Therapy is…what? I did a feature on instagram recently, spurred on by a post about spending 10 minutes looking at the seaview at my local beach. I just stood there, listening to the sound of the waves, feeling the cool breeze on my face & smelling the salty sea air. It was a moment of pure calmness. It was therapeutic. All around me just faded away into insignificance. It was wonderful. So I did a feature for my followers called ‘Therapy is…’.
Therapy is ‘treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder’. I think we’ll all agree with that. Obviously, the treatment is usually talking to a professional, in a room, on a chair or couch.
But therapy can mean so many different things for different people in their day to day lives and I wanted to find out more about that from my followers.
Here are a few comments I received:
- ‘I’m happy with a stream or river, surrounded by trees, grasses and a bit of wildlife’
- ‘Therapy for me is any moment I can shut off and be in my head for a little while’
- ‘Running is my therapy’
- ‘The sea is calming and my kind of therapy’
- ‘Exercise, either at the gym or walking’
- ‘Therapy is either the water or the mountains!’
- ‘For me it can be as simple as cuddles with my child on the sofa’
- ‘Indulging in my favourite treat, some me time and a good ol’ cuddle of your loved ones’
Is amazing how many people say that being outdoors is their kind of therapy. Whether that’s by the sea, in the mountains or in a forest. I think being outdoors can put things in perspective. Most of us are consumed by our day to day lives and routines which for me is sitting in an office for 8 hours a day so getting outside, breathing in the air and taking in the view really is therapy for me.
It seems that therapy for most people is the small things, the hugs from loved ones, indulging in a favourite treat, exercising. It’s recognising the things that make us happy or make us a better person and continuing to do them.
I have had therapy, I’ve sat in a room and talked to a therapist and it has benefited me massively. Talking to a professional makes you understand why you feel the way you do or why you think the way you think. They can provide the answers to a lot of questions. But in our everyday lives we need to take responsibility of our own therapy and we need to do what makes us happy.
I make an effort to have some ‘me time’ everyday. It could be going for a walk, sitting in a quiet room for 10 minutes, getting up 15 minutes earlier than usual so I can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee before getting ready for work. It’s those moments that help me get through the day. Like I said, it’s the little things.
Why don’t you have a think? What is therapy to you?