Elvis said it; Sly & the Family Stone said it as well: “I want to thank you for letting me be myself, again”. Gratitude goes beyond being polite and thanking others. When was the last time you said “thank you” to yourself? When clients come in to talk (i.e about feeling disconnected, stressed, numb, etc.) it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring awareness and appreciation into the room. Awareness? Appreciation? Yes...you read that correctly.
It’s important to recognize and appreciate how our bodies tell us something “isn’t right” or “is off”. If we didn’t see things as issues causing us discomfort, pain, or as truths about who we are, we wouldn’t seek out treatment for things that aren’t bothering us!
So it’s about time you give yourself A LOT of credit (and brushing your shoulders off) for being YOU.
Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW is a board certified mental health professional in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.