is this coming from?
I truly gave a good effort with all of MY power - which only caused more frustration. I needed more - I deserved more - my family deserved more - I wanted LIFE- Joy - healing - hope.
I made the call. I reached out. At first, I felt as if counseling couldn’t possibly help me - it was not for me - it was a label I did not want. However, I wanted to move forward, and this step was my next.
After only one hour - one session- I was more aware than ever of all that I was constantly processing and how it was affecting my spiritual and mental outlook. I was stuck. God had brought me to a place where in order to move forward I had to go back to allow healing and to process.
Years of suppressed hurt from a divorced family and unhealthy boundaries within family had brought me to a point of exhaustion, failure, anxiety - I had to learn - to retrain - to work new brain muscles to fight these tendencies. Through counseling I was led through healing prayers - God’s truths and love were spoken over me in new, life-changing ways. His constant presence revealed. Healing began. I could see freedom - Hope was renewed.
Your story may not be my story. Your needs not the same as my needs. But without a doubt - I know your mental health is as important to you as my mental health is to me. Our thoughts affect our lives - our families’ lives. God desires for us is to live in His freedom - in His constant peace and love.
Counseling is a journey from which I have been able to see constant growth in myself. I am encouraged along the path God has laid out for me to live my best life. I am proud to say I see a counselor. I urge my friends to do the same. I have placed my middle school son in counseling before his first crisis. Why?
Because our mental health is crucial. It gives us life over destruction - joy over hopelessness - love over fear.
Thank you to Ivey Broxton for sharing your story with us.
6/24/2020 11:57:58 pm
Wow. This is a great read. I find it surprising to learn that a counselor can help you understand what you're going through mentally and give advice on what you can do next. My friend lost her special someone a month ago and up until now she's still feeling down, and it's affecting her office productivity. I'll share this with her and suggest that she visit a counselor soon.
3/24/2021 05:57:29 pm
I like how you said that a person's mental health is as important to them as your own health is important to you. Everyone thinks independently. We all see life in a different way so mental health can be more important than physical health at times.
6/11/2021 01:31:52 am
I am in complete agreement that it is important to seek the right counseling when we need our mental health checked. I appreciate that this post mentioned the importance of mental health counselling. I will look into the therapist's qualifications when I need to hire one.
I love that you talked about how you have a lot of growth in yourself ever since the counseling. I will share this information with my sister to convince her to get one. It's because she showed signs of depression after the toxic relationship of her ended this year.
11/16/2021 11:25:20 pm
It helped when you mentioned that it is important to seek support as it can help you in many ways possible. A friend of mine mentioned to me last night that he is hoping to find support as he is experiencing issues with his family members and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that talking to a counselor can be a good help.
12/21/2021 09:24:29 pm
It got me when you said that an hour of counseling service was able to help you become aware of your spiritual and mental outlook. With that in mind, I would love to try that kind of service for myself by next year. It might help me become more stable mentally now that I have been feeling anxious most of the time for the past month.
5/2/2022 05:20:33 am
I was captivated when you shared that counseling affects your spiritual and mental outlook. My friend is going through a lot due to failed relationships. I should convince her to try mental health counseling since it can help her move forward.
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