Whether you are struggling with physical pain or have been diagnosed with an illness there is no doubt that there will be an impact upon your life as it is now and perhaps on your future depending upon your condition. In these stressful times GPs are coming across medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) of illness and pain suggesting that stress is the cause, these symptoms can still be very real and distressing. It is well documented that pain and depression are linked scientifically see my article on pain here. You might even be caring for a person who is struggling due to illness or injury and feeling quite overwhelmed yourself at times.
Coming to terms with being injured or diagnosed with an illness can really take some time to get your head around. You might feel angry and upset at what has happened to you and have thoughts such as “why me”? Your life as you know it can come to a sudden stop and you may have to make decisions about work, relationships and your future. Feeling overwhelmed, dis-empowered and like you have no control over what is happening to you would not be unreasonable.
Counselling can be really useful for pain and illness in many ways. Learning to manage your pain using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and/or Mindfulness in Counselling are just two of the ways in which you might start to take some control back. Taking time out to adjust to your new life and explore with your Counsellor what it means for you personally and your future. You can use your Counselling to share your distress, anger and sense of loss. It gives you the space and the freedom to talk about how you feel about what is happening without feeling like you are distressing those who are caring for you. You may learn new coping strategies whilst you are on your journey.
Whatever is happening for you and however you chose to use your counselling the journey towards feeling empowered starts with small steps. This often involves doing something different than what you have done before and your Counsellor can help you explore what this might need to be in a safe confidential environment.
Relax in quiet, discreet surroundings, Reflect on your issues in a calm confidential environment, Rethink your situation and move forward in a way that is right for you.