Finally Listening to Myself

I’m a very stubborn person. I always have been and I probably always will be. In fact, I’m so stubborn that just being able to admit that has taken years. In all seriousness, though, I think that there’s something different to be said about stubbornness when it comes to our well-being. We all think we know what’s best for ourselves and not much can change that. We sometimes even lose faith in the professionals that do know because we think “they don’t know me”. It’s a vicious cycle. For me, I went on for so long, ignoring my intuition, and thinking I knew what was best for my body, when I really didn’t. It wasn’t until very recently that I acknowledged that and took control of my well-being again.

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been taking steps recently to ensure better health and wellness for myself. I have been to doctors for things I’ve been putting off for years like getting a cyst removed and getting my “lady” exam. I’ve been trying to eat better and exercise more but we all know how that can go. In addition, I wanted to take more control of my mental health.

I had been seeing a therapist for years who I like and who continues to help me on my journey to be well. I had also been seeing a psychiatric nurse practitioner for around the same amount of time who I really did not like. She would ask me the same questions every time I saw her (as if she didn’t keep notes from prior visits) and tell me to do online dating because I needed to get married by the time I’m thirty (which is definitely not happening). In fact, the only reason I started seeing her was because I was going through a really tough time and I knew medication was the only option to help me through it. {Side note: I would love to write more about my journey with medication…let me know if you’re interested in the comment section below 😉} Anyway, after nearly five years of enduring these visits basically just to get a prescription, I was done. Within the past couple of months, I found a new doctor through my therapist and things are going really well so far. Her approach to mental health is different than I’ve seen before and is individually tailored to each of her patients’ needs. I feel confident that she will be a huge help in my wellness journey.

At the end of the day, we each have a different story to tell and a different road to take. There’s, obviously, no ‘one way’ to live life and we need to do what feels right for each of us. Thank you all for continuing to support my blog, no matter how inconsistent it gets…it means more than you know!

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