You’ve probably heard the phrase “doing the work” by now. If not, let me catch you up to speed. It’s become a pretty common expression when talking about therapy. Let me break it down to what it looks like.
But what exactly does “doing the work” in therapy actually look like?
Does it mean getting out the hammer and nails? Well, not exactly. Unless you’re referring to a metaphorical hammer. Each persons “work” is different. Your work depends on the things you want to focus on and improve in your life. Although everyone’s work is unique to them, there’s some shared work stuff that most people want to get better at.
Here’s what “Doing The Work” may look like in therapy:
- Committing to yourself every day.
- Knowing how observe all of your emotions.
- Learning how to respond, not just react.
- Remembering to breathe. Then breathe again.
- Learning how to accept yourself.
- Defining your boundaries.
- Then holding those boundaries firm.
- Finding the now and hold on to it.
- Releasing the things you can’t control.
Doing this type of “work” in therapy can be challenging, that’s why it’s called work. Just because work can be tough, doesn’t mean you can’t have fin and enjoy the journey.
If you’re ready to “do the work” in your own life, schedule your free 10 min. phone consultation here to see how therapy can help you.