I write this story because I think it will help others. Here we are at the end of January. Many people suffer from the winter blues and it may be worse because of the pandemic. I always thought I was one of them. For many years from January until the end of March I would get down in the dumps.
Then I started to learn Reality Therapy and my life was changing. I understood I had the ability to take control of my own life and not let things just happen to me. I was making so many positive changes in my life I got a little frightened. I had so many realizations about how unhappy I had become. I asked my family Dr to refer me to a psychiatrist back then.
Yes, I was working as a counselor and I knew I needed to do something. I wanted the ideas of Dr. William Glasser validated by another psychiatrist. What happened was I learned that from January to March I was experiencing some post traumatic stress syndrome. You see, when I was 10 my little brother who was 8 passed away with Leukemia in February. Every year my family would grieve his loss.
This was a gift to me because it was totally out of my awareness that my body remembered that year after year. Once I became aware, I was able to take more charge of my life. Even after all these years, it still can creep in, but I soon realize what is happening and I change what I am doing.
After three sessions, that psychiatrist assured me that what I was learning was indeed valid and that Dr. Glasser was a world renowned and respected psychiatrist. I was also told to keep doing what I was doing as a counselor because I was helping so many people.
Dr. Glasser went on to develop Choice Theory which explained why what we were learning and doing with Reality Therapy made such a difference.
On this Bell Canada Text day (a day in Canada where Bell Canada makes a donation to Mental Health for every text we do), are you taking care of you? Right now, in the midst of a pandemic these ideas are more important than ever.
If you would like to learn more about how I took control of my life, join me as I start my next Basic Training, February 3,4,5. Registration closes tomorrow, January 29 but there will be more opportunities. Sign up here: www.choicetheorytraining.com or get my brochure, fees, etc and contact me directly.
Yours in growing awareness