In order to live according to your values, you have to know what they are first. Get to know yourself better and gain insight on why you are feeling unfulfilled with this simple exercise.
Whether you are working with your own self-harming- or self-destructive- behaviors, or with a client’s, it is imperative to validate that the self-harm has a function. Although it may seem contradictory, it is protective in nature. Honoring that the behaviors are protective is an essential step toward healing.
Do you find yourself feeling tired, sluggish, pessimistic about your job? Have you felt “the grind” doing wear and tear on your relationships, mood, and social interaction? Have you lost the motivation and drive you once had when you began? If so, you may be missing a key aspect of work/life balance called self-care.
Let’s get real here…depression does not discriminate. And, for that matter, anxiety, bipolar disorder, suicide, trauma, don’t discriminate either. Individuals from all age groups, gender identities, cultures, religions, races and social-economic backgrounds have depression… and, it is not something that should be a secret.