It is not easy seeing a loved one struggle. Whether it is your friend or partner or parent or child, you want to be there for them, you want to support them, help them feel better. Caregivers are all too familiar with the helplessness, anger, fatigue, frustration and even the temptation to ask them to ‘get over it already’! Relationships often end up as collateral damage in the wake of depression. It doesn’t have to be that way though!
If this is your first time in counselling, the time till you start your first session is a mix of excitement, intimidation and anxiety. Knowing what to expect will help to put your mind at ease and also to make the most of your therapy sessions. Here are 10 things to keep in mind before your first counselling session.
I am going to share one of my most basic self-care checklists with you today. Something that does not require you to put aside any time to follow. Keep this checklist handy and answer five simple questions any time you feel stressed/ upset/ irritable or low on energy and motivation.