How the Heck Do I Deal with This?

By Joanna Barrett, LMHC

“There is nothing permanent except change.”  – Heraclitus

“Change is inevitable.  Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell

Navigating changes and challenges in life can be really scary and frustrating (I know those feelings). At times we may feel stuck, like nothing is moving in the direction we want (I’ve been there). Other times, it’s like a whirlwind of chaos swirling around us, and we’re just along for the crazy amusement park ride – complete with ups and downs, ins and outs, twists and turns (ugh, I know that nauseated feeling, too).

Between managing work and life (and pondering where the illusive “balance” is), dealing with complicated relationships (and all the resentments, guilt or shame, and same old arguments that go along with being human), and perhaps throwing in some self-esteem or confidence doubts (“Am I good enough/smart enough/worthy enough for: my job, my partner, my life?” – fill in the blank like a game of MadLibs), life can seem pretty overwhelmingly stressful at this point. 

Do you have any idea what you can do to feel better? Where can you start to make healthier choices and get on a smoother track? Do you even know what’s possible when you’re searching in the darkness for an unknown destination? Do you wonder how you can truly live the life you want to live?

Can you relate to some or all of this? If so, please know that you’re not alone! It’s so common to experience a slew of feelings in dealing with the day-to-day hassles. The stressors are real, but here’s the good news…. 

It Gets Better

Once you are better equipped to deal with your stressors, incremental changes won’t seem so overwhelming. True, change is not usually comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you need to be out on a limb by yourself way outside of your comfort zone.  

If you’ve done it the hard way in the past, sure, I trust you can do it again; however, I invite you to struggle less, be supported more, and have an easier time with life.  

As a therapist, there are so many practical tools that I can offer you, as well as lending a listening ear, offering validation for how you feel, and helping you problem-solve so you can live in a better way. You don’t have to be on this path flying solo, doing the same sh*t you’ve done before, especially if it wasn’t healthy or helpful.  

If you feel you could benefit from some support, I encourage you to reach out to me. I am here to offer you guidance in navigating life’s challenges. My exclusive online private practice can provide you with a comfortable environment to process your feelings and cope with stressors in order to feel better about yourself and your life.  

How the Heck Do I Deal with This?

  • Graduating high school and considering next steps
  • Graduating college or transferring programs
  • Entering the workforce, changing jobs or careers, or retiring
  • Moving to a new place or buying a home
  • Starting a new relationship or getting married
  • Becoming a parent or grandparent
  • A significant loss (the list is long: a job, breakup or divorce, death of a loved one, health issues, your role in your life, etc.)
  • Serious illness or disability – concerning you or a loved one
  • Anticipatory grief or having fear of future changes

Got something else? That’s okay, too!  

Please complete the New Client Inquiry Form on my website, and tell me what’s going on with you!   

June 14, 2023

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