what's past is prologue
Shakespeare's The Tempest
Giving Yourself Permission for a Healthy Life
You deserve to celebrate happiness and joy.
You deserve to be validated when you are fearful or sad.
You deserve to be loved and to know you belong and thrive in life.
You deserve the space and time to heal and decide what you want to do in your future.
Others can tell you these things until they're blue in the face, but they are most meaningful when you are able to believe them as well. Things that we might look at to support this may include:
expanding use and practice of healthy coping skills
expanding your interactions with your support system
letting go of perfectionism
exploring acceptance and forgiveness
Letting go of Fear
Moving forward into a life of stability can be much, much harder than it sounds. When you've been living in chaos for much of your life, the concept of stability can sound serene, tranquil, boring, and anxiety-inducing. Many people I've worked with have described times of peace as "waiting for the other shoe to drop."
Learning to love the quiet
It is actually in the quiet moments that we are able to turn inward and identify what our deepest desires and dreams may be. We may explore several different skills to support your skillfulness being still with yourself to allow those desires and dreams to make themselves known, such as self-talk, anxiety management, meditation, journaling, or other mindful practices.
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Setting achievable goals
Sometimes chaos has been more self-sabotage, such as setting personal goals that are impossible or generally trying to be Super-Mom, Employee-of-the-Century, or the neighborhood martyr. We may explore how to set realistic and attainable goals through:
creating future templates for your life