The hero always has to face the monster, but what if facing the monster doesn’t look the way you think it does?
We all have demons in our closet, and if we want to live without them knocking all the time, we have to find a way to put them to rest.
Some we have to wine and dine and talk over a nice dinner, then there are ones we have to take out dancing and to a good show.
They don’t always leave for good, but it helps keep them quieter for longer, and give us more of a break.
Therapists are great for helping to teach us the best ways to quiet each and every one of them.
I’ve got plenty of demons, but they don’t come knocking quite so often anymore. The break from constantly battling them to function with everyday life is such a breath of fresh air.
If you’ve been on the fence about finding someone to talk to that can help you work through the tough stuff you don’t want to talk about, I highly recommend doing it. Seeing people struggle and thinking help is out of reach or choosing to worry about the stigma over wanting to heal absolutely breaks my heart.
It’s a struggle to watch people I love go through hard things and tough times and choose to say they don’t have time to see someone, to not prioritize their mental health is even worse.
You can‘t help people who don’t want to be helped, and would rather let things keep building and getting worse.
Medicine feels like an easy fix and so many people think it’s a replacement for talking to someone. Meds are only a temporary fix. After time they fade and don’t work as well anymore and you have to switch to something different.
Talking to someone helps relieve so much of the residual pain from struggles we trudge through, and yes, you can still take medicine while talking to someone for an extra boost and it‘ll help keep you level.
So, dance with your demons. Take them out to dinner, wine and dine them, go to a show. Do whatever you need to put them to rest so you can live in the present. The here and now with the ones who need you.