HA! Got your attention didn’t I? Wouldn’t that be great? Just take a pill and *poof!* All is right in your world. So many of us search for an answer – that quick fix – to help us live happier lives, to feel more fulfilled in our careers and personal lives, to eliminate negative emotions (i.e. sadness, worry, anger), and prolong those good-feeling, positive emotions (i.e. joy, peace). We want what we want, and we want it NOW!
On some level, we have a knowing that there’s no such thing as a “magic pill,” but that often doesn’t stop us from seeking that ever-elusive quick-fix (i.e. retail therapy, alcohol/drugs, eating the whole bag of Cheetos/M&M’s, the anti-depressant we see advertised during the evening news, insert your go-to quick-fix here _______________).
Knowing that a quick-fix is not available can be a hard pill to swallow (no pun intended), but there is hope! There is something you can do that can help:
- Increase your perception of well-being in your life
- Increase gratitude
- Increase self-esteem and self-worth
- Increase focus and productivity
- Increase positivity and health within your relationships
- Increase your ability to deal with conflict
- Increase your ability to relax and manage stress
You CAN achieve these things…buuuuuuuuuuut you have to do the work. It’s called “therapy.”
Working with a therapist affords you the opportunity to examine patterns in your life. To lay out your struggles, your worries, and your wounds, as well as your hopes, your dreams, and your strengths, all the while in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space. It is not the role of the therapist to tell you what you “should” do, rather the therapist acts as a mirror and sounding board to help you discover your own truth and your own solutions. The therapist can assist you in developing a toolbox of skills to better cope with life’s challenges. As our amazing Nurse Practitioner Daryl Ross always says, “Skills before pills.”
Yes, psychiatric medication can and often does offer relief from intense symptoms; however, if you’re still not getting the results you want in your life, consider giving therapy a try.
What do you have to lose?