Especially the private ones from those of you who’ve also had a rough patch, and for the first time in a long long time, I feel like my old self again and stronger for getting through it.
Despite hesitating, getting professional help played a huge part in my recovery, as Gayelene (psychologist) helped me identify unhelpful patterns of thinking that where sending my brain into overdrive and wasting my precious energy.
I’d be doing all the right things (exercising, eating well, getting sleep etc) but to still fall into a heap forced me to open up to getting help, as I was out of ideas about how to get better.
Not long into our 2nd session, Gaylene handed me a sheet titled “Unhelpful Thinking Habits” and asked me to have a read:
“No wonder you’re depressed. You’re in a tough spot with retiring and the pandemic, and your mind is wasting so much energy thinking in ways that won’t help you get to where you want to go”.
Ruminating (or stewing) was another big one for me, and one many of us can relate when it comes to making a big decision in life. After missing our subscription targets, I was unsure what to do with Alfred, but Gayelene gave me simple steps to help get my mind unstuck and moving again.