What to do whilst you are waiting
You have finally plucked up the courage to reach out for support and may now need to wait several weeks before your first appointment. We know this can feel like a lifetime, but it's important to remember that you already started your journey by reaching out to us.
Here's our list of the top five things you can do whilst waiting for your first appointment.
You don’t have to do this journey on your own. Have a daily check in with a loved one or a friend and share what you are looking forward to, or something you're grateful for. If it's safe, share how you feel with them.
2. Stay calm
Make a list of the things that make you feel calm or safe. This could be a parent, a friend, a partner, a pet; it could even be a place or a memory. Every time you feel anxious or sad, look at the list to remind yourself.
3. Focus on the things you can control
Write down your top three worries or negative thoughts; can you do anything about them? If you can, then create a little plan. If they are outside of your control, why are you worrying about them? Throw them away or put them in a worry jar.
4. Get up and get out
We often withdraw and isolate ourselves when we are feeling down, but this often makes us feel worse. Get up and do something! It doesn't have to be big, it can be as simple as cleaning your room, working out, meeting a friend or going for walk.
5. Remember it will get better
Many people struggle with their emotional wellbeing, and in our experience those who reach out and seek support generally feel better quicker, and develop skills so they can overcome future challenges. Write down what you think the problem is and what you think needs to happen to make you feel better. You could show this to someone you trust or to your counsellor on your first session.