In this week’s edition of Roller Coaster Moods Trapped in Cartoons, Felicity Tse opens up and shows us a glimpse into her life that now involves Therapy, with her piece ‘Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone.’
Here’s Felicity Tse’s statement about this piece.
“This weekend marks the first week of therapy complete, and it was also one of the biggest personal accomplishments I’ve had in a while, anxiety-free! Anxiety can make you feel like you’re sitting alone in a glass house, watching everyone around you do things you feel unable/unready to do. The act of stepping outside of your comfort zone is the first and hardest step, but the things that lie beyond that are amazing and open so many other doors and opportunities – you just have to open the first one.”
For those of you that are still on the fence about dealing with whatever mental health issues you battle on a daily basis, let me just say that the first step is always the most difficult. You’re most likely so used to the way you’re living that it feels comfortable. That may sound upside down, but it’s not. The thought of change feels so foreign to you that you’ll resist it as much as possible.
For example, if I’m used to being treated poorly in a relationship, that’s what I’m used to. It’s all I know. So let’s say one day, I date someone new, and I’m being treated well, then all of a sudden I start feeling strange because I don’t know these feelings. I don’t know what it’s like to feel loved and taken care of. It’s so weird to me that I just might start coming up with excuses to run. Saying things like ‘This person is too nice.’ or ‘I don’t like how this person always wants to be with me.’
It may all sound like backward thinking, but it’s not. And the reality is, this type of behavior won’t stop until you’ve finally had enough this type of thinking and want to take the first step in starting new. It’s called an ‘opening,’ and during this time, you have the opportunity to see a therapist for the first time as Felicity Tse did. Maybe therapy isn’t for you, and you just opened up to a friend, or took a workshop, or talked to your doctor, or called a helpline.
No matter what, the first step is always the hardest because it’s difficult to step out of a comfort zone, no matter how uncomfortable most people think that zone may be.
So one more time, we just want to thank Felicity Tse for her wonderful and thought-provoking artwork once again.
We hope that for all you mental health warriors out there are inspired by Felicity’s work and if you want to contribute to our site in the future, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone by Felicity Tse
If you or a loved one you know is showing signs of a Mental Health Disorder, whether it be Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Scizophrenia, Addiction, Body Dysmorphia etc., or maybe you just need someone to talk to, please do get the help you need. If you feel like you need to talk to someone right now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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