You may be wondering what I mean by the title of this post. Sometimes, the necessity and urgency of treatment can feel a little less important than other things that go on in our lives. Unfortunately, it’s often seen as the less important thing in comparison to everything else. School and work take precedence. Cheerleading, sports or meetings become more important. It can be a hassle scheduling and keeping appointments sometimes with everything else going on, or maybe everything else just exhausts you and you feel you don’t have the time or energy for treatment. This is a problem.
Your treatment needs to be your priority. Why is this? Because by putting treatment first, you are putting yourself first. That may feel like it’s the selfish or irresponsible thing to do. However, I promise you that it is the best and most crucial thing. If your mental health deteriorates as a result of skipping sessions or not attending weekly sessions (or whatever recurrence your therapist recommends), you will not be putting your best effort into work or school. If you’re struggling with an Eating Disorder, you may need to be benched from performing sports because of your health sooner than you think.
I understand that work, school and extracurricular activities are also important. My argument for saying that treatment is more important is because treatment is for you and your mental health and well-being. If you don’t have that, how will you continue to be doing your best in other areas of your life and how will you truly be available to be there for your loved ones?
If you’re in treatment, ask yourself if you’re fully committed? Are you attending your scheduled sessions and seeing your therapist atleast on a weekly basis? Are you doing the assignments your therapist asks in between sessions? If your answers are yes, great! Keep doing what you’re doing. If not, then ask yourself what could you do differently to make you and your treatment your priority? If you’re not in treatment currently, do you think that you could use help, but feel it’s just not the right time or maybe other financial obligations seem more important than paying for treatment? Let me tell you now is the right time. There are financial options available to you so that you can get the help you need. By paying for treatment, you are investing in your health and you are investing in yourself.
If you don’t know how you are prioritizing treatment into your life, ask yourself this question; would you recommend the way you are prioritizing treatment in your life for a loved one? If you would wish it would be a higher priority for them, then that tells you that you need to make it a higher priority for you right now.
I hope you found this post helpful! Please share with anyone else who could use hearing this. If you have any questions, concerns or requests for future posts, please leave a comment or message me privately.
I wish you willingness to commit to yourself on your journey to finding your State of Balance!
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