CBT and What It Taught Me

CBT and What It Taught Me

Mental health is such a scary word. Remember when you were growing up and mental was one of the biggest insults you could have thrown at you! You’d imagine a person in a straight jacket being carted off to a big mental hospital. I think for me this is why I struggled on for so long. I didn’t want to be told I was mental and I was scared that my child would be taken away from me!

Let me assure you this is not the case at all. Since being a part of the blogging community and being connected with so many like minded parents I have realised just how talked about mental health is. This is such a positive thing because I remember feeling so isolated at the time and thought I was the only person to have ever felt that way! I have wanted to write about my experience but whenever I sit down to do so, I cannot find the appropriate words to describe exactly what went through my mind and how I felt.

So instead I will tell you about the things I learnt in CBT and how they helped me.

I suffer with anxiety

It wasn’t until I started CBT that I discovered that actually the main cause of my PND was anxiety. Just having a reason behind the way I was feeling helped. It helped me feel less like a failure as a parent.

I am good enough

The way I was feeling was absolutely no reflection on me as a person or a parent. Once I looked deeper into my feelings and the reasons I felt that way I realised I was worth of some me time!

I am in charge of me

I went into CBT expecting the therapist to fix me. When actually I am in charge of fixing myself! You have to be willing to put in the work and use the tools they provide you with.

I am not cured

As above I am not fixed and I don’t think I ever will be. But by understanding anxiety and that it is a part of my life, has helped me to keep it under control. Even when my anxiety is sky high I have the tools available to me to cope and if ever I don’t – I know there is help!

I will be okay

Although feelings of anxiety are crippling I do know I will be okay. Because I do suffer with anxiety, but I am good enough and I am in charge of me!

I hope by writing this it may help someone somewhere to get the help they deserve. If like me you are feeling isolated I will always lend a listening ear because YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you do want someone to talk to my inbox is always open and you can find me on FacebookTwitterInstagram or you can email me.

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8 Comments

  1. October 18, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I love this post so much! I suffer with anxiety too & really struggle on a daily basis. This is a fab post & I’ll be coming back to read it when I need reassurance. Zoe x

  2. October 18, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Thank for raising awareness and allowing for a safe space for your readers to reach out if they needed to talk. Mental Health awareness is so important and empathy and love goes a long way when it comes to helping others x

  3. October 18, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Great post. It’s really important for mental health to spoken about openly so well done you. And its great to hear CBT being spoken about in a positive light too x

  4. October 18, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    My husband was in a bad place a few years back and was enrolled in a CBT course and he says he was it was one of the most positives things he’s had ever for his mental health.

  5. October 18, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I did CBT through work and found it really interesting. I have had depression on and off for 25 years, but never had any treatment/ therapy before as the few times I have been to the GP they weren’t helpful. I was referred to CBT through work occupational health, but at the time of my sessions I didn’t have my depression. It was interesting to work through the ideas and understand what some of my core values.
    So many people have mental health problems, there is still a lot of stigma, but the more we talk hopefully the less stigma there will be.
    I hope you keep battling your anxiety and the CBT keeps helping you

  6. October 18, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    You’re doing amazing lovely. So glad you’re feeling less isolated too, I definitely agree and the more people that talk and document their journeys just as you are, they more people will feel as though they can talk and aren’t so engulfed.

  7. October 19, 2017 / 11:52 am

    I had CBT about 10 years ago and it has made such a difference. Well done for raising awareness and offering support to others

  8. Everything Mummy
    October 19, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Love this! It’s so good to hear peoples positive experiences because getting help can be so daunting. I have battled with anxiety for years and I have thought about looking into CBT.

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