Changing Everything

Changing Everything

I was walking again
in the woods,
a yellow light
was sifting all I saw.

Willfully,
with a cold heart,
I took a stick,
lifted it to the opposite side
of the path.

There, I said to myself,
that’s done now.
Brushing one hand against the other,
to clean them
of the tiny fragments of bark.

Jane Hirshfield

It’s September and the beginning of autumn, a time of change. Feeling anxious and depressed can be so debilitating that it’s hard to know where to turn. We often assume that these feelings will resolve themselves and we tend to wait just a little too long before looking for help. At the same time, in the media there has never been more debate and attention on mental health. What does mental health mean? The term no longer refers solely to clinical psychological disorders but can apply to ordinary psychological wellbeing. This feels harder to come by in a complicated world with our attention increasingly fragmented.

However, there is strong evidence to state that the restoring and maintaining of mental health is much more effective with the benefit of counselling and therapy than without. It can be hard to open up about problems that haven’t been talked about. It can really help to throw open the doors of the temples of our minds to these fresh new beginnings in September. Even if it leads us where we would rather not go, this new path may be a better one!