There are several times a week I say the words, “I know it may seem hard to believe, but if you just try this, things will start to get a little bit better.”
There are many words of advice that I give people who doubt that the outcome can bring better results. Some clients have trouble trusting and resist. Fear of failure, the unknown, and getting uncomfortable constantly get in people’s way when in the recovery process.
My husband had knee surgery last year. During his recovery, his therapist had to help him trust that his knee was strong again. He had been unable to use his leg for such a long time that he had to retrain his brain’s ability to trust that his leg was healed after surgery.
This was a huge turning point in his healing. Once he got through his fear that it would hurt, get re-injured, or that he would fall if he put pressure on it, he became confident again in using his leg.
Do you need to re-train your brain’s ability to trust in the recovery process? Are you holding back from doing what you know you should do because of fear? If so, it is time to start realizing that what you have believed was okay to do is what got you to where you are now. Maybe it is time to stretch yourself and trust. It could open a whole new world of possibilities for you!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.