It's that time again - a holiday. Next week is our country's annual celebration of independence, freedom and liberty from the rule of England. Yet in seasons of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addiction and/or other difficulty, we don't feel free from oppression or at liberty to pursue happiness. Then these markers - holidays, anniversaries, etc. - come along with a distinct reminder of how we "should", "suppose", or "use" to feel. The weight of our emotions and circumstances feels even heavier, our shame grows and we sink deeper into the internal darkness.
What if you could have your own revolution from oppression, and declare independence from the "shoulds", "suppose to's" and "use to's"? The fact is you don't feel celebratory. Liberation is not your emotional reality at this time. And that's okay!
This season, may you start taking action towards independence from unrealistic expectations, freedom from faking, and liberty to be honest with yourself & authentic with others.
For support in taking action to declare your personal Independence Day, call SummerTree Therapy!