Juggling the demands of work and family life can be a challenge. We spend so much time trying to keep on top of urgent deadlines, essential admin and appointments at work. Then after an often stressful commute, we have to plan dinner, care for the children, keep the house tidy, help with homework and manage family appointments. We might also have elderly relatives to look after, exercise routines to squeeze in and maybe a little social time with our partners and friends.
It is no wonder that our minds get cluttered and we are constantly thinking about what’s coming next, rather than focusing on what’s happening in that moment. It is also unsurprising that things can sometimes get on top of us.
Tales of the Unexpected
The real problems often arise when something unexpected is thrown into the mix. We can just about keep all the plates spinning until we receive a big bill that stretches our finances a little too far, have a serious illness or death in the family, go through a divorce, face redundancy or get bullied by a work colleague.
At this point, the problem can seem insurmountable. Our minds are so full and our time is in such great demand, that finding the clarity or energy to see how to move forward is impossible. Family and friends can provide support at this point, but there can be great value in seeking the objective support of a professional counsellor.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Whilst it may seem difficult to find the time to attend counselling, the process can be exactly what you need to tackle the issue. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of counselling that allows you to commit time to work on the issue. In a confidential and supportive environment, you can focus on your situation, pay attention to it, explore the impact it is having on you and consider ways of moving forward.
With many of the same principles that are used in meditation, or mindfulness, the challenge can be easier to deal with when you can focus on it without distractions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy allows you to gain a realistic view of the issue and how it is impacting on other aspects of your life.
You can build an understanding of your priorities, as well as things that can be put on hold or delegated to allow you time to deal with these priorities. The counsellor will ask questions that help you to explore the issue, so you feel empowered to take actions that will help you to deal with the current situation and find your way out of the predicament.
This could be the first time you have considered counselling and you may feel unsure about whether it is right for you. If you would like to learn more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Amersham based Cognisant PDC is happy to provide further information. We have helped many people from all walks of life to overcome the challenges that life presents them, we can help you too.