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Dear Hanah


Monday, August 20, 2012

Dear Hanah,
Going to a counselor is not the end of the world. I'm impressed that you walked out and then returned. You know if your having that caged feeling it's better to get to the bottom of it. So what if you need some meds for a while, aren't you tired of struggling? I am.

You did loose 2 pounds yesterday, so it does show if you do the things you need to do every day it pays off in spite of yourself.

Your Hubby wanted to give you a treat for following through on the counseling, hmm well you could of said NO. But you didn't. China Buffet, has some healthy choices, glad you had some of them emoticon!

You did have a healthy breakfast, you did exercise and today you did counseling. You have come along way baby! You didn't stay in bed.

Off you go emoticon, hang in there,
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LINDAK25 8/26/2012 9:06AM

    Sorry I didn't see this earlier! I'm thrilled that you lost two pounds!

I'm sorry you're struggling. Counseling can be hard sometimes, in fact, it feels like it gets worse before it gets better. You have to look at the things you've been avoiding and face some truths about yourself that aren't always easy to face. The thing is, it really does help. Sometimes it's only a matter of changing your focus, just like here at Spark People. You are making such wonderful progress taking care of yourself and getting healthier. You might find the medication makes all the difference in the world for you.

I've come to believe that working your way out of depression is similar to what they suggest here at Spark. Just take small steps. Set reasonable goals. This really works for me. My mental health goals started off with:

--Find something that makes you laugh in a positive way, every day. This was hard for me to do, but Spark has helped me to do this.
--Find joy everyday, something your grateful for or that touches your heart or soul. Maybe a sunset or your grandchildren laughing or your husband stopping to rub your back and tell you he loves you.
--Be kind to yourself.
--Take a moment every day to thank God, and tell Him you love him, too.

I know they sound simple, but other than the last one, these are not always easy for me to do. Hang in there!

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TANYA602 8/20/2012 10:53PM

    Hey Hanah Sunshine!
You are making some strategically strong moves. Way to go with the weight loss!
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And seeing a counselor, as IMSOOZEEQ says, isn't such a novel concept. I hope you have found someone you can trust. I've been on estrogen for a year and I'll tell you - there is nothing like feeling so even-keeled.
I hope that you know we are all cheering you on in this new and next stage.
Keep the faith, dear friend

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A-NEW-TARA 8/20/2012 10:44PM

    emoticon Hanah, you are right, counselling is not the end of the world. I've had counselling myself and have been on meds before. Having a place of non-judgement to just get it all out and on the table so that I could look at it and deal with it was life saving. I'm so glad you are going so you won't have to continue to struggle, I'm proud of you. If you ever need to talk to somebody that has had counselling I'm here for you.
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EATVEGAN 8/20/2012 9:36PM

    I know a man who struggled with anger and bitterness his whole life (over 60 years) and one small pill turned him completely around. The first time he woke up not angry, he couldn't believe it, but it continues. I'm not saying that is your problem, but sometimes meds are exactly what you need. Wouldn't it be silly to wait until you're over 60 to do something? I know you won't do that. God bless you as you work this out. emoticon
Janet

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RG_DFW 8/20/2012 9:28PM

    Hang in there!

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/20/2012 9:01PM

    Dear Hanah,

How brave you are. Just remember that you aren't the only one to ever go to counseling. It is the best thing to get to the bottom of what is bothering you. You are making great progress Sunshine. Keep going!!! You can do it. There are so many of us here that love you!!!

Chin up my dear! Show me that beautiful smile!!! emoticon

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IRISHANGIE1 8/20/2012 6:53PM

    Dear Hannah,
You have had two terrific days, yesterday with the weight loss, and today was awesome for you!!!...you went to counseling, got rid of a little of that garbage that we all have stuck inside us, emoticon , so you might need some meds, big deal, you take them when you have a sore throat or a fever...just think of it as your emotions have a sore throat and a fever and need a little medicine to get you feeling better emoticon !!!

Oh, and Hannah, thanks for coming over for dinner, I just hate eating alone!!!

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BRENJET 8/20/2012 6:24PM

    Dear Hannah, I too am so proud of you. You are brave, strong and wonderful! Every day in every way make the changes that help you to REALIZE your bravery, strength and beauty! Congrats on a job well done!

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