Denial is something we all do. We deny our health when we ignore tight jeans by refusing to lose weight. We deny our health when we keep pushing ourselves when our body is screaming with pain or tiredness. We deny our health when we stay in situations that we know deep down are unhealthy.
Denial is a common defence mechanism. Defense mechanisms are often unconscious. Sometimes we don’t realize we’re using denial in the moment. Denial is the refusal to accept reality or fact, acting as if a painful event, thought or feeling did not exist. Many people use denial in their everyday lives to avoid dealing with painful feelings or areas of their life they don’t wish to admit.
Something often happens that means we can’t ignore denial anymore. Whether it’s losing weight, leaving a job or relationship or facing up to health issues, you can support yourself in overcoming denial, and make the necessary changes. Making changes is a stressor, no matter how big or small the issue seems. There are techniques you can use to manage this stress.
Find a support network of family, friends or professionals to help you. Develop a self-care programme consisting of healthy and enjoyable stress management techniques. These can include exercise, healthy eating, nature walks, yoga, meditation, massage, reiki, self-help books, journaling, courses or workshops.
For stress management and mental health contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit www.relaxfromstress.ie.
Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 15 August 2017
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