Joanne Gilhooly - Psychotherapist & Counsellor - Dublin City - B.A. (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Gestalt, MIACP
Dublin Counselling and Psychotherapy Blog

Start where you are...

 
Counselling in Dublin City Centre
Start where you are...
 
Use what you have...
 
Do what you can
 
~ Arthur Ashe
 
 
 
 
We all have challenging days, so here is a three step check-in that might be useful when it feels like its all getting too much:
 
1. Slow down and check in with yourself. What's happening for you right now? What are your thoughts? Your feelings? What's happening in your body?
Are you stressed and tense? Frustrated? Anxious? 
Notice where you feel the tension, anxiety etc.
 
Be kind to yourself, no matter what your experience is right now.
 
2. Notice your breathing. Is it fast or slow? Deep or shallow?
 
Just notice it...
 
Stay with it for a minute or two, and notice if it changes. There is no need to try to change it, just notice if it changes by itself. If it doesn't change, that's fine too.
 
3. Ask yourself what you can do to help yourself right now. Just listen to yourself - what can you do? Try to leave aside the things you can't do, and focus on what you can do.