When to ask for help

Written by Amie on April 3, 2009 – 12:32 am -

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Growing Personally

A friend of mine recently commented on how much I have changed over the past few years. Sometimes I don’t realize how much I really have grown. It felt good to hear it from someone else. I felt proud of myself for the progress I have made. The more I talked with my friend, the more I thought about when it was that I decided I needed some help dealing with my thoughts and feelings. At first I couldn’t really remember when I made the choice. I went to therapy before having kids 11 years ago, but honestly, it didn’t help much. She put me on Prozac , and we sat there and talked. Not helpful! So, I stopped the Prozac when we agreed I was “better”, and I went on my way, thinking wow, is this as good as it is going to get? 

Reaching Out For Help

After my kids were born, I had a serious awakening to the fact that I could go against the norm, and raise my kids in a nurturing, gentle, respectful way. This caused some depression too, until I found others who were parenting the same way my husband and I were parenting our kids. I felt unsure of this style of parenting only because it was different than what I knew. In my heart, I knew it was the right way for us.  As my kids grew, I would have some periods of depression and then it would subside. I was up and down a lot. 

Finding Support

About three years ago I joined a women’s group that focused on personal and spiritual growth and healing. Another wake up call. I hadn’t realized how much I desperately needed support from other women. I also had no idea that I had things that needed to be healed. I thought the way I felt was common to most people walking around (which, in all honesty, it probably is, because there are many people who never reach out to get the help they need). I believed that the way I felt would be for the rest of my life, and that there was just something wrong with me. There was nothing wrong with me, I just had some issues that were lingering within me that were causing me to feel depressed because they hadn’t been dealt with. Also, situations would arise with my kids that would bring up suppressed emotions from years ago. I never saw the connection. 

Therapy, homeopathy, meditation

Once I found support from a group of women that were on a similar path, and I found an incredible therapist who was coming from a healthy place herself, my healing really began. I also started working with a homeopath, which really accelerated my personal and spiritual growth, and my overall healing. I also started meditating, which has become an integral part of my life. There are many other tools help as well, especially dancing and moving my body.

Ask for help

I wanted to write this to encourage others to reach out for help, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are feeling depressed, sad, anxious, extremely angry, or exceptionally negative and resentful, it really might be beneficial to you to get some help. It is also possible that you just know you don’t feel good, but you aren’t sure why. Sometimes, just talking to a trusted friend can help. There may be other times when a professional or a group setting will help. For me, I was just really tired of feeling crappy all the time!  As always, I am here to share my experiences hoping to help others. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments. Remember, we are all connected, so when you are feeling bad, there are so many others that are too. We are never alone!

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One Comment to “When to ask for help”

  1. bmpotts Says:

    Amie could you share with me the womens group you are in?

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