By: Kristin Woodling, LMHC
Do you recall how good it feels when you vent to an attentive friend about something that is bothering you, and before they give advice or offer their opinion, they just say “I understand what you’re saying and that stinks!” When someone is able to simply validate what we feel, it can take weight off our shoulders. It often empowers us to let go of toxic anger, frustration, or resentment that otherwise would have continued to boil within ourselves. Now take that experience and imagine sitting in a group that not only is willing to validate your feelings, but has shared a similar experience and truly “gets it!”
This year, Pamper Your Mind is kicking off a series of support groups that will meet once a month to offer validation, insight, and inspiration. Many of us will set new year resolutions related to our physical or emotional health, but many will strive to reach their goals on their own. What if this year you switched things up and allowed a supportive group of people to lift you up, keep you focused, and hold you accountable to long-term change? Sustainable change is not easy. Why do we deny ourselves support?
For starters, walking into a new support group is not always easy. It’s pretty common to feel anxious about sitting in a room full of strangers to discuss very intimate parts of your life. In my experience, that anxious feeling lasts about five minutes before it is replaced by an overwhelming feeling of relief that you made the decision to attend. Not all support groups are created equal. What I believe makes our support groups effective is the intimate setting (less than 10 women) and the professional facilitation. You are never forced to share anything you are not comfortable sharing. You can participate as much or as little as you prefer.
The groups that we will be introducing in January include the following topics:
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Neglected Daughters-Life as an Adult
- Mothers of Children with Special Needs
- Healthy Body Image
- Coping with Infertility
- The Caring Step-Mother
I want to encourage local professional women to use these groups to assist in their long-term goals for health and well-being. You’re not alone in your challenges, therefore you don’t need to navigate them alone! Contact 321-209-4796 for more information and to reserve your space.